Overview

Université de Genève

City: Geneva
Language of instruction: English, French
  • 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

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Partner university's areas of study

ArtsForestryLand and Food SystemsScience

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

Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)

Who can go?

  • Exchange students can take coursework in most areas of study

Term dates

  • Semester 1: Early September to Late February
  • Semester 2: Mid February to Late June 

Timing

  • Students who wish to attend Term 1 only, will not be able to return to UBC in time for the January term
Courses + Transfer Credits

Credits

Course equivalency formula

  • ECTS credits divided by 2 = UBC credits 

Credit transfer process

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.)

For more information about Go Global transfer credit

Course Information

* 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

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)

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

Partner Course Information

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.

UBC Vancouver

Arts
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: Introduction to Management of Human Resources
Partner course code: S130002 CR
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-08-09
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: International Management
Partner course code: S230005 COMM 3rd
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-05-05
UBC course: ECON 355
Title: International Trade
Partner course code: S210002
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-21
UBC course: ECON 360
Title: LABOUR ECONOMICS
Partner course code: S210009
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-21
UBC course: ECON 371
Title: Environmental and Resource Economics
Partner course code: S210008
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-21
UBC course: ECON 3rd
Title: History of Economic Thought
Partner course code: S202025 CR
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2017-10-06
UBC course: FREN 1st
Title: Oral Elementary
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2017-05-04
UBC course: FREN 1st
Title: Intensive French Courses - B1
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2015-12-05
UBC course: FREN 1st
Title: French B1 Phonetics
Partner course code: French B1
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2019-05-28
UBC course: FREN 2nd
Title: French Support Course Level A2-B1 Ecrit/Grammaire
Partner course code: A2-B1
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2016-06-10
UBC course: FREN 3rd
Title: C1 Grammar - French Support Class
Partner course code: FREN
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2019-05-28
UBC course: FREN 3rd
Title: Level B1-B2 Grammar
Partner course code: French B1-B2
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2016-07-05
UBC course: FREN 3rd
Title: French Support Course Level B1-B2 Ecrit
Partner course code: French B1-B2
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2016-06-10
UBC course: FREN 3rd
Title: French Intensive Course B2
Partner course code: French B2
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2016-06-10
UBC course: GEOG 2nd
Title: Regional Geography of the Alps: Environment, History, Actors
Partner course code: T206035
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2017-09-25
UBC course: GEOG 3rd
Title: Cultural Geography
Partner course code: T 206039
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2016-08-12
UBC course: HIST 4th
Title: The Middle East in International Relations
Partner course code: J2H049
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2017-09-20
UBC course: PHIL 433
Title: Bioethics
Partner course code: 13B003
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2016-03-27
UBC course: POLI 327
Title: European Institutions and European Integration
Partner course code: T207001
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2019-06-12
UBC course: POLI 366
Title: International Political Economy
Partner course code: J2P201
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-11
UBC course: POLI 376
Title: International Environmental Law
Partner course code: J2D237
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-05-27
UBC course: POLI 378
Title: International Relations and Terrorism
Partner course code: SDS T2070448
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2019-06-12
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Introduction to the World Trade Organization legal system
Partner course code: J2D029
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-07-13
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Séminaire Relations Internationales II
Partner course code: J2P023
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-07-13
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Law and Practice of European Union Foreign Policy
Partner course code: J2D031
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-06-13
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Economic Analysis in International Organization
Partner course code: J2E212
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-06-13
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Environmental Diplomacy
Partner course code: J2H043
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-06-13
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Environmental Diplomacy
Partner course code: J2H230
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-05-27
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Model United Nations Seminar
Partner course code: J2M049
Language of instruction: Not available
Evaluated date: 2016-06-13
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: International Geneva
Partner course code: GSI J2M219
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-06-12
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: International Geneva
Partner course code: GSI J2M219
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-06-12
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: International Geneva
Partner course code: GSI J2M219 CR
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-06-12
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: International Cooperation
Partner course code: GSI J2P273
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2019-06-12
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: International Law and International Organizations
Partner course code: GISP Module 2
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-13
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Politics of Contemporary Africa
Partner course code: J2P234
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-06-02
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Global Change: Dynamics, Spaces and Response Mechanisms
Partner course code: GISP Module 3
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-13
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: International Politics of the Environment
Partner course code: T207039
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2018-05-27
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Terrorism and International Relations
Partner course code: T207048
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2019-06-12
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: External Action of the European Union
Partner course code: J2D258
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2017-08-25
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: International institutional Law
Partner course code: GSI J2D021
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-06-12
UBC course: POLI 4th
Title: Legitimate Force
Partner course code: J2D03 8 SE
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-09-01
UBC course: Poli 3rd
Title: Introduction to the Legal System of the World Trade Organization
Partner course code: J2D029CR
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-07-05
UBC course: SOCI 200
Title: Family Sociology
Partner course code: T 4205007CS
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2016-11-04
UBC course: SOCI 4th
Title: Social Challenges in Contemporary China
Partner course code: J2M217
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2017-08-23
Commerce
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: Introduction to Information Systems
Partner course code: S140002
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-04
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: Consumer Behaviour 1
Partner course code: S201059CR COMM 3rd
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-05-05
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: Financial Markets
Partner course code: S120001
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-05-25
Kinesiology
UBC course: SPPH 300
Title: Concepts and Controversies of Global Health
Partner course code: NO CODE
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-10-31
Science
UBC course: BIOL 335
Title: Molecular biology of the cell
Partner course code: 13B001
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2016-01-22
UBC course: BIOL 347
Title: Principles of cellular and molecular biology
Partner course code: 14B010
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-22
UBC course: BIOL 4th
Title: Genetic Engineering
Partner course code: 14C002 Master/3rd
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-09-15
UBC course: STAT 2nd
Title: Probability and statistics I
Partner course code: 4103019CR
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-11-19

UBC Okanagan

Arts and Sciences
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Humanitarian Practices and Organizations
Partner course code: hist 4 year
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2014-12-05
Creative and Critical Studies
UBC course: FREN 3rd
Title: Analize and Redaction of Special Texts
Partner course code: BT0529 CX
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2014-10-03
Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

  • 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.

Additional awards

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.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

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’ forFederal 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.

Additional fees

All students studying in Switzerland are required to purchase local medical insurance which will cost approx 100 CHF/month.

Housing

Types of accommodation available

Off-campusOn-campus

Housing notes

  • 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

Information on Accommodation

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