Studying at Geneva University?

Does anyone have any experience of studying at Geneva University and what advice they would give with regards to anything really? Thank you

This question was asked on 22nd January 2015 and has been read 1528 times.

  • Hannah Roscoe · 6 years ago

    I spent 5 months at the University of Geneva last year and absolutely loved it! In terms of advice, there are lots of things I can help you out with.

    First of all, the University is fantastic. They offer a wide range of modules that are very accessible to Erasmus students. The staff are very friendly and welcoming, and they are always willing to help you if you have a problem.

    Geneva itself is just unbelivable. The lake, the Alps...it is so beautiful! It has fantastic transport links (of course!) so moving around could not be easier. One thing I was told to consider when I was preapring to go abroad was whether I wanted to live in France or in Geneva. Geneva is an expensive city (but so is Switzerland as a whole) so living in France and commuting over the border is the cheaper option. However, I don't think you get the same experience. I chose to live in Geneva and found that it was definitely affordable. If you apply for university accommodation (which I'd highly recommend) you'll have no worries in terms of rent costs. I was paying 450 CHF per month which, considering the offers from private letting agents (some as much as 1000 CHF p/m), was very cheap. Plus, it gave me the opportunity to meet and live with native speakers - the best way to improve your language skills!

    Swiss French is the stuff of dreams. Unlike Standard French, Swiss French is a lot slower and it is definitely easier to understand - I arrived in Geneva after having spent 4 months in Spain so I definitely appreciated it! The Swiss are extremely friendly. Whenever I asked for help (directions, advice etc.) they were very polite and very approachable.

    These are all the things that popped into my head...if there is anything I've missed that you want to know, just ask!

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