International Relations

With strong roots in the international art and design community, HEAD – Genève has built a wide network of partners around the world. While exhibitions abroad and participation at events such as Milan's Salone del Mobile, Hong Kong's Watch Week or Berlin's Berlinale enhance its international reputation, the school also encourages mobility among both students and educational staff.

Based in the heart of the international city of Geneva, HEAD – Genève offers cross-border workshops, residencies and teaching programmes to give its students an open outlook onto a globalised workplace and an awareness of current and future changes. In the same vein, the school welcomes countless speakers, lecturers and students from all over the planet. By working in partnership with schools and organisations around the world, it offers its students the chance to take part in exchanges.


As an integral part of learning, educational exchanges provide an opportunity for meeting and discovery in different cultural environments. HEAD – Genève financially supports students participating in these experiences, which it believes are an invaluable part of the learning process. By providing mobility grants, the school encourages every bachelor's and master's student to embark on an experience abroad.

While studying at a partner school or completing an internship, students can follow a different teaching programme, work in a new cultural environment, and grow their personal, professional and creative networks internationally. Studies completed as part of the mobility programme count towards a student's degree course at HEAD – Genève. Every year, many students study at partner schools in over 20 countries. 

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Bachelor and master students registered in our partner schools, you are welcome to apply for an exchange study period at HEAD – Genève. Ask to the International relations coordinator of your university the link to our online application. 

Application deadline for Fall term 2019-20: 
15 to 30 April 2019 

Application deadline for Spring term 2019-20: 
21 October to 8 November 2019 


Exchange Students, you will enjoy among others the following benefits at HEAD – Genève:
- Mobility grants ranging from CHF 1'900.- to CHF 2'200.- per semester for students from partner schools taking part in the Swiss-European Mobility Programme/Erasmus+.
- You are integrated in the chosen teaching programs, giving you access to all the technical workshops and infrastructure of HEAD – Genève.
- French courses (3 ECTS credits)
- A pleasant living environment in an international city with a rich cultural life.

Exchange at HEAD – Genève, 2019-2020 
Arrival in Geneva, practical information


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.

Exchange program, Academic year 2019-2020

Fall 2019 semester Departure -  Mandatory Information session about getting ready for departure > for nominated students only 

Monday 3rd of June 2019, HEAD, James Fazy 15, room R10, 6pm


Spring semester 2020 - Mandatory information session on Preparation of your application, for students interested in an exchange in Spring 2020

Monday, May 27th, 2019, HEAD, James Fazy 15, Auditorium R36 at 6pm


The application form is handed in personally at the Office of International Relations

!! Reception days of applications have changed !! 

  • Friday, September 13
  • Tuesday, September 17
  • Thursday, September 19
  • Friday, September 20

from 10:00 to 12:00 in person, HEAD, Bldg. E, 5 ave de Châtelaine, Office 1.09

Application Form to apply for an exchange OUT in Spring 2020


Spring 2020 semester Departure -  Mandatory Information session about getting ready for departure > for nominated students only 

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019, place and time to be confirmed


Mobility for an internship
Students enrolled in internships abroad that enable to get ECTS credits have to the possibility to apply for a mobility grant, under the following conditions:
- the application is completed before the start of the internship
- the internship lasts at least 2 full months (eg. 01.06 to 01.08) for internships within the Swiss-European Mobility Programme/Erasmus+ area.
- the internship lasts at least 4 weeks for internships in the countries outside the Swiss-European Mobility Programme/Erasmus+ area.

The organisation of the internship is the student responsibility in collaboration with its respective department. Students are invited to contact Anne-Laure Beuret to complete the documents required to process the grant application.


Mobility Grant for exchange students & internship OUT


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 partner schools, which HEAD – Genève has signed a bilateral contract with. Members of the teaching and administrative team with a mobility project are kindly asked to contact the department of international relations.

Partner Schools



Buenos Aires Universidad del Cine, (Cinema)


Wien Akademie der Bildenden Künste, (Fine Arts)


Antwerp Artesis Plantijn Royal Academy of Fine Arts
Bruxelles École nationale supérieure des arts visuels de La Cambre (CERCCO)
Bruxelles Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts (Fine Arts)
Bruxelles École de recherche graphique (Fine Arts, Visual Communication)
Bruxelles École supérieure des arts de Saint-Luc (Design)
Bruxelles RITS School for audiovisual and performing arts-techniques, Erasmus Hogeschool Brussel (Cinema)


Rio de Janeiro Pontifìcia Universidade Catolica 
Rio de Janeiro Centro de Tecnologia da Industria Quimica e Textil SENAI/CETIQT  (Fashion Design)


Montreal Université de Montréal (Interior Architecture)
Montreal Université du Québec à Montréal
Montreal Concordia University (Cinema)


Hong Kong Design Institute  HKDI (Design)

Beijing Tsinghua University (Academy of Arts & Design)


Seoul Korea National University of Arts

Czech Republic

Prague Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts (Cinema)


Copenhagen The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Visual Art 
Copenhagen The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design 
Kolding Design School Kolding


Tallinn Estonian Academy of Arts


Lappeenranta Saimaa University of Applied Sciences (Design)
Tampere University of Applied Sciences (Fine Arts and Design)


Arles École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie
Besançon Institut Supérieur des Beaux-Arts 
Grenoble Valence École Supérieure d’Art et Design (Fine Arts and Visual Communication)
Marseille École Supérieure d’Art et de Design Marseille-Méditerranée 
Nice Villa Arson (Fine Arts)
Paris École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (Design)
Paris École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts (Fine Arts)
Paris École Nationale Supérieure Louis - Lumière (Cinema)
Paris Ecoles BJOP
Paris-Cergy École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts
Saint-Etienne École Supérieure d’Art et Design
Strasbourg-Mulhouse Haute école des arts du Rhin HEAR


Tiblissi State Academy of Art


Berlin Weissensee Kunsthochschule

Berlin International University of Applied Sciences (ex-BAU Intl Berlin)
Bremen Hochschule für Künste
Halle Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule
Hamburg Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften
Karlsruhe Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste (Fine Arts)
Kassel Kunsthochschule
Kiel Muthesius Kunsthochschule
Leipzig Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst / Academy of Visual Arts
München Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film HFF (Cinema, non SEMP)
Münster Kunstakademie (Fine Arts)
Pforzheim Hochschule (Design)
Trier Hochschule (Design)
Weimar Bauhaus-Universität


Budapest Moholoy-Nagy University of Art and Design MOME


Bangalore National Institute of Design (Game Design)


Dublin National College of Arts and Design


Reykjavik Iceland Academy of the Arts


Jerusalem Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design
Tel Aviv Shenkar College of engineering and design (Design)


Bologna Accademia di Belle Arti (Fine Arts)
Milano Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera (Fine Arts)
Milano Politecnico (Design)


Kyoto Institue of Technology KIT (Interior Architecture)

Kyoto University of Art and Design



Beyrouth Académie Libanaise des Beaux Arts, Ecole de Cinéma et de Réalisation Audiovisuelle  (Cinema)


Mexico Escuela Nacional de Pintura Escultura y Grabado “La Esmeralda” (Fine Arts)


Pavillon Bosio, École supérieure d’arts plastiques de la Ville de Monaco (CERCCO)


Bergen University (Faculty of Fine Arts, Music and Design)


Amsterdam Fashion Institute (Fashion Design)
Arnhem ArtEZ Institute of the Arts  (Fine Arts)
Rotterdam Willem de Kooning Academy 

New Zealand

Dunedin Otago Polytechnic


Lodz Academy of Fine Arts
Wroclaw Academy of Fine arts


Lisboa Instituto Politécnico - Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema (Cinema)


Bucharest National University of Arts 
Cluj-Napoca University of Art and Design 




Belgrade University of Arts


Bratislava Academy of Fine Arts and Design 


Barcelona BAU Centro Universitario de Diseno (Design)
Barcelona Escola Massana, Centre d’Art i Disseny
Barcelona ESDI Escola Superior de Disseny, Universitat Ramonn Llull
Madrid Universidad Complutense (Fine Arts)


Malmö Art Academy, Lund University (Fine Arts)
Stockholm Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design 
Stockholm Royal Institute of Art (Arts visuels)


Zürich Zürcher Hochschule der Künste
Luzern Hochschule

United Kingdom

Falmouth University 
London Camberwell College of Art, University of the Arts London (Fine Arts)
London Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London (Jewelry Design)
Londres Kingston University (Design)
London  London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London
Nottingham Trent University
Sheffield Hallam University

United States

New York School of Visual Arts
San Francisco California College of the Arts 
Providence Rhode Island School of Design




HEAD –  Genève is a member of several professional federations that help to enhance its international reputation and network.

International Association of Independent Art and Design Schools
Centre international de liaison des écoles de cinéma et de télévision
The European League of Institutes of the Arts


Fieldwork : Marfa Artist Residency

Fieldwork: Marfa is the joint project of two major European art schools, ESBA Nantes Métropole and HEAD-Genève. This international researcher-in-residence program is dedicated to the practice of art in public space, critical approaches to landscape and artistic projects based on field investigation methods. Residents are selected on the basis of the singularity of specific projects they present.

Fieldwork: Marfa caters to emerging artists, curators and/or researchers whose projects require immersion into the specific environment of Marfa and Texas territory, and encourages the development of experimental research methods, diverse modes of inquiries and fieldwork practices.

Fieldwork: Marfa is an inter-school research group that provides a framework for the incursions and endeavors of researchers-in-residence. The work itself fuels various joint projects, in the form of an ongoing annual program based on the participants’ residency schedules:

  • A series of workshops and symposia alternating between the three schools, including working sessions;
  • A schedule of meetings based on the research projects, held on home ground, in Marfa;
  • An editorial and communication program showcasing the contributions or reports from various researchers, students or occasional guests.

The Fieldwork: Marfa research program is based on a one-year academic cycle. This period, during which researchers develop their own personal projects, is punctuated by a number of pre-planned milestones:

  • A two-month residency period in Marfa followed by a public presentation of their ongoing research at the Fieldwork: Marfa gallery;
  • A feedback period, during which the residents continue their work and present their research through the organization of seminars and workshops, meetings with teachers and students from partner schools and guest participants.
  • The Fieldwork: Marfa annual meeting, held during the month of October in Marfa, invite hand-selected outside speakers to share their research and work through the issues raised through the year of the residency program.
  • An online publication is constructed with the researcher-in-residence throughout the year. The editorial object is thought less as a report of the residency experience than as an extension of it.
  • On the website are published a series of texts, video-portaits, various documents, and contributions by experts and guests participants showcasing research outputs and developments.

The rest of the time, the researchers-in-residence are remotely but personally in touch with one of the research directors at at ESBA Nantes Métropole, or HEAD-Genève.

2016.06.01The Annex, Crash Magazine