Course Offerings and Internships
Academic courses on the Kent State Geneva program are provided by our onsite partner institution, Webster University. Courses are offered in, but are not limited to, the following academic disciplines:
- Business & Management
- International Relations/Political Science
- Media Communications
- Computer Science
- French Language
- History/European Studies
- Photography & Design
- Internship Program
Courses are subject to change, and each term new courses may be added or substituted. Students are required to enroll in and maintain enrollment in a minimum of 12 semester credit hours. Registration for classes will take place prior to departure. It is essential to consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection, and it is recommended that students obtain transient credit approval for at least five to six courses in case first choices do not end up being available. As with any university course offerings, there is a possibility of course cancellation due to low enrollment or other curriculum changes.
Although the program is a typical 16-week semester, academically it is split into two 8-week halves. Most courses therefore run for 8 weeks during either the first or second half (i.e. "Fall 1", "Fall 2", "Spring 1", "Spring 2"). It is recommended to take two courses during each term, equaling 4 minimum courses and 12 credits total. Students participating in the Internship Program will be required to take a heavier course schedule, due to immigration requirements. See below for more information. From term to term, the course offerings do not change significantly. Therefore, it is recommended to view the courses from the past year in order to gauge what will be offered during your desired upcoming term. The past academic year course offerings are listed below:
One exceptional component of the Kent State Geneva program is the Internship Program. This opportunity comprises two elements: 1) Internship Placement; 2) Internship Seminar. On the Internship Placement, students are matched with a local International Organization that aligns with their academic and career focus. Internships are not guaranteed, and students must apply and meet the required academic qualifications (e.g. GPA 3.0 cumulative, detailed cover letter, resume). Interns work 20 hours per week if placed at an International Organization and 15 hours per week if placed at a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). If you intern at an NGO you must be enrolled in a minimum of 12.0 credit hours for the semester in addition to the Internship Program (equivalent of 4 academic courses+Internship Program). This heavier course load is due to Swiss immigration requirements for students that work/intern in Geneva. The Internship Program is a challenging and rewarding experience, and academic credit is awarded upon successful completion of the internship and Internship Seminar course pending home institutional approval.