University of Geneva

  • Geneva

University of Geneva

  • 59

    Ranking According to ARWU rankings edition of 2019-20.

  • 209


  • 17,000


  • Public

    Institution Type

The University of Geneva is one of the 12 public universities in Switzerland. It is located in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, the city of Geneva. UNIGE has a student body of more than 150 various nationalities and offers around 209 programs. Its dedication remains on teaching, dialogue, and research.

Top reasons to study here

  • International university
  • A city on a human scale
  • A city in the heart of Europe
  • Variety of study programs


icon Bachelor Programs (30)

icon Master Programs (61)

icon Doctor’s Programs (1)



The University of Geneva was founded by Jean Calvin in 1559. It was focused on theology until the 17th century, and only in 1873, it dropped its religious affiliations to become officially secular. UNIGE now is one of the largest universities in Switzerland with around 17,000 students.


With the high number of programs, the University of Geneva covers a wide variety of fields such as exact sciences, medicine, humanities, social sciences, law, etc.

In order to develop quality education that is attractive to an increasingly diverse public, the University of Geneva is counting on its values of:

  • Versatility, by offering training in all the main areas of knowledge and in formats adapted to the multiple profiles of students: basic, in-depth, and continuous training, face-to-face and distance learning.
  • Innovation, notably through the use of digital technologies in education. UNIGE was one of the first European universities to offer MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses) in 2013. It is also a pioneer in the use of “virtual patients” in medicine. Innovation also in terms of interdisciplinarity, by offering training in key sectors of the world of tomorrows, such as environmental sciences, neurosciences, or bioinformatics.
  • The evaluation of teaching, systematic and compulsory, coupled with an educational support system for teachers.


UNIGE’s objectives include pursuing the acquisition of fundamental knowledge through research. The University is involved in most cutting-edge sectors and has been active in multi- and interdisciplinary research for several years. Its domains of excellence in research include life sciences (molecular biology, bio-informatics), physics of elementary particles, and astrophysics. UNIGE is also host and co-host to seven National Centres of Competence in Research: Frontiers in Genetics, MaNEP, PlanetS, SwissMap, Chemical Biology, Synaptic Bases of Mental Diseases, and LIVES-Overcoming vulnerabilities in a life course perspective.


Library Services

UNIGE’s library has different locations within various faculties, and they offer services such as:

  • borrowing books and consultation,
  • print, scan, and copy services,
  • shared workspace,
  • online library “on the go”,
  • & others.

ICT Services

ARE-i is the students’ main contact center regarding IT issues. ARE-i members can be found in each faculty’s computer lab as well as the various libraries around campus.

IT assistants (ARE-i) are available to help students with the following:

  • accessing shared workspaces,
  • accessing university email,
  • installing faculty-specific software,
  • setting up recommended configurations,
  • connecting to the UNIGE Wi-Fi network,
  • installing and updating antivirus software
  • & many more other services.

Medical Services

UNIGE makes sure all accepted students receive insurance options along with their letter of acceptance. Students who choose Switzerland as their study destination are advised to purchase medical and accident insurance because of the high costs of services as such in this country.


According to the official page, its school of Economics and Management is a member of AACSB and EFMD. At the same time, AMBA has accredited the Executive MBA Program and the International Organizations MBA. AAQ accredits these UNIGE programs:

  • MAS in Microinvasive Aesthetic Dentistry
  • MAS in Humanitarian Action
  • MAS in Children’s Right
  • MAS in International and European Security
  • MAS in interpreter training




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Geneva , 1211


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