Facilities, Support and IT

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Student Office

Our Student Office is open to our students, but with schedule appointments only – for both students who are in Geneva and those who could not yet travel to Switzerland. Students can also continue to contact the staff in the Student Office by email.

Libraries

Workspaces in the libraries of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Graduate Institute) and of the University of Geneva (UNIGE) are accessible to our students – access is however limited in order to observe social distancing in all parts of the libraries.

For the Graduate Institute’s Library, students will have to show their Graduate Institute student card to enter the building. The websites of the Graduate Institute provides information about working hours, loan, the scan of documents, or reservation of working places.

For the Law Library at the University of Geneva (Uni Mail), students will also have to show their UNIGE student card to access the premises. The UNIGE website provides information about working hours, loan or reservation of working places. It also gives real-time information about the level of occupancy of the library.

Cafeterias

The cafeterias of the Graduate Institute and of UNIGE are open again to the public.

At the Maison de la Paix cafeteria (Graduate Institute), students can use their student card for payment and benefit from a 15 percent discount on the normal price of dishes and receive a 30 percent discount on drinks. A machine to load it with credit is available at the entrance's exterior.

At the UNIGE cafeterias, our students benefit – by presenting their UNIGE card – from reduced prices for two daily dishes at 8,90 and 10 Swiss Francs.

IT Facilities

We are using a Zoom Education Account for the online courses of our programmes. This means that only our students will be able to join the classes via a secured connection without external interferences. For more information about privacy and security related to Zoom, you can consult our Privacy Policy.

Our classrooms (at Villa Moynier, Maison de la Paix, Uni Mail and Rothschild) have been equipped to ensure the best learning experience, whether in Geneva or online.

Our teaching assistants have been trained on the use of these materials and will help teachers to moderate the discussions and interactions among students in Geneva and online.

Our students have access, via the Geneva Academy, to a Pro Zoom account they can use to connect to classes and to organize revisions and discussion with their peers.

To follow online courses, students will need the following IT facilities at home:

  • A laptop or desktop computer (Windows/Mac/Linux), preferably not more than two years old, with a modern and updated operating system and browser (preferably Chrome or Firefox)
  • Plenty of storage space, either on your computer or via an online or external drive
  • A stable internet connection that is not shared with too many housemates.
  • A good camera and microphone, either integrated in your computer or a separate webcam and headset.

IT Support

Our IT team is available to provide support to students having trouble to connect to classes or tutorials.

The IT team also developed a series of tutorials and short videos for students, explaining how to create a Pro Zoom account via the Geneva Academy, how to read e-books from the Graduate Institute Library and much more.

Moodle

Students have access to all the information about their programme (Student Guide, Curriculum, Professors, Course Schedule, Tutorials, Recordings, etc.), life at the Geneva Academy (campus, sports and cultural activities, IT and logistics, etc.) on Moodle, conceived as a one-stop platform that regroups all the relevant information.

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