|Academic Term||Autumn Semester / Academic Year|
|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|
|Program Manager||Mike Renes | firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Priority Application Deadline||January 15 (Autumn Semester / Academic Year)|
|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.|
Founded in 1559, the University of Geneva (UNIGE) is the second largest university in Switzerland and has produced 10 Nobel laureates to date. The university pursues three missions: teaching, research and service to the community. The University of Geneva has a student body of over 16,000 students, with more than one-third of all students come from abroad, attracted by the university's location and strong academic programs. The university has nine faculties (colleges) - including medicine, sciences, humanities, law, and more - and a huge number of programs and courses within each faculty. Interested students may take courses offered within any of these faculties. Classes are taught mainly in French. Overall, though the breadth of the university's academic offerings is vast, it is particularly noted for its academic and research programs in international relations.
Students can begin their search for courses right here: University of Geneva course catalog
Located on the southernmost tip of Lake Geneva and surrounded the Alps, Geneva is a beautiful city in Switzerland that is home to Europe's United Nations and the Red Cross. The city has many famous sites of national significance including the St. Pierre Cathedral and the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire. Geneva also offers a variety of food options ranging from Schnitzel (fried veal cutlet) to Rösti (grated potatoes shaped into a pancake) to Älplermagronen (a mix of macaroni and other ingredients) and more. The University of Geneva lies in the heart of the city and provides students access to all these options and more.
Prerequisites and Language Requirements
As the courses are taught mainly in French, students need to have sufficient French language skills (level B2 or higher) to apply for this study abroad program. Visit here to learn more about the eligibility requirements for this program.
20 - 28 UW credits per semester
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 about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.
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 UW Study Abroad Office 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.
- A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
- You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid. For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
- Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.
- There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
- Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
- For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered. You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship. Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.
We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:
- Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
- Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at email@example.com to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
- Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
- Visit the Finances section of our website.
HousingAlthough the University of Geneva has student residences, the housing for exchange students is limited and is available on a first-come-first-serve basis. These typically include an individual bedroom with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. As this option is limited, students are encouraged to search for housing outside of the university. The university's Accommodation Office has resources available for students to secure their own housing.
Students can learn more about their accommodations by visiting University of Geneva housing.
The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.
The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.
If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance.
The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.
To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.
UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest.
Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.
The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.
The $700 UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. Note that no part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun.
The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:
- Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
- Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.
Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.