Packing & Housing

What to bring

Whether food or amenities, Geneva is VERY expensive! The following are a list of items that are particularly expensive- you might want to consider bringing your own!

Clothes: One or two “suits” or more formal attire, for your first day onsite, the program reception, etc. Most of the time you can dress “business casual” for your internship and course. Even though it is summer, it can get colder at night. A light to mid-weight jacket is recommended.

  • Program housing will provide bed linens,  and blankets, but you may want to bring a bath towel.
  • Disposable contacts and contact solution
  • Cough drops, vitamins, and over-the-counter medications
  • Shampoo/toiletries/mini-first aid kit
  • If you take any medication/s, be sure to bring it on your carry-on (and bring your prescription as well)
  • Swim suit, sunglasses, and good walking shoes for evenings and weekend get-aways
  • Umbrella and other rain gear (spring and early summer can be very wet here)
  • Small easy-to-pack food items that you can’t live without: packets of instant oatmeal, noodles, cereal, splenda, peanut butter, power bars – etc.

Electronics & Adaptors

Laptops: Many places, including program housing, provide wifi access but it can sometimes be unreliable.

Adapters/ Converters: Most modern electronic appliances (laptops, cell phone chargers, ipod chargers, etc) only need a plug adapter to use abroad.

Too see a picture of a Swiss Plug Adapter, Click here.

You can usually by plug adapters in the international terminal of most airports. Some appliances (especially hairdryers!) need a converter which is much more expensive. I might recommend buying these appliances there!


It’s no secret that one of the biggest challenges in Geneva is finding affordable, short-term housing. The rate of available housing in Geneva is about 2 per 1000. Rents are therefore high and finding somewhere to live is very difficult. We therefore strongly urge you to have a firm commitment for accommodation before you arrive.

A late end to the university schedule (Geneva college students finish in June) and the flush of summer interns mean that the supply is low and the demand is high.





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