Rules and Regulations

Geneva Summer Schools Regulations

Geneva Summer Schools

  • Geneva Summer Schools (hereinafter: the GSS) are short-term training courses offered by the University of Geneva during the summer months covering several courses across multiple disciplines.
  • GSS are provided by the University of Geneva in-person or through on-line teaching platforms

Description of GSS and the courses are available at the following link:

Admission Requirements

Admissions Requirements to the GSS are the following:

  • Language requirement: Applicants must possess a sufficient command of the GSS instruction language to be demonstrated in their motivation letter, and illustrated through studies and professional experience.
  • Studies: Applicants should:
    •  be enrolled as a student in a university level academic institution, or
    •  have completed a university degree.
  • Motivation letter: Applicants must express their interest in the GSS in a brief motivation letter included with their online application.
    • CV: Applicants must include a CV/Resume with their online application.
    • Specific requirements: Additional requirements may be requested for a GSS (i.e. specific prerequisites, letter of reference, technical knowhow, practical experience, etc.). Applicants should refer to the applicable conditions on the website.

Applications and Enrolment

  • GSS are merit based and limited number of places are reserved to selected candidates meeting the perquisites.
  • Applications are evaluated upon reception of a full application, GSS enrolment takes place on a rolling basis and GSS fill up from the date applications open (not only after the application deadline).
  • As the aim of the GSS is to attract international students and the GSS are self-funding, priority is given to international students. Subject to availability and if the GSS is self-funded, students from the University of Geneva may apply to GSS at a preferential price.
  • GSS applications can only be made through the online application tool. By submitting a GSS application, the applicant confirms having read and accepted these regulations.
  • GSS applications are evaluated by the Geneva Summer Schools Office and the GSS Director, who reserve the right to deny access to a GSS if the applicant does not satisfy the Admission Requirements.
  • The Geneva Summer School Office notifies the applicants of its admission or refusal to the GSS in writing.
  • Once admitted to the GSS, it is only upon reception of the full tuition payment that an applicant is considered formally enrolled and their place in the GSS is secured.

Tuition Fees and Payment

  • Tuition fees are as advertised on the website and can only be paid through the online payment method or bank transfer, in Swiss Francs (CHF).
  • Tuition fees must be paid within the period determined by the GSS Director and communicated in the admission email and no later than one month prior to the GSS start date. If payment is not made in due time, Geneva Summer Schools Office reserves the right to cancel the admission and attribute the place to another applicant.
  • The amount of the tuition fees are mentioned on the website. A non-refundable administrative fee of CHF 100 is included in the tuition fees.
  • University of Geneva students benefit from a preferential price subject to the number of available places.

Duties and Obligations of the Participant

  • The participant shall comply with all the regulations applicable to the University of Geneva. The Geneva Summer Schools Office reserves the right to exclude any participant who fails to comply with these regulations. In that case, the emolument will not be reimbursed to the participant.
  • GSS participants will not obtain the status of an official student at the University of Geneva.
  • University of Geneva students are admitted at very advantageous conditions at a special fare. In return, Geneva Summer Schools Office expects from the University of Geneva students to fulfil their role as ambassadors of the university community and to make proof of a positive and welcoming learning environment. Geneva Summer Schools Office may ask them to complete some additional tasks during the summer school in order to assist the guest lecturers and the external participants during their stay at their convenience.


  • A Certificate of Attendance will be issued by the GSS Office to participants from the University of Geneva attending a course providing an equivalence of ECTS credits, if they satisfy the GSS requirements.
  • A Certificate of Completion will be issued by the University of Geneva to other participants, if they satisfy the GSS requirements.
  • Some GSS may include a final evaluation. These evaluations are optional. The University of Geneva may provide to the participant a transcript upon request.


  • The number of equivalence in ECTS credits is mentioned in the description of the GSS and determined according to the standards applicable to the University of Geneva.
  • Upon request, participants may receive a statement with the number of the ECTS credits allocated by the University of Geneva and their grade if the participant has made an evaluation.
  • As the case may be, it is the participant’s responsibility to verify if the ECTS credits of the GSS may be validated in the program pursued at their home university prior to participating in the GSS. The University of Geneva will not be held responsible if the ECTS credits cannot be validated at the home university.
  • In principle, University of Geneva students currently enrolled may not validate the ECTS credits obtained in their academic cursus at the University of Geneva, unless the GSS of their choice is part of their study plan. The latter group of students is fully exempted of the GSS tuition fees.

Cancellation by the University of Geneva

  • The Geneva Summer Schools Office reserves the right to cancel a GSS due to unexpected reasons. The cancellation will be communicated on the website and by email within a reasonable deadline.
  • In that case, tuition fees - excluding the CHF 100 administrative fees - will be refunded to the participant.
  • Travel and accommodation fees will not be refunded by the Geneva Summer Schools Office and are the sole responsibility of the participants, who should keep this in mind when making travel and/or accommodation arrangements.

Cancellation by the Participant

  • If a participant cancels his/her enrolment, interrupts the GSS or ends it prematurely, the costs are as follows:
  • If the participant cancels more than four weeks before the start of the GSS, he/she will have to pay 50% of the full Course fee, beyond the CHF 100 administrative fee;
  • If the participant cancels within four weeks of the start of the GSS or during the GSS, tuition fees (including the administrative fee) will not be refunded.

Insurance and other costs

  • Those of the participants attending the GSS in person are responsible for purchasing the appropriate insurances (including but not limited to civil liability, accident and health insurance) for the GSS length.
  • Participants shall assume all the costs associated with their participation to the GSS (including but not limited to accommodation, travel, living expenses,…).

Waiver of Responsibility

  • The liability of the University of Geneva, whether in contract or in tort, under any warranty, is limited to gross negligence or wilful misconduct of a collaborator of the University of Geneva within the scope of its official functions for the institution. All further liability, notably for indirect and consequential losses are excluded.

Applicable Law and Place of Jurisdiction

  • Any disputes in relation with the GSS that cannot be resolved amicably shall be exclusively resolved by the Courts of Geneva under the Swiss Law.

Entry into force

  • These regulations have been adopted by the Rectorate and enter into force on 20 April 2020
  • They may be modified at any time.

Regulation reviewed and updated on 20 April 2020.