The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline. You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g. application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)
Université de Genève
- Public research university located in Geneva, Switzerland
- Founded in 1559 as a theological seminary and law school
- Second largest university in Switzerland
- Leading university in Europe
- 13 300 students
- More than 1/3 of the students from abroad
- Geneva is the second most populous city in Switzerland
- Ideally situated at the tip of the lake that bears its name
- Close to world-known ski resorts in the Alps
- Centre of international and multicultural activities
Partner university's areas of study
Notes on Language of Instruction
- Students must have at least a B2 level to study in French (To determine your level, please use self-asses with: European Language Portfolio Global Scale)
- See other English and French course options in the Courses & Transfer Credits section
ELIGIBILITY AND TIMING
Who can go?
- Exchange students can take coursework in most areas of study
- Semester 1: Early September to Late February
- Semester 2: Mid February to Late June
- Students who wish to attend Term 1 only, will not be able to return to UBC in time for the January term
Course equivalency formula
- ECTS credits divided by 2 = UBC credits
Credit transfer process
* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.
Type of Go Global Experiences
Course information and restrictions
Students can study at the University of Geneva one of 3 ways:
- Study in French:
- The recommended French level is B2
- Students must restrict their choice of courses to 2 faculties
- Summer courses are available to our exchange students to improve their French before the semester starts, at a special price
- Improve your French:
- One-year intensive course are available to non-French-speaking students (required level is B1)
- Students are allowed to take a few courses in other faculties (in French) during the year/semester
- Study in English:
- An increasing number of Masters’ programs are being offered in English, as well as a few courses of Bachelors’ programs
Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university
Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.
* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.
- 15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC
- Some exceptions may apply
Scholarships + awards
The Go Global award $1000
All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.
Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.
Information for US students
If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ for Federal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.
If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.
If you attend an ineligible institution:
- You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
- You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
- You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
- You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.
All students studying in Switzerland are required to purchase local medical insurance which will cost approx 100 CHF/month.
Types of accommodation available
- Housing in Geneva must be sought some months in advance of arrival
- The University’s Housing Office is happy to assist and advise prospective students months in advance of arrival