Life in Geneva


Geneva is nestled in the Western part of Switzerland (called “la Romandie” by locals) between Lake Geneva and the surrounding mountains of the Alpes and the Jura.
Besides the many outdoor activities this city offers, Geneva is also home to more than 30 international organisations, over 300 non-governmental organisations and 175 embassies and permanent missions. The international sector in Geneva employs around 29,000 people.
Being the depositor state of the Geneva Conventions of 1949, Geneva builds on a long humanitarian tradition. It is where the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is located, as well as the Human Rights Council of the United Nations.
Geneva is also a centre of international diplomacy. Many of the major peace negotiations are being hosted here, facilitated through the government of Switzerland and its long-standing practice of mediation.
Students studying at the Graduate Institute will find Geneva to be a great place for personal and professional development, networking and securing future work opportunities.

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