Xi'an Summer Institute | Kent State University

Xi'an Summer Institute


Kent State University has been educating students in Geneva for more than 30 years. Continuing this rich tradition, Kent State in partnership with Webster University offers this exciting summer program in the heart of Geneva, Switzerland. Participants will experience an enriching academic and cultural setting for the 7-week summer program, as well as have the opportunity for independent travel around Europe.


Summer 2019
  • May 29 - June 29


Courses are offered in a series of "Learning Themes", or tracks. It is encouraged for students to take all courses in the Learning Theme that they select, but it is not required. Students may choose courses from across different Learning Themes as well as the "Stand-Alone Course List". Students may enroll in either 2 or 3 courses (earning 6.0, 9.0 credits, respectively).

Academic areas include:


All program participants will be provided with a comprehensive Pre-Departure Orientation (non-KSU students will be emailed the presentation). 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 & Immigration documents
  • Finance & Banking abroad
  • Health & Safety
  • Cultural Awareness & Culture Shock
  • City and Campus Tours

The Campus

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. While study abroad 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.






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 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, all students accepted to the program and enrolling in 6.0 credits or more receive the $1,000 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.



  • Scholarships are available through the Office of Global Education: Learn more here
  • For most students, it is possible to use summer federal financial aid. We recommend speaking with the OneStop Office for more information on this and other external scholarship and funding resources.


Estimated program costs include:

Program Admin Fees $375 Billed to Kent State Bursar Account
Tuition* $2,982 Based on 6.0 credits (students taking more or less credits will have a higher or lower amount due). Billed to Kent State Bursar Account
Housing $1,600 Based on standard double occupancy apartment. Billed to Kent State Bursar Account
Flight*, Passport, Visa, Meals, Personal Expenses Arranged by individual applicant *$1,000 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 $4,957.00  
  • *Estimated for academic year 2018-2019; subject to change


  • Full-time degree-seeking KSU student
  • 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Earned a minimum of 15.0 credit hours


  • February 1st*

*The full application process and all materials must be completed and submitted by this deadline date.




  1. Apply through the Kent State online application system. You will login with your FlashLine credentials. 


Nick Vasiloff, M.Ed.
Assistant Director of Education Abroad
Email: nvasilof@kent.edu
Phone: 330-672-3067
Office of Global Education | Kent State University