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University of Geneva

4.0 out of 5 (13 ratings / 8 reviews) Genève, Switzerland
Founded in 1559 by Jean Calvin, the University of Geneva is dedicated to thinking, teaching, dialogue and research. With 16’500 students of more than 150 different nationalities, UNIGE offers more than 500 programmes (including 129 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes, 80 doctoral programmes) and more than 300 continuing education programmes covering an extremely wide variety of fields.

Master's Programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (11)
Computer Science & IT (3)
Medicine & Health (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Education & Training (1)

About

History

Founded in 1559 by Jean Calvin, the University of Geneva (UNIGE) is dedicated to teaching, research and dialogue with society. 

Education

UNIGE offers UNIGE offers more than 500 programmes (including 129 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes, 80 doctoral programmes) and more than 300 continuing education programmes covering an extremely wide variety of fields: exact sciences, medicine, humanities, social sciences, law, etc. Its domains of excellence in research include life sciences (molecular biology, bio-informatics), physics of elementary particles, and astrophysics. UNIGE is also host and co-host to seven National Centres of Competence in Research: Frontiers in Genetics, MaNEP, PlanetS, SwissMap, Chemical Biology, Synaptic Bases of Mental Diseases and LIVES-Overcoming vulnerabilities in a life course perspective. 

 

Research

To pursue the acquisition of fundamental knowledge through research. Where a research field may lead to practical spin-offs, the University supports the related applied research. The University is involved in most cutting-edge sectors and has been active in multi- and interdisciplinary research for several years

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University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2019
58 1
2018
59 1
2017
60
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2020
94 -6
2019
88
2018
88
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2020
110 -2
2019
108 -10
2018
98
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2020
144 -9
2019
135 -5
2018
130
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.

Services

Housing services

We provide different types of accommodation, such as individual bedrooms with access to communal kitchen and bathroom facilities, individual bedrooms in shared apartments for 2 to 7 people, and studio apartments, totalling 675 beds.

Library services

Yes, they have books, ebooks, articles or journal databases or you can even book a workspace.

ICT services

The IT research and teaching assistants (ARE-i) are students’ main points of contact for IT support. These students, who have undergone special training for their role, can be found in each faculty’s computer lab as well as the various libraries around campus.

Medical services

Medical and pharmaceutical costs are high in Switzerland. You must absolutely purchase medical and accident insurance upon your arrival. The various available insurance options will be sent to you with your letter of acceptance.

Student Life

Campus life

Geneva's multicultural environment is reflected in the University of Geneva’s student body and its strong international relations policy. The University takes part in numerous agreements, networks as well as bilateral and multilateral programmes such as the Swiss European Mobility Programme (ex-Erasmus). These partnerships take the form of student or teacher exchanges, research and joint programmes, participation in international events, and more.

Sports facilities

A rich sports and cultural activities programme awaits its students all year-long: more than 80 types of sports (including camps and championships) are on offer:

  • Aqua training
  • Aerobics
  • Aikido - Judo
  • Self-defense
  • Rowing
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Beach volleyball
  • Boxing etc.

Student clubs

A long list of student associations means many more activities, networking and friendship opportunities await all students.

  • Association des Étudiant-e-s en Archéologie Préhistorique et Anthropologie (AEAPA)
  • Association des Étudiant-e-s en Français Langue Étrangère (AEFLE)
  • Association des Étudiant-e-s en Histoire Économique et Sociale (AEHES)
  • Association des Étudiant-e-s en Droit (AED)
  • Association des Étudiant-e-s en Psychologie (ADEPSY)
  • Association des Étudiant-e-s en Traduction et Interprétation (AETI)
  • Association Latino-américaine de l’Université de Genève (ALMA)
  • Association Musulmane des Étudiant-e-s Universitaires de Genève (AMEUG)
  • Collectif Datcha
  • Club Genevois de Débat

Accreditation

The University of Geneva is accredited by the Swiss Agency of Accreditation and Quality Assurance (AAQ).

Student Reviews

Best years of my life so far!
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

It was an amazing experience from a social perspective. I have met smart and open-minded people from all over the world, who have become really close to me and on whom I can rely in case of need. It was a great experience from an academic point of view as well. I would have preferred more specific knowledge in some fields, but my degree was meant as an interdisciplinary...

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Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

The location of the university of Geneva is great, especially when studying international relations you're right in the city where it's all about global affairs. Courses are overcrowded however, there is not really any individuality because of the great amount of students and for non francophones it might be difficult to feel integrated

A deeply formative experience
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

The University of Geneva offers a wide array of classes for anyone in its faculty of social sciences, which includes political science students. I was very lucky to study such diverse topics, which helped me open up my mind and think critically. I do, however, wish for my Master's course to be more concretelly embedded into the professional world, which is why I chose the...

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