Summer Study in Geneva, Switzerland

"There is not a single person on the planet that is not touched every day by something that happened in Geneva."  --Michael Møller, Director of the United Nations, Geneva and Webster University Geneva commencement speaker 2015

Summer 2017 at Webster University Geneva offers numerous courses with opportunities for company visits, field trips and excursions, and guest speakers. 

Summer 2017 Schedule:

  • Starts Monday, May 22, 2017 and ends on Friday, July 7, 2017 (7 weeks)
  • Courses are slightly condensed (offering the same contact hours and credit hours as 8-week courses)
  • Summer Undergraduate Schedule 2017

Summer 2016 Schedule:


Courses and “clusters” (courses focused on areas of study) available Summer 2016:

Beyond the classroom, student life activities include a summer barbecue and other opportunities to make new friends and see Switzerland. 

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Sustainability Cluster 

Introduction to Sustainable Studies (SUST 1000) - (GCP)*:  Focus on transforming human societies so that we may equitably meet current human needs (such as health, energy, food, shelter, and transportation) while preserving the natural systems required to meet the needs of future generations.  Includes writing assignments, field trips, and a campus sustainability project.

Environmental Ethics (PHIL 2360) - (GCP)*:  Explore values, rights, responsibilities, and obligations relevant to environmental problems such as climate change, air pollution, waste disposal, land degradation, water depletion and pollution, threats to biodiversity, and population growth.

Issues in Management - The Economics of Sustainability (MNGT 3100/ECON 3100):  Analyze current management/economic issues in terms of historical background, present status, and possible solutions through case studies. Prerequisite for ECON 3100:  ECON 2030 and ECON 2020. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

*GCP (Global Citizenship Program) is Webster's general education program.

Innovation in the Arts Cluster

Interpersonal Communication (SPCM 1280) - (GCP)*:  Apply contexts and skills associated with interpersonal communication competence, effective interpersonal communication, and skills and behaviors to relate to others. Topics include: self-disclosure, listening, nonverbal communication, and conflict.

Basic Digital Photography (PHOT 1010) -  (GCP)*:  Basic concepts and practice of digital photography, including understanding and use of the camera, lenses, and other basic photographic equipment; technological requirements of digital formats; basic digital manipulations of images.  Students create a photo portfolio of images.  May not count towards the BA in Photography electives.

Current Art (ARHS 2200) - (GCP)*:  Surveys many of the dominant styles and theories of contemporary art.  Introduces students to the nature of the "art world," current trends in art, and the dialogues taking place both in and around its creation.

*GCP (Global Citizenship Program) is Webster's general education program.

Switzerland and its Diversity Cluster

Topics in Culture - Plurilingual Switzerland (ILC 2150) - (GCP)*

Topics in Culture - The History and Art of Switzerland (ILC 2150) - (GCP)*

The Politics of Peace (INTL 2650)

*GCP (Global Citizenship Program) is Webster's general education program.

International Business Challenges Cluster

International Business - Rethinking Innovation Strategy in Europe and the Globe (BUSN 4650):  Survey of international business operations, including organization structure, finance, taxation, marketing, cultural differences, global trade, capital markets and economic growth, the impact of regional trading blocs, corporate global competitiveness, and global strategies. Prerequisite: MNGT 2100. 

Advanced Advertising (MNGT 4510):  There are no Prerequisites, but: MNGT 3500 would be recommended.

Issues in Management - Global Energy Economy (MNGT 3100)

French Language and Culture Courses

Course taught in French.

French Civilization - La Rencontre du Théâtre et le l'Art Contenporain (FREN 3150):  The meeting of contemporary theater and art.  Prerequisite: FREN 2100 or equivalent.  

Introduction to French Literature - Séismes Littéraires (FREN 3250): Francophone novels of survival.  Prerequisite: FREN 2100 or equivalent.

Individual Courses

Intermediate Macroeconomics (ECON 3030):  Advanced theory and applications in macroeconomics. Topics include growth, determination of income, employment and output, aggregate demand and supply, the business cycle, monetary and fiscal policies, and international macroeconomic modeling.  Prerequisites:  ECON 2020, ECON 2030, and competence in basic algebra.

Entrepreneurial Financial Management (BUSN 3710):  Focus on the process an entrepreneur goes through to produce, understand, interpret, and use basic financial information to start, manage, or grow an entrepreneurial organization.

Survey of Calculus (MATH 1470):  Introduces the ideas of calculus without the rigor associated with the course in the standard calculus sequence.  Emphasis is on computational ability, problem solving, and applications. Prerequisite: proficiency in algebra. 

Refugee and Migration Movements (HIST 2360):  Examines the historical evolution of migration and refugee flows and the psychosocial impacts on peoples, states, and regions.

Advocacy, NGOs and Civil Society (INTL 2610):  Studies multilateral activities designed to promote economic, social, and technical progress. Examines international cooperation in such "nonpolitical" fields as trade, economic development, communications, health, humanitarian assistance, and environmental protection.

Conduct of Foreign Policy (POLT 3310):  Examines the techniques and problems of foreign policy decision making in the contemporary nation-state system. Prerequisite: POLT 1050 or POLT 1060. 

Topics in Psychology:  Social Networking and Interpersonal Relationships (PSYC 3000):  Prerequisites: PSYC 1100 and 6 credit hours of psychology; or permission of the instructor. 

Sensation and Perception (PSYC 3850):  Examines how the human brain receives and processes information from our environment by exploring the functioning of human sensory systems and the means by which we interpret these neural signals. Topics covered in the course include vision, audition, taste, smell, touch, and basic psychophysics.  Prerequisites: PSYC 1100, PSYC 2825, and 6 credit hours of psychology; or permission of the instructor. 

Housing and Travel within Europe

Cost of housing:  $1,000 for the 7 week-long Summer term.  In addition, Webster Geneva offers to study abroad students:

    • $100 towards travel within Europe by plane, train or bus.  Low cost airlines fly in and out of Geneva to most European cities.  Visit, for instance, the easyJet Website at:
    • $100 voucher at Migros, the largest Swiss supermarket and retailer
    • Study abroad students under the age of 25 will also receive a Unireso transportation pass for a value of $45.  This pass is valid for travel on local commuter trains, public transportation and boats for one month.

Recommended Hotels Near Webster Geneva Campus

For parents, family and friends who want to visit you during your time in Geneva, below is a list of recommended hotels. Please note:  To benefit from Webster's contracted rates, guests must mention Webster at the time of making the reservation.

    • Hotel Port Gitana:  Located at 314, Route de Lausanne, 1293 Bellevue, Geneva.  This hotel is a small, family-run inn on the lakefront.  It is located within walking distance of the campus (4 minutes) and is 7 minutes by train to the city center of Geneva.  Tel:  +41 22 774 31 48  Email:
    • Lake Geneva Hotel***:  Located at 77, Route de Suisse, 1290 Versoix, Geneva.  This is a brand new hotel and all rooms have a view on the lake.  It is located one train stop away from campus, with trains running every 30 minutes.  Tel:  +41 22 907 81 11  Email:
    • Kipling Hotel***:  Located at 27, Rue de la Navigation, 1201 Geneva.  This hotel is located in the city center of Geneva, within walking distance of the train station.  Campus is 7 minutes by train, with trains running every 30 minutes.  Tel:  +41 22 544 40 40  Email:
    • Intercontinental Geneva*****:  Located at 7-9, Chemin du Petit-Sarconnex, 1209 Geneva.  This hotel is close to the main International Organizations.  It is a 5 minute walk to the train station, and a 5 minute train ride to campus, with trains running every 30 minutes.  Tel:  +41 22 919 32 61 Email:

About Geneva

Spend your summer in Geneva, a world-renowned city in the heart of Europe!

"Unless you decide to work for an organization such as the United Nations, which lies a few kilometers from the Webster Geneva campus, I suspect it could be a long time before you will have a chance to experience such a diversity of colleagues."  --Ron Daniel, Webster Geneva, Academic Director 

    • Geneva is located in the western, French-speaking part of Switzerland, in the center of Europe.  The population of the city of Geneva is 200,000, half of which are non-Swiss who are from all over the world.
    • Geneva has been on the map since Roman times.  Today, the city is home to the United Nations, hundreds of international organizations and countless multi-national corporations.
    • The campus is a five minute drive from France and two hours from Italy.  The cost to fly round-trip from Geneva to most European cities is roughly $100.
    • Summers in Geneva are warm and sunny, allowing you to take full advantage of activities around Lake Geneva and the Alps.  Europe's highest peak, the Mont Blanc, is just a few miles away.
    • Numerous open air concerts and music festivals are held in the Geneva region over the summer (e.g., Caribana Music Festival, Fête de la Musique  Geneva is also home to museums, covering a range of subjects:
    • Most people in Geneva speak several languages including English.  This characteristic, combined with a well developed public transportation system, makes getting around the city extremely easy.