Undergraduate Semester Students Portal

This page has been designed to help you prepare your future stay at the Graduate Institute and in Geneva. Undergraduate students are responsible for their personal logistics including travel arrangements, accommodation and visa issues and we, therefore, invite you to read the information below carefully.

Before you get here



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

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Master level courses

  • A list of Master level courses open to undergraduate students will be provided to the students before the start of the semester.

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

Academic Calendar

Take a Tour of the Library

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: TBA 

  • First day of classes: 20 September 2022

  • Last day of classes: 23 December 2022

 How to access the Graduate Institute

When you arrive


Welcome Meeting and registration at the Graduate Institute

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

Students  will receive essential information including your certificate of registration and  a multi-service student card during this meeting. Attendance is, therefore, mandatory.


    Apply for your residence permit (all non-Swiss nationals)

    Click on "Residence permit application procedure"

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

    Learn more

    If you are affiliated to an insurance through your university, we recommend you to submit this form to your insurance prior to your arrival. If it is recognized by the SAM (Swiss Insurance Company) you do not need to subscribe to a swiss insurance.

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




    IMPORTANT: Students who have received a residency permit are required to inform the OCPM (emploi.ocp@etat.ge.ch, Cc international.programmes@graduateinstitute.ch) about their departure, at the latest, two weeks prior to leaving by sending the departure form, duly completed. This procedure is mandatory.


    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

    The Campus de la paix
    Life in Geneva

    Contact information

    Contact us if you have any questions related to the Undergraduate Semester Programme: