Practical Information for Incoming Exchange Students


To prepare your stay in Geneva, students are advised to begin visa formalities, if applicable, immediately futher to the confirmation of admission.

Housing, Cost of Living, Insurance

Securing suitable housing in Geneva can be challenging and we strongly encourage you to begin your housing search as early as possible. Information on housing, the cost of living in Geneva and  Insurance is available on our students portal.

Location and Public Transport

Our Campus the “Campus de la Paix”  is located in the heart of Geneva close to the United Nations headquarters. Instructions on how to reach the Institute and information on public transport in Geneva are provided here.

Courses and Credits

The Institute’s course offerings are available on the online course catalogue with most courses being available to exchange students. Students are required to submit their course choices, by email to,  4 weeks prior to the beginning of the semester.  The Institute uses the  ECTS system (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) which allows for an overview of educational programmes based on the associated credits. These credits express the workload expected from the student in view of all the courses offered throughout the semester.

For the Master’s programmes, a semester is equal to 30 ECTS credits;  in general 5 semester courses of 2 weekly hours over 14 weeks.

Credits are awarded once a student has successfully completed the course.


A welcome session is organised for incoming exchange students on the first day of classes. On this occasion, students receive their student cards, computer indentification, library access cards and so on.