Study Abroad Program Overview
Study abroad in Switzerland at the University of Geneva, one of the top twelve research universities in Europe. Geneva is home to more than thirty international organizations and more than 300 NGOs and diplomatic missions. The city's multi-cultural environment is reflected in the University of Geneva’s student body and its academic strength in international relations. The interdisciplinary global studies program offers courses taught in English and classes include academic field trips to the many Geneva-based organizations. An optional full-time internship in the summer following the spring semester is also available.
UCEAP participants must be independent, pro-active, responsible, and self-sufficient for navigating daily life and classes in Geneva. There is less on-site support provided than in other UCEAP programs.
Known as the "smallest of big cities," Geneva's prime geographic location on the shores of Lake Geneva and less than an hour from Mont Blanc also makes it one of Europe's greenest. Ranking high in international surveys of quality of life, Geneva is also home to a wealth of art and cultural institutions and venues.
Students attend classes with host country students.
Language of Instruction
While core courses in the Global Studies program are taught in English, UC students with two years of university level French may choose from an additional range of courses.
You are required to enroll in a French language course as part of your program.
Go to the Participants
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mid-February to late June
Spring + Summer Internship
mid-February to mid-August
The University of Geneva manages summer internship placements in local international organizations, NGOs, and permanent missions. You will apply to an internship prior to departure and your placement will be confirmed once you are onsite in Geneva.
The University of Geneva's Accommodations Office offers housing in university residences, private halls of residence, and rooms to rent in private homes. Students in Geneva usually ride bikes or take public transportation, which is very accessible, to school.
The University of Geneva offers a range of sports and cultural activities. The Sports and Cultural Activities Office offers courses, internships, and workshops in music, theater, dance and sculpture, as well as provides information on local cultural events. The student exchange organization, ESN, organizes evening outings, excursions, and sports tournaments.
UCEAP students are supported by UC's network of UCEAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. The University of Geneva International Office provides limited international student services, including orientation and academic administration and counseling. Additional support is provided by the UC Lyon Study Center, which is 2 hours by train from Geneva.
See the UCEAP Program Guide for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).
The Geneva Global and International Studies program is an interdisciplinary semester program designed for students seeking an enriching academic experience in one of the world's major centers for international governance. The academically challenging program provides a series of interdisciplinary course modules taught in English that include academic field trips to the many Geneva-based organizations, such as the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, and the International Labor Organization.
You will enroll in a core module, "International Geneva: Issues and Institutions," which will explore issues of global governance, international trade and development, the environment and climate change, human rights, migration, humanitarian law, and global health. You will also choose three electives from a list of courses including:
- Economic Analysis in International Organizations
- International Environmental Law
- Concepts and Controversies in Global Health
- Environmental Diplomacy
- Environmental Economics
- International Institutional Law
- International Microeconomics
- Introduction to the World Trade Organization Legal System
- Law and Practice of European Union Foreign Policy
- Legality and Legitimacy: Stakes and Debates
- Model United Nations Seminar
You are also required to enroll in a French language course. French courses are offered at beginning through advanced levels. Students with French language proficiency can choose from an additional range of courses.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 25 quarter/17.2 semester UC units are required; five courses.
Research and Independent Study
Research and independent study is typically not available on this program.
University of Geneva
Founded in 1559 by Jean Calvin, the University of Geneva is Switzerland's second largest university. It enjoys a strong international reputation and ranks among the best European universities for the quality of its research and its excellence in education. The university's eight faculties offer a range of programs in many academic fields.
French is the main language of instruction, however, a number of courses are taught in English, including the Global and International Studies program offered by the Global Studies Institute.
Test Drive Your Future
Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.
- A full-time two month summer internship is an option for students who would like to extend their program in Geneva after the spring semester.
- Internship placements are offered in local international organizations, NGOs, and permanent missions in Geneva.
- Examples of Potential Internship Sponsors
Setting Up Your Internship
You will submit an internship application to UCEAP prior to departure. This will include a CV, a letter of motivation, and a 2-3 page writing sample (which can be an excerpt from a term paper).
When writing your letter of motivation be specific in what your goals are for this internship and what fields or organizations you are interested in.
You will be given a list of organizations that you will need to research and prioritize in terms of your interest in placement.
The University of Geneva manages the application and placement process and arranges for an academic supervisor.
Final selection of internships occurs after you arrive in Geneva and placement is not guaranteed.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
Estimated EAP Costs *
|Spring + Summer Internship||26||35||23.3||$9,300||$13,000|
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include Non Resident Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non Resident Fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
- Predeparture expenses (passport, health clearance, visa, etc.)
- Round-trip airfare from California
- UC fees
- Tuition at the University of Geneva
- On-site orientation
- Room and board
- Books and other incidental expenses (e.g. laundry, cell phone, etc.)
- Local transportation
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
List of Eligible Majors
Business Economics* History of Public Policy
Business Management Economics* International Development Studies
Development Studies International Relations/Studies
Economics Law & Society
Economics & Accounting Legal Studies
Economics & Mathematics Peace and Conflict Studies
Economics/International Area Studies Political Economy
Environmental Studies Political Science
Environmental Policy Politics
European Studies Public Policy
Global Studies Sociology
Global Cultures (UCI) Urban Studies and Planning
*This program does not offer Business courses. UC students majoring in Business must have a strong background in Economics.
- The University-level language requirement is: minimum 1 year (3 quarters / 2 semesters) with a minimum language GPA of 3.00.
3.00 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.GPA Note
: University of Geneva applicants must have a cumulative UC GPA of at least 3.0 (transfer GPAs are not accepted).
Other Eligibility Requirements:
University of Geneva applicants are required to have taken at least 3 upper division courses in the social sciences prior to departure. Excellent relevant academic record required, and at least two years of university course work (high school AP credit does not count).
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by the University of Geneva.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: