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  • Locations: Geneva, Switzerland
  • See instructions below in Dates/Deadlines section

    Program Terms:
    Spring Semester
  • Program Director: Schedule an Appointment
  • Restrictions: Notre Dame applicants only
  • Expenses students are responsible for: Spring Semester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

You MUST choose your FIRST PREFERENCE SEMESTER when applying.

DO NOT apply to the same program for different terms. You will be able to indicate your openness to alternate semesters within the application questionnaire.

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Direct Enroll Recommended GPA: 3.0
Housing Options: Dormitory Language Prerequisite: 2 semesters of college French with a grade of ‘B’ or better
Language of Instruction: English, French Class Level While Abroad: Junior Only
Language Courses Offered: Yes Program Director: Christiane Buessard
Eligible Majors: Physics Program Required Approvals: Advising Dean Approval, DUS Approval
Program Required References: Academic Reference, Language Reference
Program Information:


Situated on the banks of Lake Geneva, the largest Alpine lake in Europe, Geneva is a thriving city that is home to over two hundred international organizations including CARE International, the World Health Organization, and the European headquarters of the United Nations. The city displays its strong French influence, but also boasts its Italian and German influences as well. This international atmosphere is represented in its dining, entertainment, and cultural activities.

Program Dates*
Spring Semester: Mid-January through late June/early July

*Please take program dates into consideration and how they may coincide or conflict with internship and other academic requirements.

Academic Program
Through Boston University’s Geneva-Physics program, qualified students have the opportunity to study at the world’s leading center for advanced research in particle physics. This program combines upper level coursework in quantum physics and electrodynamics at the University of Geneva (UNIGE), with directed research at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

The first six weeks of the program will be dedicated to an intensive French language course, an introduction to CERN, and a brief course in Root computing. When the UNIGE semester begins in mid-February, students will enroll in the two UNIGE courses as well as the CERN directed research course.

Upon successful completion of the program students earn 16 university credits. Courses completed on the Geneva program will be entered on the student's Notre Dame transcript and grades will be computed into the Notre Dame grade point average.

Required Courses include:
  • Intensive French
  • Electrodynamics II--will be taught in French, with a separate discussion section in English held weekly. Texts are in English.
  • Quantum Mechanics I--will be taught in French, with a separate discussion section in English held weekly. Texts are in English.
  • Directed Study for Juniors--intensive study of one aspect of physics under the supervision of a faculty member.

The qualified candidate must be an upper level Physics major with a minimum of two semesters of college-level French or the equivalent. 
Please note that this is a competitive program with a limited number of spaces.

Housing and Meals
Students are housed in a newly renovated student residence hall centrally located in town. It is located on a street adjacent to Lake Geneva and only a few blocks from the main classroom/administrative building of the program. The residence is a former hotel which has been renovated to accommodate students in a dormitory-style set-up. Participants of the program are placed in doubles or triples and share bathrooms. Rooms are completely furnished. Wireless Internet access is available throughout the building. A light breakfast is provided each weekday morning. There are also communal kitchens on each floor. Sheets and basic cooking utensils will be provided. Access to public transportation, which extends to all parts of the city, is close to the facility. A living allowance provided by Study Abroad will help to partially defray some of the costs of housing and boarding costs incurred on this program.

If you are considering applying to a study abroad program and you do not have a valid passport, or your passport will expire within six months past your program end date, please take steps to obtain or renew your passport immediately. Passports can take longer than expected to process, and you may need your passport to apply for visas well before your program begins. For more information about obtaining and renewing passports visit the United States Postal Service.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.