Here you will learn all you need to know about the Kent State Geneva program!
Nick Vasiloff | Kent State Geneva Coordinator
Senior Education Abroad Advisor
Kent State University | Office of Global Education
106 Van Campen Hall | Kent, Ohio 44242
January 9 - May 14*
August 15 - December 18*
*Estimate; includes Orientation and designated arrival days.
For the most updated academic calendar, please consult Webster University's website.
All program participants will take part in an informative and comprehensive Pre-Departure Orientation, as well as an On-Site Orientation upon arrival in Geneva conducted by staff from our partner, Webster University. Main topics to be covered in the orientation sessions include:
- Passports & Immigration documents
- Finance & Banking abroad
- Health & Safety
- Cultural Awareness & Culture Shock
- City and Campus Tours
- Academic meetings with Registrar’s Office to confirm personal course schedules
At Kent State Geneva, the concept of an international education becomes reality, as 670 students from over 90 countries come together in a community of learners engaged by a faculty representing 25 nations.From your first day on campus, you will find that there is personalized attention to students, with small classes and direct interaction with professors. Our Library, Writing Center, and Career Services Office are available to assist you and help you to fulfill your academic potential and pre-professional goals.Our academic facilities are modern, attractive and well-equipped. While KSU students will reside in our off-campus housing facility, Les Berges du Rhone, we have a cafeteria, fitness room, study rooms, and other excellent recreational facilities all located on campus.
Kent State Geneva’s location will add further dimensions to your education. Geneva is home to the United Nations and other major international organizations, numerous multi-national corporations and a vibrant financial and trading center. These organizations and other cultural institutions can provide you with additional opportunities to augment your learning outside the classroom.
As a participant in the KSU Geneva program, you will stay in the Les Berges du Rhône housing facility, located in the center of Geneva on the banks of the Rhone River. The Les Berges du Rhone residence facility houses 118 students in double or single rooms -subject to availability. All units are fully furnished and include linens, a small bathroom towel, cutlery and cooking utensils, study table, and other amenities. Depending upon the unit, your apartment/studio will either have a private kitchenette or a communal kitchen on the floor. You will be responsible for purchasing your own food while abroad and may certainly visit the on-campus cafeteria (operated by a French chef!). While single rooms are sometimes available, they must be requested early and will be subject to an elevated housing fee. Students with disabilities and other relevant circumstances will be granted available singles before all others. Traditionally, all students will be placed in a double suite with one roommate.
Les Berges du Rhone Housing Facility Amenities:
- Wireless Internet access
- Handicap access
- Coin-operated laundry facilities
- Student lounge
- Excellent access to public transportation - 2-minute walk to the bus stop!
- Security cameras and security night guard
- Nearby jogging path
- Three Assistant Resident Coordinators
- On-location Residential Life Office
Students will provide information regarding their preferred airport of departure and return, and their flight arrangements will be booked by the travel arrangement provider through Webster University. Furthermore, as a WINS Network Member, KSU students (and non-KSU students admitted to the program) are eligible for the $1,000 WINS Travel Scholarship which will be applied toward the overall round-trip cost of airfare. The total flight cost is estimated at $1,300. For more information regarding the flight logistics or WINS Travel Scholarship, please speak with Geneva Program Coordinator Nick Vasiloff.
Study Tours and Social Activities
In addition to the social activities, events and city tours provided during the semester orientation, students have the opportunity to engage in a host of activities and campus clubs/organizations. Whether you are interested in academic or cultural programming, a language exchange, athletics, or theatrical/artistic events - there's something for everyone!
The Student Services Office is there for you during your entire stay and will work hard to help you find your niche and personal community on campus. When it comes to study abroad, you get out of it what you put into it – so be involved!
Financial Aid and Scholarships
It is possible to use financial aid on this program. Students are encouraged to search for available study abroad scholarships and apply when qualified. Education Abroad provides information about using federal financial aid and searching for scholarships.
Traveling While There
Geneva is strategically located in the heart of Europe, and serves as an excellent travel starting point to other European destinations. Academic coursework typically occurs Monday through Thursday, and therefore it is possible for students to travel independently on the weekends. It is the responsibility of the student to speak with their professors and internship coordinator (if applicable) regarding any missed class times/internship hours and receive approval and guidance. The Student Services Office on campus is an excellent resource to assist with planning and booking independent travel.