The second-most populous city in Switzerland, Geneva (also known as Genève) is a global city that hosts the highest number of international organisations in the world, and is home to just over 200,000 people. This means that the city is one of the most internationally diverse in Europe, with a large population of international students and expatriates. This international atmosphere is displayed through the diversity of languages spoken in the city. The official language of Geneva is French, but a lot of the population also speak other languages, such as English, German and Italian.
Consistently highly ranked as one of the world’s most livable cities, Geneva is a popular study and living destination for people all over the world. The city is home to 82 sites and buildings that are listed as Swiss heritage sites of national significance. These include Notre-Dame Church, Russian Orthodox Church, Institut et Musée Voltaire, and the Conservatory and Botanical Garden, among many others.
Geneva is located on the south-western end of Lake Geneva, and surrounded by three mountains. On a clear day, you can see the top of Mont Blanc. The city is served by the Geneva Cointrin International Airport, which is connected by the Geneva Airport railway station. Geneva is also connected by rail to both the Swiss Federal Railways and French SNCF network, with links to Paris, Lyon, Marseille and Montpellier, as well as other European cities.
Some of the international organisations you will find located in Geneva are the United Nations European headquarters, the World Health Organisation, the World Trade Organisation, and CERN (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research).
With over 20 universities and Fachhochschulen (Universities of Applied Science) located in Geneva, you will not struggle to find the right course and institution for you. Many of the higher education institutions in Geneva conduct high quality research projects, as the city has become a research hub, home to CERN (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research).
As a country, Switzerland considers education to be highly important, which allows the country to be a successful one. Because of this national attitude to education, many of Geneva’s higher education institutions are globally recognised for their contribution to the worldwide education system.
Here is a list of the higher education institutions located in Geneva.
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