Pepperdine University Lausanne

Pepperdine University's study abroad program on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland. We offer students the chance to engage in experiential learning through summer, semester, and year long programs intentionally designed for academic, personal, and spiritual growth. At the heart of the international experience is the community that forms as our students explore the world and share their lives together in our house. They foster trust and interdependence by pledging to conduct themselves with integrity, to treat each member with dignity, and to “speak the truth in love.” This supportive context allows students a space to reflect deeply and develop in the intellectual, social, and spiritual domains of their lives.

 

 

Kent State University

Kent State University has been educating students in Switzerland for more than 30 years. During this time, the Kent State-Geneva program has served as an exceptional academic and cultural study abroad opportunity for students within the eight-campus system of Kent State University and beyond. Through an integrative and varied academic curricula, immersive cultural programming, pre-professional internship opportunities, and valuable social engagement, Kent State-Geneva functions as a valuable source for academic growth, global awareness, career advancement, and personal enrichment. Through its partnership with Webster University, Kent State-Geneva offers short-term and semester-long academic programs for U.S. and international undergraduate students. Based upon a liberal arts foundation, the curriculum affords students a range of academic options, including a field experience course highlighted by an internship placement at one of Geneva’s myriad NGOs and non-profit organizations. One of five Kent State international centers, Kent State-Geneva exemplifies the global mission and impact of Kent State University.

 

 

Smith College

Smith College is a highly selective liberal arts college for women founded in Northampton, Massachusetts in 1871. Since then, it has stayed true to its mission of providing women with the best education available in the liberal arts and sciences. The emphasis given to preparing and encouraging women for leadership positions is a reflection of Smith's goal to empower women through education. Smith College is an excellent training ground for careers such as engineering, sciences and astrophysics that might still be considered non-traditional for women. Smith also has a long standing tradition of study abroad programs which offer students the opportunity to enlarge their horizons and discover other cultures and languages. In this context a Smith College program was opened in Geneva in 1947. It was the first international agreement of collaboration signed by the University of Geneva with a foreign academic institution with the aim to develop student and faculty exchange.

The International Studies Program in Geneva welcomes about 35 students annually to its center in the heart of the city. It begins with an intense orientation period of French classes, cultural integration and introduction to Geneva. Students have a wide range of study interests but many are international relations and government majors who are attracted by the wealth of international organizations located in Geneva. Students on the program can study in most University of Geneva departments in addition to following in-house French and International Relations courses at the Smith Center. Most students intern part-time and complete a research paper related to their internship giving them direct access to the professional world of Geneva's international organizations and NGO’s. Smith College also has an agreement of a joint BA-MA with the Graduate Institute for International Studies. Three full tuition scholarships are offered to University of Geneva students to study at Smith College in Northampton and at Smith'sconsortium colleges: Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

 

 

Colgate University

Colgate is a highly selective residential liberal arts institution distinguished by academic excellence and interdisciplinary inquiry. Located in Hamilton, New York, Colgate has a student body of 2,900. With small classes, a strong emphasis on faculty-student interaction, and a residential community valuing all forms of intellectual rigor, we help students become thoughtful, critical thinkers and perceptive leaders. This means fostering diversity of thought and action by offering 54 majors and numerous minors founded in a Liberal Arts Core Curriculum that has been recognized as one of the most elegant in the country. At the same time, our students contribute to a vibrant campus culture that complements and expands on the knowledge created in our classrooms and labs. Students who attend Colgate immerse themselves in an environment filled with bright minds and great ambitions. Colgate's mission is to provide a demanding, expansive educational experience to a select group of diverse, talented, and intellectually sophisticated students who are capable of challenging themselves, their peers, and their teachers in a setting that brings together living and learning.

 

 

Boston University

Boston University’s Geneva Program is run by the Trustees of Boston University for US students who wish to spend a semester studying in Switzerland. Boston University is a large research university with an extensive global presence. BU’s Geneva program is run in partnership with the University of Geneva. We have two tracks in the Spring and Fall, International Relations/Law and Public Health. Both of these tracks carry 16 credits and include a for-credit internship which is arranged by the program. In the Spring we also have a Physics program: these students are on a six-month program, combining Unige Physics classes with a research project at CERN where we also have a partnership agreement. In the summer we run two short programs on Conflict Resolution and Global Governance. All students on our programs are housed in a comfortable central residence run by BU. Housing is covered by the program fees, as is Swiss health insurance and all visas and permits. A number of University of Geneva students are accepted for a year or a semester at Boston University as part of the exchange agreement.

 

 

Webster University Geneva

Webster University Geneva is the Swiss campus of Webster University based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.  While Webster University was founded in 1915, Webster Geneva opened in 1978 and was the university's first international campus outside the United States.  Currently, there are 660 students from over 90 different countries, attending courses at Webster University Geneva.  Roughly 525 student are enrolled in Bachelor courses based on a liberal arts foundation, while the remainder, 135 students, study towards a Master's degree.  The five buildings that house staff and full time faculty members' offices, classrooms, a library, a residential dorm and a cafeteria sit in a park like setting of 24'000 sq/m of land within view of Lake Geneva and the Alps.  Webster University Geneva operates as an independent, private, not for profit entity.