Geneva Summer Program
Kent State, in partnership with Webster University, offers an exciting summer program in the heart of Geneva, Switzerland. Participants will experience an enriching academic and cultural setting as well as have the opportunity for independent travel around Europe.
The Summer 2024 program features two summer sessions. Students can choose to participate in one or both summer sessions.
Session 1: June 3-28
Session 2: July 1-26
Dates are tentative. Students should not purchase airfare until official arrival details have been communicated.
Students will choose the session that they would like to participate in and the academic track they would like to follow. It is possible to participate in both sessions, but students may only choose one academic track per session. Please see below for opportunities offered during the Summer 2024 program. More details on the courses offered are available here.
Summer Session 1 - June 3-28
- Global Governance Track - 4 credit hours
- Sports in Switzerland Track - 4 credit hours
Summer Session 2 - July 1-26
- Intergovernmental Organizations - 4 credit hours
- Winemaking: From France to Geneva - 4 credit hours
All program participants will be provided with a comprehensive Pre-Departure Orientation. In addition, participants will receive a thorough On-Site Orientation upon arrival in Geneva. Main topics to be covered in the orientation sessions include:
- Passports and immigration documents
- Finance and banking abroad
- Health and safety
- Cultural awareness and culture shock
- City and campus tours
The Geneva Summer Program is housed on our partner university's campus, Webster University-Geneva. The campus boasts a vibrant and international scene with over 600 students from over 90 countries and 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 academic facilities are modern, attractive and well-equipped with a cafeteria, fitness room, study rooms and other excellent recreational facilities all located on campus. Study-abroad students will reside in our off-campus housing facility, Les Berges du Rhone. In some circumstances, study-abroad students may be placed in on-campus housing in the Living-Learning Center.
All students reside 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 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 may 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
- 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, all students accepted to the program are eligible to apply for the $500 WINS Travel Scholarship which will be applied toward the overall round-trip cost of airfare.
Traveling While Abroad
Geneva is strategically located in the heart of Europe and serves as an excellent starting point to travel to other European destinations. Many students travel independently on the weekends, but it is the responsibility of the student to not miss classes or assignments.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
It is possible to use summer federal financial aid. We recommend speaking with the Student Financial Aid Office for more information on this and other external scholarship and funding resources. Students can contact the Financial Aid Counselor for Education Abroad by e-mail.
Estimated program costs include:
|Program Admin Fees||$550|
|Course Fee||$100-$400||Varies depending upon chosen academic track|
|Tuition*||$2,000||Based on 4.0 undergraduate credits (students taking more or less credits will have a higher or lower amount due).|
|Housing||$990||Based on standard double occupancy apartment for one session.|
|Flight*, Passport, Visa, Meals, Personal Expenses||Arranged by individual applicant||*$500 Flight Scholarship available for each accepted student. These items are not billed to students' accounts, but are independently arranged. Flight is arranged by travel agency in conjunction with the student. Student is responsible for all change/cancellation fees.|
|TOTAL||$3,640-$3,940||Total Billed to KSU Student Bursar's Account|
- Costs are estimated for the 2024-2025 academic year and subject to change
- Full-time degree-seeking university student
- 2.5 cumulative GPA
- Earned a minimum of 15.0 credit hours
- February 15
Kent State Students
- Apply through the Kent State online application system. You will be prompted to log in using your KSU FlashLine credentials. You may refer to the Application Instructions page for guidance.
- Once you complete the online KSU materials, you must apply online as a "Non-Degree" Student to Webster University:
Webster Non-Degree Student Application.
- Once admitted as a Webster Non-Degree Student, you must complete the formal Geneva application via their online portal:
Online Application Portal.
- Apply online as a Kent State Guest Student (there is no fee to apply)
- When completing the Guest Student Application, please be sure to make the following selections:
- Select Student Type: Guest
- Select Campus: Kent Campus
- After submitting the Guest Student Application, students must email the program coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Within 48-72 hours of submitting your application, students who are accepted as Guest Students will receive an acceptance email from Kent State Admissions.
- Following the acceptance email, students will receive a second email with their KSU credentials to log in to FlashLine (the KSU online portal) within 48-72 hours of acceptance.
- Students must then log in to their FlashLine account for the first time and establish a password for FlashLine.
- Students may then apply for their education-abroad program through the Kent State online application system. You will be prompted to log in using your KSU FlashLine credentials.
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