Haute Ecole de Gestion Genève

Haute Ecole de Gestion Genève is a private institution in Geneva, Switzerland – ‘the world’s eighth most important financial centre’. It provides business programmes that focus on practice rather than theory. It is a small, private institution with individualised attention.

Located in the heart of Europe, the Haute école de gestion de Genève (HEG-Genève) is a member of the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HES-SO).

With academic programs in Information Science, Business Administration, Information Systems and International Business Management, HEG-Geneva has a regional and international dimension opening broad perspectives. The school is strongly driven by a culture of innovation, sustainable development and multiculturalism.

Thanks to collaborations with local businesses and government agencies, teaching combines classroom knowledge with actual practical work, and meets the needs of the professional world.

The Center for Applied Research in Management (CRAG) of the HEG-Genève is founding member of the Swiss Institute of Science Service. The CRAG provides expertise and knowledge to offer a comprehensive and multidisciplinary answer to problems found in businesses and local authorities.

Campus facilities

The HEG Geneva is located in the Campus of Battelle, in upper Carouge, a nice municipality of Geneva.

The Campus is composed of several buildings. Currently the HEG Geneva has its offices, classes, library and IT rooms in the buildings C and F.

Academic calendar

Autumn Semester: Mid-September to end of January

Spring Semester: End of February to mid-June

Have a look at the academic calendar for more details.

Academic life

The language level recommended to study at HEG in French is B2.

In Switzerland, usually a 6-point grading scale, where 6 represents the highest grade and 1 the lowest possible one.

  • 6 (excellent) is the best possible grade. (100%)
  • 5.5 (very good)
  • 5 (good)
  • 4.5 (satisfactory)
  • 4 (sufficient)
  • 3 (insufficient)
  • 2 (poor)
  • 1 (very poor)
  • 0 (cheating or paper non submitted/exam non attended without a valid reason)

Exchange students can take the following French language courses at HEG:

Course title

ECTS Credits

French level 1 (B2)


French level 3 (C1)



Please contact your Head of Programme or Academic Advisor for more details

Passing requirements

Please contact your Head of Programme or Academic Advisor for more details

Disability provisions

Support services include:

  • wheelchair accessible classrooms

  • counselling offer 

For more information contact the International Office. Also see http://www.hesge.ch/heg/en/studying-heg/international-exchanges


Life on campus
AE-HEG (Association of Students) offers students many activities(Welcome Party, Evening All Style, BBQ, etc.

AE-HEG, in collaboration with the leadership of the HEG, works in the interest of students and seeks to enhance the training in professional circles.

Living in Geneva
Geneva's canton spreads out on 282 km2. It is surrounded by the French territory and situated between the Alps and the Jura mountains. Geneva is at the extremity of the famous "Lac Leman" which is internationally renowned for its "fountain". Geneva has a geographic privileged of having all biggest European cities like London, Barcelona, Rome, Paris, Milan and Amsterdam one hour by plane from it.

In fact, Geneva is a real melting pot city counting 185,000 inhabitants of which 40% are foreigners with over 160 different nationalities. Geneva is one of the most secure cities in the world according to "City Mayors Environment" website page.

It hosts approximately 200 international organisations, governmental or none governmental; the United Nations (UN), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Health Organization (WHO and many more. Geneva also has one of the most important economy market platforms and is chosen by many multinationals for their headquarters.

Furthermore, Geneva is one of the main cities of world congress. It welcomes great exchanges thanks to its open-minded spirit and perception of the world surrounding it. The city is alive during the whole year round. It presents many different enjoyable activities in sports (the Escalade race, the Davis Cup, skiing trips to Verbier, Crans-Montana or Zermatt), music and film festivals (Montreux Jazz Festival, Paleo Festival) and various fairs, exhibitions and cultural events.

You can visit the following website for more information:

The Geneva Cointrin International Airport is connected to main cities in Switzerland and France such as Paris and Marseille by the French railway network SNCF or the Swiss Network (SBB-CFF-FFS).

In the city, you can use the bus, tram and trolleybus provided by the Public Transports (TPG). It covers most of the municipalities of the Canton.

You can also take the boat to link two banks of the lake or to go a bit further to other Swiss cities such as Thonon, Evian or Nyon.

Taxis are hard to find and you may need to book one in advance especially at peak hours.

In the summer many people enjoy swimming in the lake. The nearby mountains are subject to substantial snowfall and are usually suitable for skiing.Ice storms near Lac Léman are quite normal in the winter.


The HEG-Geneva University of Applied Sciences doesn’t have on campus accommodation.

It is advised to start looking for a room or apartment as soon as possible.

Have a look at this link for more information.


Cost of living

HEG suggests:

  • Accommodation: from CHF 600.- to CHF to 800.-

  • Food: CHF 300.-

  • Other charges: CHF 300.- (health insurance, transports, etc.)

Switzerland is ranked the 4th most expensive place to live in Mercer’s 2009 Cost of Living survey.
Per month:

  • Rent for 1-room apartment: about CHF 600

  • Rent for a room in a shared apartment: about CHF 400 to 500

  • Utilities (electricity and others): about CHF 500

  • Radio and TV fees: about CHF 40

  • Telephone (basic rate): about CHF 25

  • Costs for public transport: about CHF 50

  • Car parking in the garage: about CHF 150


  • Residence permit for foreign students : about CHF 70

  • Health insurance (mandatory): about CHF 2400

  • Study-associated costs (books, …) : about CHF 1300


Students allocated to HEG will be sent application pack information one semester before the SPA is due to take place.

Health Insurance  

You must provide evidence of having an appropriate health insurance. This is usually required at the time of submitting your application.

If you come from an EU country, remember to apply for a European health insurance card (EHIC) before leaving.


Visa requirements

Applicants from all non EU countries:
You must apply for a visa at the Swiss embassy or consulate general) about 4 months before your departure.

Once your application is done, please send by post to the cantonal population office (OCP) of Geneva the first page of the documents below:

  • The Application form M

The OCP will analyse your request and will allow the consulate to issue your visa.
Once in Geneva, you have 14 days to send by post to the OCP the documents below:

  • The other pages of the forms mentioned above with all the enclosures.

  • A copy of your visa and of your passport.

For more information, have a look at this website.

Upon your arrival in Switzerland, you are required to register at the Residents' Registration Office (Office cantonal de la population) within 14 days in order to ask for a residence permit. It takes several weeks for the permit to be issued. For further instructions please visit the link below:


EU/EFTA students are not required to apply for a student visa. However, a residence permit is needed. These students may send their permit request by post to the Residents' Registration Office (OCP).

The above information is for your information only. It is the student’s responsibility to make all arrangements for the student visa.






Please note: The information on this page is accurate at the time of publishing. Some details have been sourced from external websites.




Country: Switzerland
Language of tuition: English,French
Level of study: Undergraduate
Partner type: Erasmus+ exchange

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