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At a Glance

The Curriculum

The program begins with a three-week orientation including intensive French language study, culture and history courses, and excursions. During the semester, students study in French and/or English and follow one of three tracks:

Track A. International Internship Program

Intern at an international organization at least three days per week; study French; take the core Humanitarianism and Practicum courses at the Smith Center; enroll in at least one Graduate Institute or University of Geneva course. Available fall or spring; can be combined with Track B or C for a year-long option. Applicants are expected to have at least one semester of college-level French or the equivalent.

Track B. University Studies Program

Enroll in four to five Smith Center and university courses each semester in either French or English, including a French language course. Available for the academic year for students with two years of college-level French or equivalent; and spring for students with at least one year of French or equivalent.

Track C. International Relations Program

Enroll in four Smith Center and Graduate Institute courses each semester, including French language. Take a core Humanitarianism course at the Smith Center along with other International Studies/Development courses at the Graduate Institute. Available fall or spring. Available for students with at least one semester of college-level French. Can be combined with Tracks A or B for a year-long option.


The Smith Center and Resident Academic Director

The centrally located Smith Center houses the offices of the resident academic director and the associate director, who provide academic advising and friendly guidance. The Smith Center has a study lounge with internet, computers and a printer, a small library, a classroom, and a kitchenette.

University Residence Halls

Year-long students share a modern suite with Swiss and international students at the Centre Universitaire Protestant (CUP), near the university and city center, in walking distance of campus, the Old Town and the lake. Fall or spring semester students occupy double rooms, either at Les Berges, a newly renovated landmark building located on the left bank of the Rhône river in central Geneva, or in a cozy women's residence, Home St-Pierre, located in a historic building on the cathedral square of the Vielle Ville (Old Town). All residences provide internet access.


Women and men from four-year colleges are invited to apply. See track descriptions for requirements. All Tracks require a 3.0 GPA.

Application Deadlines

Smith student applications for full-year or fall semester are due on the first Monday in February (2/05/18). Guest student applications will be accepted until the second Monday in March (3/19/18) on a space-available, rolling basis; applying by the February deadline is encouraged.

All applications (Smith and guest) for spring semester will be accepted on a space-available, rolling basis until the first Monday in May (5/07/18); applying by the February deadline is encouraged.

2018-19 Program Fee

$34,820 per semester includes orientation, tuition, academic advising and course selection assistance, housing in a student residence, a daily stipend for meals, health insurance, medical emergency coverage, excursions and cultural activities. Students should consult their home institutions regarding financial aid assistance.