Life in Geneva

Kent State Geneva is a comprehensive academic and cultural program.  Not only will students be taking classes and interning, but they will have many opportunities to experience Geneva and Switzerland.  Some highlighted features of Geneva include:

  • The Jet d’Eau, a giant fountain located on Lake Geneva, on which the city is situated.
  • The 18th-century, Gothic St. Pierre Cathedral.
  • Exploring the outdoors at the many parks and nearby mountains.
  • United Nations Headquarters.
  • CERN, home of the Large Hadron Collider.
  • Countless museums.

As home to the United Nations and many non-governmental organizations such as the Red Cross, Geneva is most often called the "Peace Capital" because it is known as the worldwide center for diplomacy.

Geneva Quick Facts

  • Size: Second largest city in Switzerland
  • Location: In southwest Switzerland near the Swiss-French boarder
  • Population: 470,000
  • Official Language: French
  • Climate: The weather is mild with temperatures ranging from 35-68°F during the spring semester, and 37-70°F during the fall semester. You could enjoy skiing and snowboarding in the Alps during the spring semester and swimming or lounging at the beaches of Lake Geneva in the fall semester.

Past student experiences

Check out photos from past Geneva students to see the amazing places they have visited both in and out of Geneva!

Student Testimonials

"I learned a lot about myself throughout the entire experience. Not only do you learn how to travel, communicate, and interact with people, but also how much you can do on your own. With college graduation usually around the corner for study abroad students, it doesn’t hurt for students to gain the experience of living and traveling on your own for a while."

"The Geneva program amazed me in that it promised to find me an internship. When trying to break into governmental public service, it’s really important to have things on my resume, which make me stand out, and interning at the International Labour Organization (a UN agency) is something I can see being really helpful down the line."

"Interning at the World Health Organization has taught me many important values that I will apply in my future work. It challenged my preconceived notions about public health policy and has given me a more concrete perspective of what I wish to do in my future."

"While interning at the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining, I conducted research using the UN Conventional Weapons Registry and participated in meetings at the United Nations. Being able to show this international experience on my resume was the greatest factor in my successful employment search after college."

"KSU Geneva offers truly amazing opportunities and quite honestly, no other study abroad program offered ones quite like them. They have the ability to place students on internships with esteemed organizations like the United Nations, the Red Cross or Interpeace. I worked for the World Health Organization, the United Nation’s largest public health agency in the world. I’m sorry, but it doesn’t get much cooler than that or look better on a resume. Pair that with the ability to hop on a plane or train every weekend and within hours be in another country? I’m sold!"