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Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Regine John Who Can Apply?: UMA only - non-UMA students consult your study abroad office
Fields of Study: Accounting, Communication, Economics, Film Studies, Finance, French & Francophone Studies, International Business, International Relations, Journalism, Management, Marketing, Political Science, Psychology Program Options: Graduate Credits, Internship Credits
Language(s) of Instruction: English, French Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Provider: Kent State University Program Type: Experiential Learning, US/Int'l Student Center, Volunteer Component
In Classes With: All US Students Minimum Class Standing: Junior
Housing: Residence Hall, Room w/Local Host
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.

The Kent State Geneva program is housed on our partner university's campus, Webster University-Geneva. The campus boasts a vibrant and international scene with over 600 students from over 90 countries and faculty representing 25 nations. From your first day on campus, you will find that there is personalized attention to students, with small classes and direct interaction with professors. Our academic facilities are modern, attractive and well-equipped. While study abroad students will reside in our off-campus housing facility, Les Berges du Rhone, we have a cafeteria, fitness room, study rooms, and other excellent recreational facilities all located on campus.
Kent State Geneva’s location will add further dimensions to your education. Geneva is home to the United Nations and other major international organizations, numerous multi-national corporations and a vibrant financial and trading center. These organizations and other cultural institutions can provide you with additional opportunities to augment your learning outside the classroom.

Living Arrangements

As a participant in the KSU Geneva program, you will stay in the Les Berges du Rhône housing facility, located in the center of Geneva on the banks of the Rhone River. The Les Berges du Rhone residence facility houses 118 students in double or single rooms -subject to availability. All units are fully furnished and include linens, a small bathroom towel, cutlery and cooking utensils, study table, and other amenities. Depending upon the unit, your apartment/studio will either have a private kitchenette or a communal kitchen on the floor.
You will be responsible for purchasing your own food while abroad and may certainly visit the on-campus cafeteria (operated by a French chef!). While single rooms are sometimes available, they must be requested early and will be subject to an elevated housing fee. Students with disabilities and other relevant circumstances will be granted available singles before all others. Traditionally, all students will be placed in a double suite with one roommate.
Les Berges du Rhone Housing Facility Amenities:

  • Wireless Internet access
  • Handicap access
  • Coin-operated laundry facilities
  • Student lounge
  • Excellent access to public transportation - 2-minute walk to the bus stop!
  • Security cameras and security night guard
  • Nearby jogging path
  • Three Assistant Resident Coordinators
  • On-location Residential Life Office

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
Fall 2019 05/01/2019 ** Varies TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 05/01/2019 ** 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.