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Living and studying in Geneva, Switzerland


SWISS UMEF students can benefit from studying in an international city such as Geneva, at it not only allows them to have a positive impact on their studies but also provides unique opportunities for networking. Additionally, SWISS UMEF organises visits to some of the world’s most prestigious and renowned organisations as well as historic landmarks in the area.

Tertiary education standards in Switzerland are very high, and lifelong training has become the norm for executives and professionals in all sectors. This has contributed to Switzerland maintaining its annual ranking as the world’s most innovative country.

Switzerland has one of the world’s best rail transport systems, which is conveniently linked to those of its neighbouring countries, allowing for fast and pleasant travel throughout Europe. A multi-cultural, multi-lingual country. Switzerland offers diversity of culture, geography and lifestyle.

Geneva, the cosmopolitan

Geneva is the second most populous city in Switzerland and the main tourist destination with world renowned sites, such as the Jet d’eau fountain, the Palais des Nation and the beautiful Lac Léman, one of the largest lakes in Western Europe. People of all nationalities come to Geneva to experience its unique charm and stunning location.

Geneva, a peaceful city

Geneva is among the ten cities in the world that are considered to have the best quality of life. Situated on the shores of Lake Léman, the city stretches along both banks of the Rhône and is framed by the Alps and Jura mountains and overlooked by Mont Blanc. The city is rich in art, history and architectural beauty. Strolling around Geneva is a very peaceful experience, and the journey can take you from the botanical gardens, through the historic old town, to the idyllic lakeside beaches and parks.

International Geneva

Along with New York, Geneva is home to the headquarters of the United Nations and has been the busiest multilateral diplomacy centre in the world for over a hundred years. Geneva hosts more than 200 international and non-governmental organisations that work in areas as diverse as humanitarian action, trade, human rights, environment, training and education, peacekeeping, meteorology, intellectual property, nuclear research, labour, health, technology and telecommunications.

Geneva, centre of finance and business

As the world’s capital of the raw materials business, Geneva attracts various enterprises from across the sector – merchants, banks, brokers and insurance. Moreover, as the second Swiss financial centre after Zurich, Geneva is one of the most important places in the world in terms of private wealth management.

Geneva, the opportunity to boost your career

By qualifying in Geneva, SWISS UMEF students have the possibility of finding job opportunities in local and international organisations. Furthermore, SWISS UMEF programmes are designed in a way that gives students an advantage in those sectors that seek graduates with the skills, understanding and knowledge that are required to meet demanding career challenges.

Geneva and the cost of living

Though Geneva is ranked among the most expensive cities in the world, salaries in Switzerland are comparatively higher than in other European countries. Moreover, social infrastructure is of a high standard and many cultural attractions are free. Additionally, for students, there are many opportunities for discounts, including lower-cost local transport, food, accommodation and entertainment.

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