The University of Geneva

From the time of its creation in 1559 by Jean Calvin to the recent discovery by University astrophysicists of the first extra solar planets, the University of Geneva has continued to grow and develop while maintaining its longstanding tradition of excellence with an international slant. Today, with more than 17,000 students, it is the second largest university in Switzerland, and the first in terms of grants received from the Swiss National Science Foundation. Over the past decade the University has also developed its executive education programme, offering more than 100 courses for people in employment.

The international backdrop of Geneva gives the University a unique advantage and places it in the forefront of the world scene. Building on its unique location in Europe, the University has continually worked to develop contacts with both international and nongovernmental organizations, and the professional sector.

The multicultural environment in Geneva is mirrored at the University of Geneva, as one-third of our student body comes from abroad, and we pursue an active policy of fostering the mobility of students, faculty and researchers, and establish strategic partnerships for the future through the creation of pan-European as well as international education and research programmes, all of which contribute to the truly international character of our university.

The University also benefits from an impressive infrastructure, including some 60 specialized libraries offering mainly free access to approximately one and a half million volumes covering all disciplines. The libraries have a stock of some 11,500 current periodicals and add 55,000 volumes and 10,000 audio-visual materials to their collection each year. There are also substantial collections of CDs, as well as electronic resources such as databases and online journals, which have increased in recent years. All this material is available online.


As part of the reorganisation of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Geneva, two new Faculties were created in January 2014: The Geneva School of Economics and Management and the Social Sciences Faculty.
Students of the Master in Commodity Trading (Former Master of Arts in International Trading, Commodity Finance & Shipping) are now part of the Geneva School of Economics and Management.


French courses for foreign students.

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