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How do I apply for the Geneva Summer Schools?

arrow Please fill in the online application form


When will I be informed of the status of my application?

arrow Geneva Summer Schools applications are on a rolling basis, as they are received. We aim to respond to you in the earliest possible deadline. This means that a course may fill up before the application deadline. We encourage you to apply early to secure a place !


Can I apply to more than 1 course?

arrow Yes, you can apply to multiple courses, especially if they are at different dates, but you must pay a 100 CHF application fee and complete an online application for each course. Please note that you will not be able to take more than one course at the same time, as the course workload is very intense.


Do I need a visa to participate in Geneva Summer Schools?

arrow Depending on your nationality, you need a visa to travel to Switzerland. You may find information about the visa requirement on the website of the State Secretariat for Migration. All visa procedures remain in the participant's responsibility and must be arranged prior to arriving in Geneva.


What is the language of instruction?

arrow All courses are taught in English.


Do I need a proof of English proficiency?

arrow No, we don’t require any official language proficiency proof. However, the Course Director reserves the right to refuse a candidate if the necessary command of English is not guaranteed.


I am a high school student. Can I apply to GSS?

arrow Unfortunately, our summer schools are not open to high school students.


Payment and Enrolment

When do I have to pay the tuition?

arrow An application fee of 100 CHF must be paid at the time of acceptance into the course to reserve the place and confirm participation. This fee is non-refundable.
The remaining tuition must be paid within the time frame determined by the Course Director and communicated in Admissions Email, and no later than one month prior to the course start date. If payment is not made in due time, Geneva Summer Schools reserves the right to cancel the admission and attribute the place to another candidate.


What is the Geneva Summer Schools cancellation policy ?

arrow The Geneva Summer Schools reserves the right to cancel a course for whatever reason (i.e. lack of participants). The cancellation will be communicated on the website and by email no later than 4 weeks prior to the start of the course. Tuition payment (excluding the 100 CHF application fee) will be refunded. Please keep this in mind when making your travel arrangements, as these will not be reimbursed. For further information, please read thoroughly through our regulation.


Can I apply for a scholarship?

arrow We understand your financial concerns but unfortunately our hands are tied. As we are a self-financed and non-profit programme, we cannot offer you anything else than partially waive your tuition fees. You’ll have to pay yourself for accommodation, food, your flight and any other personal expenses during your stay in Geneva. We highly recommend asking for extra funds at your home university, private foundations in the field of higher education, the Swiss Embassy or even EU and UN agencies in your home country.


I am a student at the Graduate Institute. Do I get the same discount than a University of Geneva student?

arrow Being a self-financed program, we cannot offer the same price for Graduate Institute students than for UNIGE students. Only students following a PhD, MA or BA program at UNIGE will get a special price. However, when registering online, you can apply for a partial or full tuition waiver. But please note that preference is usually given to participants coming from developing countries or students with a very low budget.


Does Geneva Summer Schools provide accommodation?

arrow Geneva Summer Schools can help facilitate your search for accommodation for your programme. We can provide you with a list of housing options and connect you with other admitted students also looking for accommodation.Please visit our accommodation page, where we have put together a long list of links offering affordable short-term housing options.



Will I receive credits for my summer school courses?

arrow Each summer school will indicate its equivalence in ECTS credits in its description. Participants will be provided with a Certificate of Completion of the course (if they satisfy attendance and exam requirements). It is the participant’s responsibility to verify the validity of the course and validate it at their home university.

arrow Geneva Summer Schools will not be held responsible if the credits cannot be validated at the home institution, as it is the participant's direct responsibility to secure this approval. Please see our Regulations for more information.


Is Geneva Summer Schools connected to the University of Geneva?

arrow Yes, the Geneva Summer Schools is part of the University of Geneva (UNIGE). They are directed by the International Affairs in relation with various Faculties of the University. Please note that the Geneva Summer Schools courses are not official UNIGE courses, and you will not receive an official UNIGE transcript.

arrow Please visit the UNIGE website for more information about the University, its Faculties and its Programs.


Who are the Geneva Summer School faculty?

arrow Geneva Summer Schools faculty are professors from the University of Geneva and international institutions. 

arrow Please visit the UNIGE website for more information about the University, its Faculties and its Programs.


I am a professor and I would like to teach in a summer school. Who should I contact?

arrow We welcome proposals for new courses through the Geneva Summer Schools ! If you have an idea for a summer course, or for a collaborative course with the University of Geneva, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.