Health and insurance

Health and accident insurance

Health insurance is mandatory when living in Switzerland. You are required to provide proof of coverage within three months of your arrival. If you are an EU or EEA citizen, you may be exempt from signing up for Swiss health insurance coverage. Please read below.

You are a citizen of the EU or the EEA
Verify that your insurance will cover your expenses in Switzerland. Send a copy of your European insurance card to the Geneva cantonal health insurance office (Service de l'assurance maladie - SAM) after you obtain your residence permit.

Health Insurance Service | Service de l’assurance-maladie
62, route de Frontenex, 1207 Geneva
T + 41 22 546 19 00

You are not a citizen of the EU or the EEA
Several companies offer student insurance at affordable prices. The Institute has an agreement with Advisor Swiss Insurance, which offers preferential rates for students. The insurance contract is established solely between the student and the insurance company. The Institute is not liable in any way. The general rules and conditions accompanying the insurance contract are binding, particularly those relating to the nature and duration of the coverage.

Advisor Swiss Insurance SA

Advisor Swiss Insurance
Avenue de Provence 4
PO Box 44
1000 Lausanne 20
T + 41 21 620 75 00

Information for our students

You can meet us on campus on the 28th and 29th of August from 11:00 till 14:00 and on the 17th of September from 11:00 till 13:00.

Private liability (third party) insurance

All Geneva residents are required to conclude a private liability insurance contract (responsabilité civile). This will cover damages caused by you accidentally to your apartment, other property, or to other persons. Private liability insurance is often included as an option in student residence rental contracts. Our students benefit from preferential rates with our partner, Advisor Swiss Insurance.

Household insurance (assurance ménage or assurance choses) is also strongly recommended, to protect your belongings.


Medical support

While the Institute does not provide medical facilities, students can use the University of Geneva's medical centre “Antenne santé”. It provides health information and services, including free medical consultations (only by appointment - no walk-in emergencies).

Pôle Santé Social (French only)
4 Rue de Candolle, 1205 Genève
T + 41 22 379 77 79

E santé
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Psychological Support

The University of Geneva also provides professional help for psychologically-related difficulties and disorders, ranging from stress to relationship problems. The centre aims to offer support for problems that may arise during student life. It is open to all students.

Pôle Santé Social
4 Rue de Candolle, 1204 Genève
T + 41 22 379 77 79

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