How it Works
Master students can apply to the exchange programme during the second semester of their study programme with the exchange taking place during the third semester.
PhD students can apply to take part in the exchange programme for one or two semesters from the successful defence of their preliminary thesis dissertation.
While on exchange, students continue to pay tuition fees to the Geneva Graduate Institute and are exempted from the payment of tuition fees at their host institutions.
A number of scholarship opportunities are available to PhD students who wish to carry out research abroad.
While our exchange agreements allow for the nomination of students between partner institutions, the final admission decision always remains with the host institution.
Each institution has its own language requirements and a variable number of courses taught through English. Students are advised to check this out carefully prior to applying.
The number of credits transferred to the student’s study programme at the Graduate Institute, for the courses followed during the exchange semester, will be determined on an individual basis by the Direction of Studies.
Participation in the exchange programme is regulated by the Institute’s Academic Regulations and Implementation Guidelines (master and PhD).
may only go on an exchange during their third semester
must have obtained a minimum of 60 credits prior to their departure
are generally expected to have obtained a minimum GPA of 5 for their first semester of studies at the Institute to be nominated for the exchange programme
Students applying for scholarships from the Geneva Graduate Institute will be assessed independently of their participation in the exchange programme; it will have no effect on eligibility or the amount of funding attributed.
Other sources of Funding for Exchange Students
Swiss European Mobility Programme
The Swiss European Mobility Programme (SEMP) through the Swiss national agency, Movetia, provides funding for Geneva Graduate Institute students participating in an exchange programme at a European partner institution (outside of Switzerland).
This programme has replaced Erasmus+ in Switzerland. The funding will be awarded to eligible students who complete the required paperwork (it is not based on financial needs). The total amount of the scholarship is, in principle, CHF 1,900 (this amount may vary depending on the funds available from Movetia).
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