Why Study in Geneva?

Academic Excellence & High standards of Research

The University of Geneva stands out as one of the best comprehensive universities in the world - 58th Shanghai Ranking - and one of the 20 best research universities in Europe.

Participants experience a prestigious university founded in 1559.

Multicultural Environment

You will get the opportunity to experience Geneva's dynamic, multicultural and international environment.

You will be exposed to world-class expertise with unique networking opportunities.

High Quality of Life

Geneva won in 2017 for the third time the "Europe's Leading City Break Destination Awards".

The quality of life in the Lake Geneva region is most exceptional.

Geneva is remarquable for its natural beauty. Set on the vast expanse of Lake Geneva, surrounded by mountains, Geneva enjoys breathtaking views of the Mont Blanc peak and the Alps.

International Geneva


For over 100 years, Switzerland has been home to many international organisations. With its 99 international organisations, programmes, institutes and funds, 250 NGOs, 177 countries represented, and 246 permanent missions and delegations, Geneva could be considered the capital of multilateral diplomacy. Dubbed "International Geneva" for the role it plays as host city for international organisations, Geneva is the largest centre of negotiation and international cooperation in the world next to New York.

The University of Geneva is steeped in this international environment which is the defining trait of the city. For many years the university has been a respected and indispensable partner of "International Geneva". The many close ties and collaborations between the university and governmental and non-governmental international organisations (IOs/NGOs) have proven to be both invaluable assets and a distinguishing feature of our university.

Switzerland: stunning, diverse and on top!

Switzerland has its heart beating to the rhythm of diversity

With its 26 cantons as member states that make up the Federal state, four national languages are spoken in Switzerland (German, French, Italian, Romansh). Despite its small size, Switzerland has one of the most striving economies in the world, is home to eleven world heritage sites (UNESCO) and has a leading role in scientific innovations.

Being one of the few direct democracies in the world, Switzerland has long held a tradition of military neutrality and has thus gained a reputation of being « the capital of peace ». One of the biggest humanitarian organizations, the International Committee of the Red Cross, was founded in Switzerland in 1863, by Henry Dunant.

With its indisputable role in the banking world, watchmaking, cheese and chocolate industries, Switzerland has already produced some of the world’s biggest brands: Nescafe, Nestlé, Rolex, ABB, UBS, Novartis and Lindt, among many more.

Stunning landscapes surround every inch of Switzerland: the breathtaking mountain peaks leave no eye unturned, the picturesque lakes and rivers leave no sense untouched. Winter and summer sports all find their place in this small country!

For a full feel of the Swiss atmosphere, why not visit some of the nearby towns and sites? Mount Salève provides an impressive view of Geneva during all seasons. Or, visit Chamonix, home to the world famous Mont-Blanc. For the lovers of chocolate, why not visit the chocolate factories and see how this wonder gets to be made? Don’t forget the cheese factories!

In themselves, Swiss towns have much to offer to all curious minds: Berne (the capital), Lausanne, Montreux, Zurich, Lucerne, Fribourg, Basel and many others each have their own unique flavour for you to discover.

Before you leave, make sure you have tasted the traditional cheese fondue and blown a Swiss alpine horn!

But be careful: just like its chocolate, once you have tasted some of Switzerland, you will want more and keep coming back. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!