University of Geneva, Switzerland - Practical Information
The University and
Visa and Residence Permit
On average, a student will need at least CHF 1135 per month (food: 600.-, cultural activities and leisure: 250.-, public transportation: 70.-, study materials: 100.-, health care/other insurances: 115.-). This estimate does not include accommodation fees.
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The University of Geneva offers participants of the EuroScholars Program a private room with shared facilities (with max. 4 persons). Rooms are located downtown, at a short distance from the University buildings.
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Health insurance is compulsory for anyone living in Switzerland: the Health Insurance Department of the place of residence will ask the students to hand in their policy for health insurance. If the health insurance policy meets the Swiss requirements, an exemption from the obligatory insurance is possible. If not, a policy for basic insurance must be taken out at a Swiss health insurance company.
Visa and Residence Permit
If a visa is needed, the International Relations Office of the University of Geneva will assist you in obtaining it. Contact: see name and address above.
Once arrived in Geneva, students are required to register at the resident's registration office (Office cantonal de la population) in order to obtain their residence permit. The International Relations Office will give you the necessary information. For more information, please contact Mrs Annik Baumgartner (contact details: see above)
The International Relations Office organizes an orientation meeting for international students at the beginning of every semester. This meeting takes place in the week before lectures start. Participants will receive all relevant information on the orientation meeting before their arriving in Geneva.
Students can join in a wide rang of activities, such as:
students societies and newspaper read more
- university choir, orchestra or theatre group read more
religious organisations read more.
- dining halls read more
The International Relations Office organizes some activities for international students during the academic year. International students are also invited to join in the International Students Association of Geneva’s University.
Sports activities at UniGE
Cultural activities at UniGE
We also organize some parties or sail cruises on the lake during the year.
The Student ID-Card will be given to the students at the orientation meeting. It entitles them to use students facilities like the libraries and the university’s restaurants. Some theatres and bookstores also offer discounts for students.
Computer Access and Email account
Each faculty has its own computer rooms, accessible during daytime. All students at the University of Geneva receive an e-mail account and access to the university intranet website. All university buildings offer WiFi access.
Read more on access to university computers
Read more on WiFi access
Students are entitled to use all academic and public libraries in Geneva. There are many research libraries, the BPU being the more important one, and over 50 faculty and department libraries, which offer access to approximately 5 million books and several thousands electronic resources. Many of them are open on Saturdays and even Sundays.
Each faculty has its study advisor(s) giving academic advice. In addition, there is an International Coordinator, who can give more information if needed.
Psychological, personal counselling and learning disabilities
Sports and Recreational Facilities
All students are members of the sports section of the University and are invited to take part in sports activities. There are many sports facilities (swimming pools, tennis courts, gyms, ice skating). Furthermore there are lots of possibilities to sail or windsurf on the lake and the mountains surrounding Geneva are close enough to allow one-day skiing trips during the winter.
Dance, photography, cooking courses and several other recreational activities are also organized for students.
Geneva and its area offer a wide range of cultural and leisure activities: opera house, museums, concerts, sports events, music and dance festivals, bars, night clubs and discos.
General tourist information on Geneva can be found here.
Université de Genève, Switzerland - General Information