** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Co-sponsored, Global Preferred
Course(s) Available In:
Business, Economics, French, Geography, International Studies, Political Science
Study Abroad Advisor:
Kerry Strader, Kevin Fitzgerald, Paula Hudak, Ryan Dye
About the Program:
The Kent State University Geneva Semester is your
opportunity to intern with an international organization, visit historic
places, meet with European officials, establish new friendships,
and touch cultures different from your own. Since 1977 the Program
has enrolled students from throughout the United States and Canada. Your
participation may expand your resume, but we believe the experience will
broaden your life.
Switzerland may be a small, little-regarded mid-continental
country with a serious image problem, but it has plenty more to offer than most
visitors suspect.But two centuries of tourism have left their
mark: faced by an ever-increasing onslaught of visitors, these days the Swiss
are content to abide by a quaint stereotype of Switzerland that's easily
packaged and sold the familiar Alpine idyll of cheese and chocolate, Heidi and
the Matterhorn while keeping the best bits for themselves. Come for a
"Lakes and Mountains" package, or a week of skiing, or a short
city-break, and you'll get all the pristine beauty, genteel calm and well-oiled
efficiency of the Switzerland that the locals deem suitable for public
consumption. The other Switzerland the one the Swiss inhabit needs time and
patience to winkle out of its shell, but can be an infinitely more rewarding
place to explore.
Having taken centuries to bolt their country together from diverse
elements, the Swiss seem instinctively to return to their sense of community
spirit, expressed most tangibly in the order and cleanliness you'll see on show
everywhere. Yet the sterility so decried by Graham Greene (who wrote Harry
Lime's jibe about brotherly love), if it characterizes any part of the country,
applies only to the glossy, neatly packaged tourist idyll of lakes and
mountains. The three great Swiss cities of Geneva, Zürich and Basel are crammed
with world-class museums and galleries. In Zürich and Lausanne, there's a humming
arts scene and underground club culture that feeds nightlife as vibrant as
anything you'll find in much larger European cities. The landscapes are
dominated by the Alps and their foothills, but mountains aren't the only story.
In the north and centre are lush, rolling grasslands epitomized by the velvety
green hills of the Emmental, traditional dairy-farming country. Vineyards rise
tiered above Lake Geneva, the Rhône valley and the Rhine. The southeast is cut
through by wild, high-sided valleys, lonely, dark and thickly forested. Most
surprisingly of all, bordering Italy in the south you'll find subtropical
Mediterranean-style flower gardens, sugarloaf hills and sunny, palm-fringed
is a leading center of diplomacy, international and non-governmental
organizations, and business; students have the opportunity to attend lectures
and other presentations by world dignitaries. The city is located in
Switzerland and is the second-most-populous in the country. Approximately
186,000 people live in the city and the metropolitan area had 812,000
residents, according to a 2007 census.
is worldwide center for diplomacy and international cooperation. The
"Peace Capital" includes the headquarters of many of the agencies of
the United Nations and the Red Cross. It is also the place where the Geneva
Conventions were signed.
city is also ranked sixth in importance as a financial centre by the Global
Financial Centres Index.
Courses & Area of Study:
can enroll in from business, economics, geography, international studies, and
political sciences.Student will take
all of their classes in English.Students have the opportunity to enroll in French Language classes as
part of their studies.
specific classes or language level is required.However, this is a competitive application
Housing and Meals:
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.
Students who recently opted for this option are seen here with Mme Gertrude,
our Housing Director in Geneva.
Our Housing Director
in Geneva is responsible for finding accommodations in Geneva. Several
residents rent rooms to our students. Program policies preclude students from
seeking accommodations on their own. The rent includes sheets and
blankets, and frequently kitchen privileges can be arranged. The Fall 2007
semester rent for a student living with a resident was about 600 CHF per month.
Knox Centre is the
headquarters for the Program and a cafeteria. Single and double rooms are
available, some with wash basins. The rooms are very small.
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. Room and board
fees at the Knox Centre must be paid with a credit card.
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 short 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.
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 your two months before departure.
The Centre has classrooms, cafeteria, lounge, small library, washer and dryer,
television, and microwave oven. Each resident has a locked box for food
in the refrigerators in the student lounge.
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. Adjacent to the Centre is a small chalet for the Director, and
the Associate Director's Office is in the conference center.
The meal planis required for Centre
residents and provides dinner Monday - Wednesday and lunch on Thursday when the
program is officially in session. Students in residential accommodations can
purchase the plan or individual meals. Knox room and board and other
charges are paid with a credit card. The Knox chef can accommodate
Aid is available to all Miami University students studying in a Miami
University study abroad program. The
amount of aid available to each student varies according to the program of
study. Students are encouraged to meet with the Office of Financial
Assistance in the 121 Campus Avenue Building, before they apply for their study
Students who currently hold any Miami Scholarships
such as the Oxford Scholars, Harrison Scholarship, Honors Scholarship and many
others can use those scholarships to study abroad.For specific information concerning Miami
University scholarships students should check the Financial Aid and
Scholarships information on the study abroad website.Students are encouraged to meet with the Office
of Financial Assistance in the 121 Campus Avenue Building, before they apply
for their study abroad program to determine how their scholarships will be
applied to their study abroad program.
There are a multitude of national and university
scholarships available to Miami University students who study abroad.To determine which scholarships you would
eligible for please review the Financial Aid and Scholarship information on the
study abroad website.If you have
specific questions about scholarships please contact Richard Menard at the
Office of International Education.
are required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation before they leave Miami
University to participate in their study abroad program.The pre-departure session will cover your
health and safety while abroad.But will
also cover many other important travel details such as what to package and
other important details.
have the opportunity to participate in part-time internships while they are in
Geneva.Here is a list of potential
Possible internships include:
Conference for Non-governmental Organizations (CONGO)
Defense for Children (DFC), EARTHMIND
Fair Labor Association (FLA)
Geneva Center for Security Policy (GCSP)
Geneva Center for Humanitarian Demining (GCHD)
Global Hope Network (GHN)
Geneva Social Observatory (GSO)
International Center for Migration and Health (ICMH)
International Center for Trade and Sustainable
International Co-Operative Alliance (ICA)
International Commission of Jurists (ICJ)
Inter-parliamentary Unit (IU)
World Economic Forum (WEF)
World Health Organization (WHO)
World Vision (WV)
World Young Women's Christian Associations (WYWCA).