International Relations

The worlds of art and design know no geographical borders, driven as they are by dialogue and diversity. Artists, designers and filmmakers are mobile and work in a globalised world. As such, HEAD – Genève structures its open-minded approach on its international teaching staff, exhibitions and transnational projects.  


HEAD – Genève promotes the students, teachers and researchers’ academic mobility and actively supports field trips and partnerships across the globe.

Reception hours of the International Relations Office: 
Monday from 11:00 to 13:00, in office 1.09, 1st floor, building E. 

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HEAD - Geneva has an extensive and diversified network of partner schools. Every year, about fifty students come to spend a semester at HEAD. A large part of these exchanges takes place within the framework of the Swiss European Mobility Program (SEMP). This program facilitates the admission of Swiss universities to the European program, in accordance with the activities of the Erasmus+ program. In total, HEAD cooperates with more than 110 universities worldwide.

The International relations office organizes these mobilities and ensures that the exchange semester runs smoothly. The team assists students arriving in Switzerland with their administrative procedures and practical everyday questions. It plans information sessions, events and French courses. It puts each NEWcomer in contact with a referent student, a HEADmate, to facilitate his/her integration into the school.

Fact Sheet 2021-22
Arrival in Geneva, practical information

International relations office



Mobility for an exchange semester
Bachelor and master students registered in HEAD – Genève, you have the opportunity to stay in one of our partner schools in Switzerland or abroad during your studies. For a period of one semester, these mobility stays are fully enrolled and validated in the study course and do not constitute an interruption of your studies.

General information session on international mobility for all BA and MA students: 
Monday 18 October 2021 at 6 pm, at the Cube, building H. 

Key dates for the academic year 2021-22: 

Submission of HEAD exchange application forms :
September 6-16, 2021, for exchanges in the spring semester 2022
From 28 February to 7 March 2022, for exchanges in the autumn semester 2022-23

Compulsory pre-departure sessions: 
14 December 2021, for exchanges in the spring semester 2022
28 June 2022, for exchanges in the autumn semester 2022-23


SEMP (Swiss Europen Mobility Program) Mobility for the teaching team
Teachers and members of the administrative team at HEAD – Genève have the possibility of receiving grants for education and further training. These grants are awarded to co-workers in mobility in Erasmus partner schools, which HEAD – Genève has signed a SEMP contract with. Members of the teaching and administrative team with a mobility project in Europe are kindly asked to contact the department of international relations.


Internships abroad
Students doing ECTS-credit-bearing internships in companies abroad are eligible to apply for a mobility grant if the internships meet the following conditions:
- The application for a mobility grant is made before the placement.
- The traineeship lasts at least 2 full months (e.g. 01.06. to 01.08.) for traineeships in SEMP/Erasmus+ countries.
- The traineeship lasts at least 4 weeks for traineeships in non-European countries.

The organisation of the work placement is the responsibility of the students in collaboration with the respective course of study. 
An information session on internship mobilities takes place every year in November and is organised by the respective programme.