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Kent State - Geneva Internship Semester
At Kent State Geneva, the concept of an international education becomes reality, as 670 students from over 90 countries come together in a community of learners engaged by a faculty representing 25 nations.
From your first day on campus, you will find that there is personalized attention to students, with small classes and direct interaction with professors. Our Library, Writing Center, and Career Services Office are available to assist you and help you to fulfill your academic potential and pre-professional goals.
Our academic facilities are modern, attractive and well-equipped. While students will reside in an off-campus housing facility, Les Berges du Rhone, we have a cafeteria, fitness room, study rooms, and other excellent recreational facilities all located on campus.
Kent State Geneva’s location will add further dimensions to your education. Geneva is home to the United Nations and other major international organizations, numerous multi-national corporations and a vibrant financial and trading center. These organizations and other cultural institutions can provide you with additional opportunities to augment your learning outside the classroom.
Languages of Instruction
Fall 2018: Late August to mid-December
Spring 2019: January to May
All dates are tentative and may change. Kent State will alert all accepted students of final dates.
To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:
- Good academic and judicial standing during time of application AND time of participation in program
- Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at Lake Forest College AND have second-semester sophomore status or higher before participation. (Transfer students may participate after the first semester on campus) Junior status or higher is strongly preferred.
- At least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date.
- Be able to stay at the host program for the duration of the semester, including through the exam and travel periods.
- Minimum GPA of 3.2
From your first day on campus, you will find that this university provides personalized attention to its students, with small classes and direct interaction with professors.
Courses at Kent State Geneva are offered in the following academic disciplines:
- Business & Management
- International Relations/Political Science
- Media Communications
- Computer Science
- History/European Studies
- Photography & Design
- Internship Program
Courses are subject to change, and each term new courses may be added or substituted. Students are required to enroll in and maintain enrollment in a minimum of 12 semester credit hours. Registration for classes will take place prior to departure with the assistance of the Kent State University Office of Global Education. It is essential to consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection, and it is recommended that students obtain transient credit approval for at least five to six courses in case first choices do not end up being available. As with any university course offerings, there is a possibility of course cancellation due to low enrollment or other curriculum changes.
the past and current course offerings/schedules may be viewed by visiting Webster University’s website.
Most courses are available for a recommended 3 or 4 credits. Classes are taught from Monday to Friday. All courses are taught in English unless otherwise stated.
Though letter grades will appear on the Lake Forest transcript, they will not factor into a student’s GPA except in calculations of honors or the Dean’s List. Students must take a minimum of 15 credit hours to obtain the equivalent of 4 Lake Forest College credits.
Check to see if your department has pre-approved courses here. If not, don’t worry. You can work with your advisor.
During the course of your semester program, you can work with an NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) or Non-Profit in downtown Geneva. These are unpaid internships that will require equal time spent in class and working for the internship. A corresponding internship course will meet every other week for a group discussion. Students in an internship will enroll in at least 12 credit hours of course work in addition to spending 15 hours per week at the internship. The internship program is a challenging and rewarding experience, and although the internship placements are unpaid, academic credit is awarded upon successful completion of the internship and Internship Seminar course.
Students will have a wider array of internship placement options if they have an intermediate to advanced level of French proficiency, and can certainly select a French-speaking only placement if their proficiency level is appropriate.
Possible Internship Organizations
- Centre for Socio-Economic Development (CSEND)
- Defense for Children International (DFC)
- Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD)
- Global Hope Network International (GHNI)
- International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)
- Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)
- Plan International
- Save the Children
- Shelter Centre
- The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Tobacco Free Initiative (part of WHO)
- World Vision (WV)
- World Young Women’s Christian Association (WYWCA)
Internships are competitive, and not guaranteed. Students will work with the Kent State internship coordinator to prepare application materials.
In addition to the social activities, events and city tours provided during the semester orientation, students have the opportunity to engage in a host of activities and campus clubs/organizations. Whether you are interested in academic or cultural programming, a language exchange, athletics, or theatrical/artistic events - there’s something for everyone! The Student Services Office is there for you during your entire stay and will work hard to help you find your niche and personal community on campus. When it comes to studying abroad, you get out of it what you put into it – so be involved!
Your university experience will be much more than just classes. The Webster community plans and organizes a wide range of events and activities to entertain, inform, and challenge you … from movie nights, parties, and ski trips to leadership retreats and debates.
Also, students and faculty work together to deliver high-profile conferences, workshops, and forums. You will have many opportunities to make friends, meet experts and develop your professional network.
Housing and Meals
As a participant in the KSU Geneva program, you will stay in the Les Berges du Rhône housing facility, located in the center of Geneva on the banks of the Rhone River. The Les Berges du Rhone residence facility houses 118 students in double or single rooms -subject to availability. All units are fully furnished and include linens, a small bathroom towel, cutlery and cooking utensils, study table, and other amenities. Depending upon the unit, your apartment/studio will either have a private kitchenette or a communal kitchen on the floor. You will be responsible for purchasing your own food while abroad and may certainly visit the on-campus cafeteria (operated by a French chef!).
Les Berges du Rhone Housing Facility Amenities:
- Wireless Internet access
- Handicap access
- Coin-operated laundry facilities
- Student lounge
- Excellent access to public transportation - 2-minute walk to the bus stop!
- Security cameras and security night guard
- Nearby jogging path
- Three Assistant Resident Coordinators
- On-location Residential Life Office
For more information and images of the Les Berges du Rhone facility, please review the Housing Guide.
For all approved programs for guaranteed financial aid transferability, students pay their Lake Forest College tuition plus a program fee. The program fee for the Geneva Internship Semester program includes orientation, on-site director, university fees, and housing. Students will be assisted in purchasing insurance for Switzerland; it is required by the government. In addition, meals are not included.
Here is an estimated budget for your Fall 2018 program:
Lake Forest College Tuition
Program fee (estimated)
Program Deposit (credit)
Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College
Program Deposit (non-refundable)
Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, books, supplies, personal expenses, additional travel etc.)
Total Out-of-Pocket Expenses
Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of March 2017. We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.
Deposits to other programs, if required, will appear as a credit on your study abroad term bill.
Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate.
Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.
Do check your student account on My.Lakeforest for your aid awards, as much of this will go with you. If you want to compare your program to the cost of being on campus, those numbers can be found here: https://www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/tuition/fees.php
You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.