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GlobaLinks Learning Abroad/EuroScholars - Research Study Abroad in Europe: University of Geneva
Geneva, Switzerland
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/01/2014** 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.
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
Third Party Provider Language of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Off Campus Apartment
Minimum GPA: 3.4 Program Advisor: Lisa Brown, Study Abroad Advisor
Courses Offered: Anthropology, Childhood Studies, Cognitive Science, Environmental Studies, French and Francophone Studies, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Public Policy, Sociology, Statistics Program Purpose: Research
Program Description:
Why EuroScholars UNIGE?
EuroScholars is a unique study abroad program for advanced students whereby students can conduct research at a high caliber institution while taking a language and culture class. The objectives of this program are to challenge students to conduct original research at the cutting edge of human knowledge and promote interactions with scholars through an immersion in European Undergraduate Research Opportunities in the research environment. As a participant, you will learn about scientific reasoning, research methods, theoretical principles related to the research area, and scholarly communication. By finalizing the results of your Research Project in a paper of publishable quality, you will also have improved your writing and presentation skills. The participating institutions are research-intensive universities, all internationally recognized for their outstanding research in numerous fields. All participating institutions are ranked in the top 2% of the 4,000 universities throughout Europe.

Just like the city of Geneva itself, the University of Geneva (UNIGE) enjoys a strong international reputation, both for the quality of its research (it ranks among the top institutions among the League of European Research Universities) and the excellence of its education. This acclaim has been won in part due to its strong ties to many national and international Geneva-based organizations, such as the World Health Organization, the International Telecommunications Union, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the European Organization for Nuclear Research.


Academic Highlights

EuroScholars is especially designed for students who are interested in discovering their potential for a research career. EuroScholars offers unique opportunities to spend a semester as a junior researcher at one of the top European research institutions. Supervision will be provided by academic staff, working on and/or responsible for the Research Project. The curriculum will consist of the Research Project (main element), literature review (independent study), elective (if applicable), and a language and culture course at the host university. The main element of the EuroScholars program is the Research Project. When applying to the EuroScholars program, you will select a specific research project from the EuroScholars Research Project Database. Almost all projects are ongoing research projects at the host institution, so as a EuroScholar, you will be an active contributor to an already existing research team. About 175 Research Projects at the 11 partner universities are available, in many fields of study. Projects are available in Arts and Humanities, Performing Arts, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy, Computer Science, Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Law, Economics, Management, Politics and Social Studies. The other part of the curriculum is built around the Research Project in dialogue with the supervising professor.

The University of Geneva has been able to preserve the ancient European tradition of an academic community located in the heart of the city. It is the second largest university in Switzerland with about 16,000 students, of whom more than 38% are international students, enrolled in the various programs from the bachelor to the doctorate. A staff composed of some 3,720 persons (professors, lecturers and assistants) is dedicated to the transmission and advancement of scientific knowledge through teaching as well as fundamental and applied research. The University is committed to unlocking knowledge and responding to social change.  It actively promotes equal opportunities and broad access to high-quality education.


Student Life

The Students + label includes various services offered to students at the University of Geneva, such as sports activities, cultural, housing, "Successful studies" program, the health antenna, Psychological Counselling Centre, the Information Office social and Uni Jobs. Uni-Jobs, connecting business-university, helps connect students and graduates of the University of Geneva with businesses through its service offerings online, forums, conferences, round tables, presentations and business booths. Events Uni-Jobs meet every year thousands of students and graduates, and over 300 professionals to discuss business and employment opportunities. Uni-use yet offers students a variety of services such as interviews and job search workshops, used by nearly half of the 15,000 students at the University of Geneva.The Observatory of Student Life (OVE) is a tool for reflection, research and validation of student politics at the University of Geneva. Pivot the Training Division and students, it maintains a monitoring activity on issues that influence far and wide living conditions and education.


Living in Geneva

Students in Geneva enjoy a unique setting. Rated third-highest in international surveys in terms of quality of life (Mercer Human Ressources Consulting 2010), the city of Calvin is only a few hours by train from the major European capitals. Geneva is also host to European headquarters of the United Nations (UN) and the world headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), as well as multinationals. Ideally located near the most famous of the Alps facing the Mediterranean ski areas, while being anchored in Central Europe, Geneva offers few advantages of a cosmopolitan city of human dimensions. Kitchens and music from around the world meet. Lovers of green spaces will find an atmosphere conducive to meditation in parks or on the shores of Lake Geneva. Fans of Culture will be spoiled for choice, thanks to the presence in Geneva of one of the opera houses of Europe's most prestigious, several film festivals , many concert halls and theater stages.