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Program Information:
sociology italy
  Location   Geneva, Switzerland
  Autumn Semester / Academic Year
  Spring Semester
  Credits   20-28 UW credits per semester
  Eligibility   Junior standing or above by time of  
  departure; min. 3.0 GPA
  Language   French 303 or equivalent
  Adviser   Mike Renes |
  Jan. 15 (Autumn Semester and Academic Year)
  Spring Semester priority deadline
  May 15 (Spring Semester)
  General   Study at a one of the most prestigious
  universities in the field of international
  relations, in the heart of the worldwide
  center of diplomacy. Surrounded by two
  mountain ranges, at the southwestern end
  of pristine Lake Geneva, there may be no
  more beautiful city in which to study abroad.
  Where You Will Study
  Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships
  Application Process
  Program Evaluations
  Visas This country is part of the Schengen area. Please click here to learn more about important rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area.


Where You Will Study

Founded in 1559, the University of Geneva just celebrated its 450 year anniversary! Today, UNIGE is the second largest university in Switzerland and has produced 10 Nobel laureates to date. Classes are taught mainly in French, and though the breadth of the university's academic offerings is vast, it is particularly noted for its academic and research programs in international relations. It also has a strong commitment to community service.



The university pursues three missions: teaching, research and service to the community. It has been ranked number one generalist university in Europe and thirty-second world wide among the "Top 100 Global Universities" in 2006 and is a member of the League of European Research Universities.

The University of Geneva has a student body of 13 300 students. More than one-third of all students come from abroad, attracted by the University's location and strong academic programs and approach. The University has eight faculties (colleges) and a huge number of programs and courses within each faculty besides numerous centers for research.

Classes are taught mainly in French, though occasionally in English, with The University now following the requirements of the Bologna Process: three years of undergraduate studies, 1-2 years of graduate studies and 3-5 years of doctorate studies.

You can begin your search for courses right here:

Geneva course information

If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.

For more information on how these courses will appear on your UW transcript, please visit: credits for exchanges



Students are responsible for securing their own housing, though there is limited housing available through the university on a first come first served basis. Students should note that housing and living costs are very high in Geneva.


Program Expenses, Financial Aid & Scholarships

As a participant of a university exchange, you pay an exchange fee equivalent to UW tuition (1.5 quarters of UW tuition for semester-long exchanges, and 3 quarters of UW tuition for academic year exchanges). Exchange fees are determined by UW residency status: in-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to in-state tuition, and out-of-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to out-of-state tuition. The exchange fee and IPE administrative fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. In most cases, you pay housing fees directly to the host institution or housing facility. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.

For the total estimated costs of this particular program, you may request a budget by filling out a Budget Request Form.

For more information about budgeting, financial aid, and scholarships for study abroad visit our page on Finances.


Application Process

To apply for this exchange, click the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts to create an application. After you create your application, click on each of the links on your study abroad application homepage and complete the remaining application requirements: questionnaires, material submissions, and electronic signature documents.

University exchanges may also require completion of a secondary application specific to the host institution. Instructions about this process will be provided to you by your study abroad advisor following your selection for the exchange.

See Applications and Recommendations for additional information about the application process and tips for recommendations.

See Withdrawal for UW program withdrawal policies.



Program Evaluations

After participating in a UW Study Abroad program, students are asked to complete a Program Evaluation Report detailing their experiences abroad and giving advice for future students. These reports cover all aspects of a student's time abroad, including orientation, academics, housing, finances, and cultural differences. 

To see past students' evaluations for the University of Geneva Direct Exchange program, click on the link below.

There are currently no program evaluations for this program on file.

Note: student names and contact information have been crossed off for confidentiality reasons. If you would like to get in contact with a previous participant of this program, please inquire at the Study Abroad Office or email