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The year in Geneva begins with a three-week orientation to prepare students for academic and cultural life in Geneva. The orientation is organized in three parts: French language courses, familiarization with everyday life (practical tours, scavenger hunts), and site visits (City Tours, United Nations, Museums, etc.)

French language classes include classroom and outside the classroom sessions in order to help students to find their way into the urban geography and culture of Geneva. Students practice oral and written French communication in immersion classes (small groups, 2-3 levels). Courses in Swiss Francophone Literature and History of Switzerland and Geneva are given to advanced and high intermediate students.

A two-day trip outside the city of Geneva (for ex., Burgundy, Swiss Mountains) concludes the orientation.

Curricular Tracks

Students apply to one of two program tracks in Geneva. Students in both tracks are expected to study French or take a course taught in French each semester. Students are expected to take at least one university course per semester.

Track A: Course Requirements for Geneva International Internship Semester

Students admitted to this track intern in an international organization three to four days per week and take the following courses:

Track B: Course Requirements for University Studies in French or English

Students admitted to this track enroll in four to five courses each semester.


All Track A students earn 14 credits plus an additional 2 credits for orientation. All Track B students earn 16 credits per semester plus an additional 2 credits for orientation.