Opening lecture of the 2016-2017 academic year
There is ample opportunity to recharge your batteries through sports and cultural activities.
Geneva Academy students can practise a large number of sports at the University of Geneva (UNIGE), on both a recreational and competitive basis. From basketball, tennis and badminton to fitness, zumba, capoeira, golf, handball, hockey, judo, horse riding and climbing, you can discover something new or continue to practise an activity throughout the academic year.
If you are interested in the arts, theatre, music or the like, UNIGE cultural activities offer numerous possibilities: classical dance, contemporary dance, engraving, video, photography, creative writing, cinema, electronic music as well as many other courses. The UNIGE Orchestra and Choir also allow students to practise classical music during their stay at the Geneva Academy.
Every week the UNIGE Ciné-club screens films on a specific theme or by a particular filmmaker. The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies’ Ciné@IHEID series and Ciné-ONU also screen films, which are followed by a debate with leading experts.
As a multicultural city with more than 180 nationalities, Geneva has a vibrant cultural life – a broad range of music concerts, music festivals, dance, opera, a variety of movies, art galleries, theatres and museums. A significant number of these cultural offers are accessible to English speakers.
Our students can obtain free tickets to various performances, exhibitions and concerts every week through UNIGE cultural activities.
Orientation Week is your opportunity to make friends and learn more about studying at the Geneva Academy and living in Geneva. It takes place the week before the start of the academic year.
Various accomodation options are available for our students. As Geneva has a reliable public transport system which extends to all parts of the city, and even to neighbouring towns in France, you do not necessarily need to live close to our campus.
We encourage students to plan the financial aspects of their programme carefully and well in advance, and to explore all opportunities for financing their studies.
To prepare for their stay in Geneva, students are advised to begin visa formalities, if applicable, immediately after their place on the course is confirmed.
At first, I thought distance learning was going to be an overwhelming challenge, but over time I have come to realize that it is almost the same as attending the classes in person as it was very interactive. It was particularly convenient in the situation of a global pandemic and time-saving for a person who is maintaining a full-time job as well.