Family Life

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Combining your studies with family life poses additional challenges. You might also have to plan for additional expenses, including childcare or pre-school, as well as accomodation.

Visas and Residence Permits for Family Members

If members of your family are nationals of countries outside the European Union or the European Free Trade Association, they will also need a visa to enter Switzerland. Regardless of their nationality, they will have to get a residence permit upon arrival in Geneva. This residence permit might allow your spouse/partner to work while you are studying.

Support for Students with Families

One of our parent institutions, the University of Geneva, provides support for students with families. This includes daycare (crèche) facilities for pre-school children. However, please be aware that these services are in high demand and frequently have long waiting lists.

Relevant Information

Once you have been offered a place on one of our programmes, our Student Office can provide you with further information regarding family life while studying at the Geneva Academy, and the formalities for coming to Switzerland.


We offer scholarships to outstanding students who are unable to secure the funding required to cover tuition fees and/or the cost of living in Geneva.

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Career Opportunities

Our objective is to produce graduates who will be leaders in the humanitarian, human rights and transitional justice fields.

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Meet Us

We organize online information sessions for prospective students as well as for students who have been accepted to our programmes.

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Various accomodation options are available for our students. As Geneva has a reliable public transport system which extends to all parts of the city, and even to neighbouring towns in France, you do not necessarily need to live close to our campus.

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