University of Geneva

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The University of Geneva (French: Université de Genève) is a public research university located in Geneva, Switzerland. It was founded in 1559 by John Calvin as a theological seminary and law school. It remained focused on theology until the 17th century, when it became a center for Enlightenment scholarship. In 1873, it dropped its religious affiliations and became officially secular. Today, the university is the second-largest university in Switzerland by number of students. In 2009, the University of Geneva celebrated the 450th anniversary of its founding. At least 40% of the students come from foreign countries.

UNIGE has academic research and development programs in various fields that are represented through various faculties such as:

Faculty of Sciences
Faculty of Medicine
Faculty of Humanities
Faculty Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM)
Faculty Geneva School of Social Sciences (G3S)
Faculty of Law (Geneva Law School)
Faculty of Protestant Theology
Faculty of Psychology and Education
Faculty of Translation and Interpreting
The university holds and actively pursues teaching, research, and community service as its primary objectives. In 2015, it was ranked 58th worldwide by the Shanghai ranking. In 2011, it was ranked 73rd worldwide by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, and 69th in the QS World University Rankings.

UNIGE is a member of the League of European Research Universities (including academic institutions such as Amsterdam, Cambridge, Heidelberg, Helsinki and Milan) the Coimbra Group and the European University Association.

Research and Teaching Institution


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Université de Genève
24 rue du Général-Dufour
CH - 1211 Genève 4

T. +41 (0)22 - 379 71 11
F. +41 (0)22 - 379 11 34


24 rue du Général-Dufour - 1211 Genève 4
Uni Dufour (2e étage) bureau 222
T. +41 (0)22 - 379 71 11
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24 rue du Général-Dufour - 1211 Genève 4
T. +41 (0)22 - 379 75 25
F. +41 (0)22 - 379 11 80

24 rue du Général-Dufour - 1211 Genève 4
T. +41 (0)22 - 379 77 17
F. +41 (0)22 - 379 77 29