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Webster University Geneva

Webster University Geneva

Established in Switzerland in 1978, Webster University Geneva is an accredited American university campus that offers high-quality programs in English at the undergraduate (bachelor level) and graduate (masters) level. Webster provides a broad Liberal Arts approach to teaching in the culturally-rich context of Switzerland, and the University has become an important member of the community.

Top reasons to study here

  • The only Private University in Western Switzerland to offer Globally Recognised Degrees
  • American Liberal Arts Education in the Heart of Europe
  • Global Network of 50+ Webster Campuses where students can study for the same degree

About

History

Webster University Geneva has been a Swiss nonprofit educational foundation (“Fondation Webster”) since 1978. It was established by Webster University, a private, nonprofit, student-focused university founded in the USA in 1915.  Webster University Geneva provides teaching, research, and service in several disciplines at the Undergraduate (bachelor) and Graduate (master) levels.

Education

In the American Liberal Arts tradition, all of Webster University’s undergraduate degree programs include a liberal arts 'core' of courses (developing a set of knowledge, competencies and skills across all bachelor degree programs) called the Global Citizenship Program (GCP), which represents about 25% of the student's total credits in the bachelor degree. 

Webster Geneva also offers a number of graduate programs, including a Swiss accredited Counseling Program and a degree in Migration, Climate Change & the Environment which is associated with many of the important Non-Governmental Organisations in the Geneva region.

Research

Research and creativity are essential activities at Webster University Geneva for faculty and students. Our scholarly and creative work contributes to building knowledge, enhances our understanding of the world and human experience, and increases the institutional visibility and academic reputation of Webster University Geneva. Research and creative projects are published in books or recognized peer-reviewed journals, presented at academic conferences, and submitted to juried competitions. Our faculty guide students in their research projects, including a Scholars Program which fosters a culture of research among bachelor students.

Career

The Webster Geneva Career Service Office brings the employment community to campus (Corporations, NGOs, International Organizations, Recruiters) through events where a variety of professionals are invited to present, including Webster alumni working in local organizations. In recent years, 25+ non-profits, & 40+ companies & recruiters have come to the campus to meet students.

Career events are hosted each semester, and always include time for students to network. They are often themed around current issues and have been the key to students obtaining internships and jobs in media communications, banking, trading, marketing, and finance, as well as helping start careers in the UN or NGOs.

Services

Student services

The Webster Geneva campus has everything needed for students to live and learn, only an 8 minute train journey from the center of the city. 

Housing services

Webster University Geneva offers on-campus housing in Bellevue in our Living and Learning Center (LLC). Primarily reserved for new, incoming first-time freshmen and transfer students, rooms overlook either Lake Geneva & the Alps or the campus park. Those living here in their first year also benefit from a required 'room & board' plan, which gives a 10% discount on the cost of meals in our on-campus restaurant.

Returning students (2nd and 3rd year), study abroad students and master students have options at our center-city Geneva residence Les Berges. Located in the heart of Geneva along the Rhone River these rooms have a prime location in the city, and are just 15-20 minutes commute to campus by tram/train.

Library services

Webster University Geneva Library houses approximately 29,000 items selected to support the courses and research of students, faculty, staff and alumni. The library has a variety of study areas where students can work and research in calm, comfortable spaces. With assistance from professional and support staff, students can access collections comprising reference, periodical, media.

ICT services

The Information Technology Services Office at Webster University Geneva supports all infrastructure and technology use on campus. On the top floor of the Alps building are the two main computer labs where students have access to their personal accounts, printers, and scanners. 

Medical services

The Student Affairs and Residential Life Offices will help locate healthcare options for the community. Counseling Services are also offered free of charge for all students and staff affiliated with Webster University by our on campus counseling center.

Student Life

Campus life

The Webster University Geneva residential campus is located in a spacious, park-like setting within sight of Lake Geneva and the Alps. The Living and Learning Center, which is accessible to those living on campus and to those who commute, includes a student lounge and game area, plus a newly renovated fitness center.  The Alps and Jura buildings (named after the adjacent mountain ranges) are home to classrooms, the library, the cafeteria restaurant, learning center, media lab, and photo / music studios.

There is a local train station at the foot of campus with an 8-minute train to Geneva city-center (every 15 minutes).

Sports facilities

The campus has a fitness center and yoga studio in the lower floor of the living and learning center which is available to all students free of charge. The student football team competes locally and other sports groups including basketball and climbing clubs take place regularly near to the campus. In summer months students can swim in the lake with public beaches only five minutes walk away.

Student clubs

The campus has many groups and societies that form based on the interests of the current cohort of students. These are always open to all students with sign-ups available at each Fall & Spring orientation. They include everything from art, music & gaming to football, business, psychology & ecology. The two largest are the Webster Humanitarian Association, a student run NGO, and the Student Government Association which elects leaders each year to represent the student community.

Accreditation

Webster University carries full institutional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The HLC is the highest-level accrediting agency for universities based in the north-central region of the United States. Webster University has maintained this accreditation since 1925, and this institutional accreditation applies for all locations where the University offers programs, worldwide. Students at Webster University Geneva therefore earn the same degree that is awarded in the United States.Webster University is pleased to announce that in 2018 it has earned its re-accreditation from the HLC. This process included a site visit to the Geneva campus by a member of the HLC review team.

Genève, Genève, Switzerland

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