Incoming Exchange Student Portal

Students on exchange at the Graduate Institute, Geneva will find important information on this page with everything they will need to anticipate their arrival and subsequent stay here. 

Dear Future Students,

Welcome to the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies!

We are delighted that you have chosen to pursue your studies here. We sincerely believe that you have much to contribute to the intellectual vitality and diversity that characterises the Institute.

Located in the heart of International Geneva, our institution is committed to giving you the very best education available. Our faculty continues to find new and innovative ways to combine research, expertise and teaching through its close ties with other leading universities, as well as with international and non-governmental organisations. We provide an exciting and productive learning environment and pride ourselves on our small classes, intensive advising, active learning through research and internships, international study and the high quality of campus life. 

We look forward to seeing you soon. 




Exchange Programme Manager

Ms Concepta Canale

Telephone: +41 22 908 57 20
Academic Adviser 

Dr Laurent Neury

Before you get here


Stay Connected

Join our Facebook group to exchange information and tips related to your upcoming exchange semester!


Apply for your visa three months prior to arrival, if required (view details on document below)

COVID-19: All visa application procedures have been interrupted until 15 June. We will share new information as it becomes available. Click here for the Geneva immigration authority's official website.

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Students can apply for accommodation at one of the Institute's residences.




  • Master level courses listed on the Institute's course catalogue are open to incoming exchange students except for compulsory courses (including track compulsory courses). workshops and courses in the Master in International Economics programme.

  • Admitted students will receive instructions on how to register for courses by email.

  • Changes to course registrations can be made during the first week of classes but are subject to places available.

Useful information


When to arrive in Geneva

We advise that you plan to arrive 3-7 days before the semester begins to have time to get acquainted with your new surroundings. Geneva is quite small and when the academic year begins, you will have plenty of time between classes to take care of any paperwork and to get organised.

Important dates

  • Orientation session: 20 September

  • First day of the semester: 20 September

  • Last day of classes: 24 December 

 How to access the Graduate Institute

When you arrive


Welcome Meeting and Registration at the Graduate Institute

A Welcome Meeting for incoming exchange students will take place on the first day of the semester.

  • Date: Monday 20 September

  • Time:  TBC

  • Place: Maison de la Paix. Room: TBC

Students will officially register to the Institute during this meeting and attendance is therefore mandatory. During this meeting, students will finalise their registration to the Institute and receive their multi-service student cards.

The Institute’s Academic Adviser will also be present if you have any questions pertaining to course offerings and registration.


Residence permit (all non-Swiss nationals)

Click on "Residence permit application procedure"

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IMPORTANT: Incoming Exchange students who have received a residence permit are required to inform the OCPM ( about their departure, at the latest, two weeks prior to leaving by sending the departure form, duly completed. This procedure is mandatory.



Switzerland requires all residents to have health insurance. Students will therefore have to show proof of their insurance policy to local health authorities.

Remember to cancel your insurance policy upon departure, otherwise, you will continue to receive invoices.

Learn more


Practical Information

Office Cantonal de la Population et des Migrations (OCPM)

  • Website: Welcome to Geneva

  • Route de Chancy 88, 1213 Onex

  • Opening hours: Mo, Tue, Th, Fr: 7:30-13:30; Wed 9:00-16:30

  • Telephone : +41 22 546 47 95, Mo-Fr: 13:30-16:30

  • Contact

  • Access: Tram 14, Bus K and L «Bandol» stop. Map

Campus and Opportunities




The Campus de la paix
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