Université de Genève

Université de Genève is an exchange destination for Utrecht University School of LAW, Bachelor and Master students.

Student experiences

Student Experiences Geneve


International Students

Accommodation (information in French)


Academic calendar

University calendar can be found here

Fall semester: mid-September until the beginning of February

Spring semester: mid-February until mid-June


The main language of instruction is French. Specific courses are given in English (for more details on the language of instruction, please refer to our course catalogue).
Students taking courses in French are expected to have a good command of French (level B2*). 
Our “École de langue et de civilisation française” offers modules of one or two semesters with credits that can help you improve your French. French level B1 is required.

Improve French skills: - before your exchange – during the semester:
Exchange students can attend a free French support course each semester. The course starts after the beginning of the semester (more information during the orientation session).
There are also fee-paying French courses during the summer and winter holidays (see http://www.unige.ch/lettres/elcf/coursete/). Exchange students may benefit from a discount on fees (registration link for discount provided after registration).

Students taking courses in English are expected to have a good command of English (level B2*).

Areas of study open for exchange students

The students have to choose courses mainly in the Faculty/Institute where their area of study is taught. 

Courses may be chosen from two different faculties/institutes at the most.

More information about courses:
• When the name of the course is in French, the course is given in French
• When the name of the course is in English: the course is given in English.
• Courses marked “A“ are given during the Autumn Semester.
• Courses marked “P“ are given during the Spring (Printemps) Semester.
• Courses marked “AN“ are given during the full academic year (Autumn and Spring Semesters).
• At the end of the course description, the level of the course is mentioned (e.g. Master’s level).


Courses at Master level

Courses at Master level are available.

Students at Bachelor level are not allowed to take courses at Master level (there may be exceptions depending on the courses and/or faculty; the exchange students have to consult the detailed guide sent by us after the nomination).


It is difficult to find accommodations in Geneva. The University Housing Office (“Bureau des Logements”) and “Cité Universitaire” provide student residences. Please check following links for details and registration deadlines:

UNIGE Bureau des Logements (BLRU)

Cité Universitaire

Estimated living costs per month

The average cost of living for a student in Geneva is approximately CHF 2,000 per month.
This includes rent (~CHF 500*), food and basic necessities (~CHF 600), and health insurance (~CHF 100).

*Housing in student residences.

More information

Please note that the Erasmus+ scholarship is not applicable for this destination. The funding possibility for this destination is the Swiss-European Mobility Programme SEMP.


Credit table 

Additional information

Number of places available: 5 students for a semester each. Full year is also possible.


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