A quiet semester in Geneva Past Review

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/18/2017 to 12/22/2017 with

Geneva Graduate Institute - Undergraduate Semester Programme

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Definitely worthwhile. I learned a lot from my classes and was surrounded by passionate people.

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

I had a lovely time in Geneva, but would advise people to choose cheaper, more social cities to live in for their abroad experience. That said, Switzerland is a beautiful country and Geneva is filled with interesting people. A good option for career-oriented students, but would opt for something cheaper and more fun if I could do it again. I'd love to retire in Geneva, but would not recommend being a student there.


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The classes
  • My classmates
  • How safe/easy to get around in Geneva is
* What could be improved?
  • More social of an atmosphere
  • More undergrads (was weird having so few nearby)
  • Housing on campus
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How expensive Geneva is and how hard it would be to make friends since so many of the students were so much older than me.