Between the astounding Alpine peaks and the rolling hills of the Jura, at the end of Lake Geneva where the Rhone river flows out, sits the exquisite city of Geneva. The French-speaking, second-largest city in Switzerland is known for its humanitarian traditions, modern-day ideals, and history of social activism. Studying abroad in Geneva is for those who want an ultra-modern international education in a charming, old-school European setting.
Food & Culture
Geneva claims to have the shortest commuting time in the world. Although it is listed as one of the world’s most expensive cities, the public transportation (one of which is a water taxi) is quite affordable. The Swiss are known worldwide for their rich decadent chocolates. There is an abundance of chocolateries just waiting to be explored. You will also want to be on the lookout for The Geneva Seal, or Poinçon de Genève, which the quality seal of the Watchmaking School of Geneva and is only given to the most high-end of watches.
Things to Do
Jet d'Eau: One of the most famous landmarks in Geneva is the Jet d’Eau, a fountain of water that shoots 459 feet up into the air! The burst of water was once an occasional pressure release for hydropower generation for the Rhone River. The people of Geneva enjoyed it so much that they decided to make it a permanent fountain. Now the Jet d’Eau can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. When visiting it, be careful where you stand — the slight change of wind can cause the stream to switch directions and you may be finding yourself drenched. Lit up at night, it’s a spectacular sight.
Old City Of Geneva: This is the heart of the city. There are numerous shops, buildings, and history to take in. You won’t miss the beautiful St. Peter’s Cathedral or the Place du Bourg-de-Four, a center with restaurants, high-end shopping, and gelaterias. Studying abroad in Geneva might mean you’re not downtown every day, so make plenty of time for yourself to get off campus and explore this unforgettable area. Geneva’s Architecture: The Eaux-Vives, the L’lle and the Quartier des Grottes are areas of the city sure to impress. Start your adventure of architecture with the most typical Swiss buildings by visiting the area of Eaux-Vives. After that you might want to pass by the Tour de L’lle, which are the remnants of a fortified castle from the 13th century. Visit the whimsical village of the Quariter des Grottes. The Quariter des Grottes has an area of building called “les Schtoumpfs” in which the constructor of this unbelievable region tried to avoid straight lines at all costs! You won’t want to miss it.
Studying in Switzerland
Interested in learning firsthand about international business and relations when you’re studying abroad? Geneva has many opportunities for you to do just that. This was the founding city of the International Red Cross, the historic headquarters for the League of Nations, and is the home of the largest United Nations office outside of its headquarters in New York. Look into the SIT Study Abroad program to Geneva — it focuses on analyzing global issues, world development, and international education.
Is your focus more in the area of science or technology? To study abroad in Geneva might be an extremely wise decision for you. The city is known for some of the most prestigious research and development laboratories in the world. These include Serono Pharmaceutical Research Institute (SPRI), Du-Pont-Nemours, IBM Center for Telecom - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), and the Swiss Institutes of Bioinformatics and Proteomics.