Life in Geneva

Being a student in Geneva is an unforgettable, once in a lifetime experience. As the “Smallest of big cities”, Geneva presents an excellent opportunity for launching your global career, and having fun while doing so!


Cultural Activities

If you’re lucky enough to be in Geneva during the summer, don’t miss the world famous “Fêtes de Geneve” in August. The Festival has over 160 free concerts and shows, while 32 different nationalities set up tents and booth, making up the “Caravan du Monde”.


Geneva houses over 40 public and private museums , as well as numerous art galleries. The various collections cater for all interests, be it archaeology, ethnography, nature, fine arts, applied arts, science or technology. You will find below the principle museums that have contributed to the reputation of Geneva.


Art and History Museum

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum

Natural History Museum

Ariana Museum

Archaeological Site of Saint Peter’s Cathedral

Conservatory and Botanical Gardens


Night life


When students find time for socializing, Geneva is the right place to be. The “Bourg de Four” area in the picturesque old town is home to a number of small, jazzy bars and cafes, while the busy Plainpalais area hosts more upscale, trendy clubs and bars. If you’re able to make out to the Carouge area for a night, you will not be disappointed. One of the most popular night spots in the Geneva area, the many outdoor cafes make for a lively and vibrant evening.


Day Excursions


Mount Salève: Just a 15 minute bus ride and 5 minute telepherique ride (or 2 hour hike for sporty people) from Geneva lies Mount Sal’ve, which offers a superb view over Geneva and the Alps.


Chamonix: Home to Mont-Blanc (the highest point in Europe) and world renowed ski stations is only a 90-minute bus trip from Geneva. Students can take a cable car to top of the “Aiguille du Midi” (3842m) or the electric rack railway to a 1913 m lookout point on Montenvers. While at the top, there are stunning views of Mer de Glace – the massive glacier of Mount Blanc.


Zermatt: Travel by bus or train to this beautiful mountain village at the foot of the Matterhorn. Zermatt offers the best skiing in the world for being the highest ski resort in Europe.


Lausanne: A picturesque city, only 60 kms from Geneva, it is home to the Headquarters of the Olympics Committee. Visit its numerous museums and swim in the waters of Lake Geneva.


Berne and Gruyères: A 2 hour train ride from Geneva lies Bern, Switzerland’s capital city. Nearby in the mediaeval village of Gruy’re, enjoy a cheese factory stop and then pause in Lavaux to view vineyards and the lake.


Weekend trips


Because of its centralized location, it is easy and cheap to travel anywhere in Europe for a weekend. Check out low cost airlines Easy Jet and Ryan Air. Paris, London, Prague, Berlin, Rome, Madrid and Amsterdam can all be reached within 1 hour of Geneva by plane!

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