Université de Genève is an exchange destination for Environmental Sciences students of the faculty of Geosciences of Utrecht University in Genève, Switzerland.

Student experiences

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Academic calendar

Academic year

The academic year lasts from August 1 to July 31 of the following year. It is divided into two semesters.

Fall semester: August 1 through January 31
Spring semester: February 1 through July 31

Lecture times for all degree programs (apart from Medicine)

Fall semester: Calendar week 38 to 51 (mid-September to Christmas)
Spring semester: Calendar week 8 to 22 (mid-February to end of May)

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Since most course are taught in French, a proficient level of French is required. 

Areas of study open to exchange students

Environmental Sciences

Language of instruction

Most courses are in French. 

Housing assistance

Yes, see: Accomodation.

Estimated living costs per month

For your stay in Switzerland, you need at least CHF 1,500 a month for accommodation and food. See the information below for costs in more detail: 

Accommodation (potential additional costs: telephone, internet, Billag*)  620 - 800   CHF  
Health / medical insurance 180 - 400 CHF
Food, household goods 400 - 500 CHF
Public transport 100 CHF
Course material   100 CHF
Miscellaneous 100 - 300 CHF
TOTAL 1,500 - 2,200 CHF

* Every household in Switzerland is obligated to register their receiving devices and pay the radio and television fees. Your fees contribute to the public service offered by radio and television broadcasting in Switzerland. You have to register your receiving devices with Billag even if you pay for cable TV in your ancillary costs. Detailed information are available on the Billag web site.


The standard unit of study is the semester. The normal load of a semester is 30 credits. The convention of 30 credits/semester was chosen to adjust to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The credits assess the normal volume of a student's work.

Number of places available

2 places per year. 

More information

More information about studying abroad: in Dutch and in English.

Email international.geo@uu.nl 
(include your name, programme and student number)
Telephone +31 30 253 9559
Or make an appointment by sending an email to international.geo@uu.nl

Address room 1.20, Koningsbergergebouw

For questions not answered on this site about exchange programmes, you can seek assistance from the International Office Geosciences.

Opening hours

The International Office Geosciences can be reached by telephone on Tuesday from 10:30 - 11:30 and 12:30 - 14:30, or via Teams by appointment (international.geo@uu.nl)