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Kent State University Geneva
Geneva, Switzerland (Outgoing Program)
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 11/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2019 03/23/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.70
Housing Options: Off Campus Apartment
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Kent State University ~ Geneva
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History & Description

The Kent State University Geneva study abroad program in Switzerland is your opportunity to spend an entire semester interning with an international organization, visiting historic places, meeting with European officials, establishing new friendships, and touching cultures different from your own.  Since 1977, the Geneva study abroad program has enrolled students from all over the United States and Canada. Your participation may expand your resume, but we believe having the opportunity to live and study in Switzerland will broaden your life.

Geneva, Switzerland

There is nowhere else in the world that rivals Geneva’s sleek cosmopolitanism.  Although it is only Switzerland’s third-largest city, much of the world is here: the UN, the International Red Cross, the International Labor Organization, and the World Health Organization not to mention the other hundred governmental and nongovernmental organizations located here.  Besides its political side, Geneva is a city of luxury.  People flock to fill the city’s many plush four- and five-star hotels and ski in the Alps. They feast on world-class international cuisine.  And they feed its economy by frequenting the multitude of banks, luxury jewelers, and chocolate shops for which the city is known.

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About The Program

The Geneva study abroad program runs the fall semester from mid-August to mid-December and the spring semester from early-January to mid-May. While studying in Geneva, students have the opportunity to hold an internship with a non-profit or international organization. 

Orientation & Airport Pick-Up

Orientation includes bus transportation to and from airport in Geneva, some day trips, select meals, and access to guides.


Students enrolled in the Geneva study abroad program will live and attend classes in the newly renovated Kent State Geneva housing complex. Students will room with two to three other program participants. Each room contains a private bathroom and shower. The main kitchen gives students access to stove tops, ovens and microwaves.   To view pictures of the available housing, please go to this website:

Food & Laundry

You can also choose to cook for yourself as you will have access to a fully furnished kitchen or there is access to a dining hall on campus.

Banking & Cell Phones

It is recommended that students keep their American bank accounts and simply use the ATM's instead of opening a local bank account.  It is imperative, however, to inform your bank of your upcoming time abroad and to learn more about your bank’s policy for making withdrawals  in order to best avoid any banking problems.  Usually, you should expect a fee for withdrawals (usually about $3 or $4). More information regarding banking will be discussed during the BW Pre-Departure Orientation Session.

As for cell phone usage, it is recommended that students buy a cell phone and phone cards in-country.


The purposes are:  (1) Provide a basic understanding of the history, and unique democracy of Switzerland. (2) Acquaint students with the history of Geneva.  (3) Brief students on international organizations that make their headquarters in Geneva. (3) Introduce the local businesses and economics of Geneva.  (4) Develop an awareness to observe cultures different than their own.  (4) Build respect for their Geneva Semester contemporaries. (5) Orient students to the details of spending 17 weeks in Geneva: academic, personal, safety and program policy responsibilities.

For more information about available academic courses for this program, visit this link:

Internship Opportunities

Students with a 3.0+ GPA can participate in the Geneva internship program with international Non-Profit and Non-Governmental Organizations.  Please click here for more details.


All BW students are required to have international health insurance. Students will be automatically enrolled in this insurance. More information regarding insurance coverage will be provided once you begin an online application or contact Explorations for more details. 


Current BW Status

You must be a current BW student and have completed at least one semester of on-campus study at BW before you may submit an application.


Your cumulative grade point average has to be 2.7 or above (the host institution might have a higher GPA requirement.)  If lower than a 2.7, students may appeal with the permission of the Explorations Director.

Student Conduct Record

Serious or multiple violations of college policy may jeopardize your eligibility for Explorations/Study Abroad programs. You will not be eligible for a program if you have been found in violation of any of the following policies within the past 12 months: alcohol, drugs, assault (any type), harassment, stalking, vandalism, theft and more (this list is not all-inclusive).

Bursar's Approval

Your account must be paid in full, or at least, making current payments to the University for the current term.


You must be willing to accept and pay for an international health insurance policy as required by the University.

What Can I Study?

Courses available through this program are available on this website:

Academic Credit

In order to receive transfer credit from your classes abroad, you need to receive a "C" grade or better.

How Much Does It Cost?

Students who choose to participate in this full semester program can expect to pay charges as a BW residential student--current tuition, room and board, for the respective semester. All of your financial aid and scholarships will apply. Housing for this program is more expensive than housing at BW. More details regarding this can be found by contacting Explorations/Study Abroad. Additional financial aid may be available to help with this additional cost. Students should expect to pay out of pocket for airfare and in-country expenses. These typically run between $2,000 and $4,000. However, this will depend on your personal spending habits.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

In addition to federal aid, other forms of financial assistance may be available. Public and private organizations, businesses, and churches often award grants, loans, and fellowships to students traveling abroad. Scholarships may be awarded on the basis of personal attributes (ethnic or religious background, parents' field of employment,etc.) For more information about available scholarships/funding, please visit:



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