University of Geneva

Genève, Schweiz

No. Students: 15.500 (4.900 int'l)*
Funding type: Public
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About

Founded in 1559 by Jean Calvin, the University of Geneva (UNIGE) is dedicated to thinking, teaching, dialogue and research. With 15'500 students of more than 140 different nationalities, it is Switzerlands second largest university, after Zurichs. It also has the highest rate of female enrolment (61% as against a national average of 50.1%). UNIGEs buildings are spread across the city, thus ensuring a strong link between student and city life, and certain research centres are located in the country or near the lakeshore.

UNIGE is composed of eight faculties (Sciences, Medicine, Arts, Social Science and Economics, Law, Psychology and Educational Sciences, Theology, Translation and Interpretation). There are also several Interdisciplinary Centres (informatics, neurosciences and environment). UNIGE offers more than 280 types of degrees and more than 250 Continuing Education programmes covering an extremely wide variety of fields : exact sciences, medicine and humanities.

UNIGE develops its priorities along nine axes : life sciences (from gene to patient), physical sciences (from atoms to galaxies), neurosciences (from neurone to philosophy), historical sciences, environmental sciences and finance and society, vulnerabilities and ageing, language and communication science and international relations and European studies. UNIGE is host and co-host to six National Centres of Competence in Research : Frontiers in Genetics, Materials with Novel Electronic Properties (MaNEP), Chemical Biology, Affective Sciences, Synaptic Bases of Mental Diseases and LIVES-Overcoming vulnerabilities in a life course perspective.

Through its participation in the League of European Research Universities (LERU), UNIGE stands out as one of the 20 best research universities in Europe. It is also a member of other international networks : the International Forum of Public Universities (FIUP), which brings together some twenty universities, that are recognized within their country for the importance they give to research and their sound contribution to the development of society, and the Coimbra Group, an association of long-established European multidisciplinary universities meeting high international standards and committed to creating special academic and cultural ties in order to promote internationalization, academic collaboration, excellence in learning and research, and service to society.

UNIGE is active in the European Union Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, and regularly collaborates with institutions such as the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), the European Southern Observatory (ESO), a European organization for research in astronomy, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the NASA. Moreover, it maintains a privileged connection with the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN).

Based on its unique international presence in Europe, UNIGE has continuously strengthened its ties with the international and nongovernmental organizations established in Geneva, such as the United Nations Organization (UNO), the World Health Organization (WHO) the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), or the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Services

Although it is a relatively small city by European, Asian or American standards, Geneva offers cultural programs and infrastructure that any great metropolis would be proud of.

The city is ideally situated at the tip of the lake that bears its name, not far away from world-known ski resorts in the Alps, and is culturally linked with the Mediterranean area as well as central Europe.

Cuisine and music from all over the world meet here.

Nature lovers will enjoy the 310 hectares of parks and 40'000 trees in public areas or along the lake shores.

Culture lovers will be offered a lareg scale of events, from operas to movie festivals, including concerts and theatre plays.

The University of Geneva takes actively part in the cultural life of the city, with the University film society and the University choir.

Student life

In the last few years, the students and staff of the English Department have created several extracurricular activities such as the theatre group, the ADEA, the film club and the newsletter which greatly contributes to social interaction in the department. Together with the commission mixte, these activities offer the students possibilities to not only enjoy, but also get involved in the shaping of student life in the English Department. The links to language practice and English events in Geneva further provide possibilities to improve one's language level and to profit from the rich anglophone cultural landscape Geneva has to offer.

Theatre Group

A highly dynamic ensemble that stages one production in English per year and offers workshops to its participants during the year.

Student Association

Association which organises events and parties where students can meet and make acquaintance informally.

Film Club

Every week, a film screening offers the possibility of a meeting point outside the class room and is at the same time a gold mine for amateurs of visual narratives of the seventh art.

Department Newsletter

Semestrial journal by and for the students and staff of the department, offering the possibility of exchanging ideas and creative talents as well as to acquire publication experience.

Commission mixte

A committee of students, assistants and professors who meet 2-3 times a year to exhange ideas about the department and addressing various issues.

Language Practice (Tandem)

The possibility to exchange languages and cultures among students of different mother tongues while staying in Geneva.

English Events in Geneva

Web links to anglophone organisations and events in Geneva. An excellent opportunity to get involved in cultural activities while at the same time immersing oneself into the English language.

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University of Geneva

School of Translation and Interpretation

Institute for Environmental Studies

Faculty of Protestant Theology

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