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Program Description:

Program Overview/Academics

In the Kent State Geneva Semester you have the opportunity to be an intern, visit historic places, meet with European officials, establish new friendships and touch cultures different than your own. Since 1977 students from public and private colleges have participated in the Geneva Semester. Instruction is in English (except for French classes). Courses are offered in several disciplines: political science, French, international business, and international relations. Internships and independent study are available and additional courses depend on the expertise of the KSU Program Director. The Geneva Semester faculty includes individuals from Geneva's community of business and international relations. Classrooms and residence are at the John Knox International Centre and students with French language skills can be placed with a resident by our on-site housing director. Students must maintain a minimum course load of 12 semester hours.


Geneva is the second largest city in Switzerland behind Zurich and the most international city in Europe with over 40% of its population coming from outside Switzerland. The main industries are banking, inter- and non-governmental administration, technology, and tourism. Geneva prides itself as being one of the most beautiful and cultured cities in the world, combining the splendors of nature with a rich palette of historic and architectural offerings. As well, the city is a major gateway to the Alps for outdoor enthusiasts year round.

Geneva occupied a key position on the world stage for much of last century, and today is the European headquarters of the UN, International Red Cross, World Health Organization, and over 200 international groups. The city is a leading center of diplomacy, international civil service and business, making it an ideal location for opportunities for briefings by staff from these agencies and other special activities.

Classrooms and activities for the program are held in the John Knox International Centre in the village of Grand-Saconnex. The Knox Centre is located on a quiet tree lined street in Geneva's suburb of Grand-Saconnex. From the Centre, it is a 15 minute walk to the bus stop at the World Health Organization and from there a 15 minute bus ride to downtown Geneva. It is also a short walk to United Nations Geneva Headquarters and the offices of other international organizations. More than 100 nationalities are represented at meetings at the Centre.

Internet access is provided in the Program library for all students, where data ports are connected to a high-speed ADSL line. There is also an ink-jet printer for Geneva Semester student use in the library. Students who wish to use that access and printer will need their own laptop computer. There is no charge for internet access in the library. Complete details are in the Geneva Semester Handbook sent to you two months before departure.

Living Arrangements

The program's Housing Director in Geneva is responsible for finding accommodations in Geneva. Program policies preclude students from seeking accommodations on their own. Students may live in the John Knox International Centre or with a Geneva resident, if they have sufficient French language skills. We also arrange accommodations in an English speaking environment when our allocation of rooms in the Knox Centre is full.

The Knox Centre has classrooms, cafeteria, lounge, small library, washer and dryer, television, and microwave oven. The rooms are about 12.5' x 7.5'. Double and single rooms are available and some have a sink. Shower and bathrooms are located on the first floor. Sheets, towels, and blankets are provided along with maid service. Breakfast is included, and the required meal plan provides dinner Monday through Wednesday and lunch on Thursday. Additional meals may be purchased by any Program participant at a reduced rate. The Knox chef can accommodate special diets. Each resident has a locked box for food in the refrigerators in the student lounge. Room and board fees at the Knox Centre must be paid with a credit card. Adjacent to the Centre is a small chalet for the Director, and the Associate Director's Office is in the conference center.

If you wish to improve your French language skills and perhaps gain a greater appreciation of the culture, you may want to live with a local resident. Several residents rent rooms to our students. The rent includes sheets and blankets, and frequently kitchen privileges can be arranged.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Calendar Year 2019 12/01/2018 ** Varies TBA TBA
Spring 2019 12/01/2018 ** Varies TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admissions.

If you are applying to a partner program, you must check their website for ACTUAL APPLICATION DEADLINES. The posted deadline above indicates when your UMass Abroad application materials are due and the program’s deadline may be sooner.