Living in Geneva
Geneva offers significant advantages and attracts a constant flow of visitors, students, artists, companies, workers, ideas, specialty foods and capital.
Geneva is home to the European headquarters of the United Nations and hosts over 31 international organisations as well as over 250 non-governmental organisations and a growing number of important multinational companies. Consequently, the city’s population is extremely diverse, uniting cultures, traditions, cuisine and languages from all parts of the world. Approximately 40% of Geneva’s inhabitants are foreigners.
Geneva’s cultural life is active and diverse. Thanks to the high standard of living of its population, the city offers performances and exhibitions for all tastes. Furthermore, its vast show-room ("Geneva Palexpo") attracts some of Europe’s largest shows.
Sports and Skiing
Geneva is an ideal city for sport lovers. Walk into the train station early on a Sunday morning and you will be surprised by the number of people with back-packs on their shoulders, ready for a long day hike. In the winter, Geneva offers some of the best skiing in the Alps as close as 45 minutes away. Local buses bring skiers to the nearby slopes of Chamonix, Flaine, Les Portes du Soleil, Zermatt, Verbier and other renowned ski areas. Alternatively, Lake Geneva – one of Europe's largest – is an inviting environment for water sports.
Quality of life and Travel
Geneva offers very high quality of life, as the city is clean, safe, small enough for getting around by bike, boasts an extensive public transportation network, enjoys an easily accessible international airport and is well connected by train to most other major European cities (approximate travel time to some major cities: Milan – 4 hours, Paris – 3.5 hours, Frankfurt – 5 hours).
The only real disadvantage of Geneva is the housing situation. To find accomodation is time consuming. We will strongly encourage you to apply for university housing as soon as you receive your admission offer from the Institute.
The Institute has also built in 2012 a new Student House which provides 135 apartments for Institute regular Master and PhD students. The application to this housing is being proposed at the same time of your application to the respective programmes. More information on www.campusdelapaix.ch
The Institute's Campus