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  • Locations: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Miami University applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2021 11/02/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Label: Co-sponsored, Global Preferred Course(s) Available In: Business, Economics, French, Geography, International Studies, Political Science
Internships: Yes Study Abroad Advisor: Kerry Strader, Kevin Fitzgerald, Paula Hudak, Ryan Dye
Program Description:

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 lakes.  


Geneva 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.


It 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.


The city is also ranked sixth in importance as a financial centre by the Global Financial Centres Index.


Courses & Area of Study:

Students 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.  



No specific classes or language level is required. However, this is a competitive application process.


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.

The Knox Centre

The 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.


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 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.

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 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.

meal plan is 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 special diets.



University of Kent’s Cost Sheet


Financial Aid and Scholarships:

Financial Aid:

Financial 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 abroad program.   



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.     


Orientation/Information Sessions:

Students 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.  


Additional Information: 

Students have the opportunity to participate in part-time internships while they are in Geneva. Here is a list of potential internships:


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 Development (ICTDS)

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).