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Activities and Excursions

The city of Geneva, the surrounding region of western France, and destinations throughout Switzerland offer students a wide range of activities during the academic year.

Cultural Excursions

During orientation, a two-day trip is organized to help students socialize and discover the region: for instance, Burgundy (night in a castle, bike trip in the vineyard, and wine tasting) or Swiss Mountains (night in a chalet, sleigh ride, chocolate workshop)

During the semester typical day trips can include the medieval Château of Chillon, the Swiss capital of Bern, the medieval French city of Yvoire and the Lavaux vineyards (UNESCO World Heritage Site).

Cultural Activities

Small group and individual outings to the theater, the opera, the museums and to lectures on politics and international relations. The Association of the International Students in Geneva (Exchange Student Network) offers a warm welcome and organizes parties and events; the University of Geneva offers a variety of cultural activities such as theatre, dance, cinema club, choir, etc.

Sports Activities

The University of Geneva offers a wide range of sport activities. Among other activities, enjoy sailing or rowing on the beautiful Lac Léman, horseback riding, alpinism or a ski trip to the French or Swiss Alps.

Cultural Immersion

Occasional invitations from alumnae families to join them for discussions of the "Swiss way of life."