With classes at the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and directed research at the CERN Laboratory, straddling the French/Swiss border just outside of Geneva, students will work with the world’s leading physicists to explore the universe on the level of its most basic constituent particles.

The first six weeks of the program will be dedicated to an intensive French language course, the Undergraduate Physics Seminar, and a non-credit-bearing introduction to CERN. When the UNIGE semester begins in mid-February, students will enroll in two UNIGE physics courses as well as a directed study at CERN.

  • Must be an upper-division physics major
  • Minimum of two semesters of college-level French or the equivalent
  • Courses carry prerequisites
  • Admissions requirements for all programs
The first six weeks of the program will be dedicated to an intensive French language course, the Undergraduate Physics Seminar, and a non-credit-bearing introduction to CERN. When the UNIGE semester begins in mid-February, students will enroll in two UNIGE courses (typically Electrodynamics II and Quantum Mechanics I). Students may enroll in other UNIGE courses with prior approval from their academic advisor or home institution.

Study at CERN under the guidance of a CERN mentor who will assist you in finding a team to work with and will also grade your project.

Required Courses

Students are required to take the following courses:

  • Intensive French (4 credits)
  • CAS PY 482 Undergraduate Physics Seminar on Computation for Experimental Particle Physics (2)
    • CAS PY 482 may be taken multiple times for credit.
    • An introduction to ROOT computing, as well as an in-depth examination at an undergraduate level of an area of current physics research. Topics cover areas of contemporary interest and vary from year to year; possible areas include general relativity, particle physics, biophysics, and superconductivity.
    • Syllabus
  • Electrodynamics II (4)
    • Prerequisite: CAS PY 405: Electromagnetic Fields and Waves I or the equivalent.
    • This course is equivalent to Boston University CAS PY 406, Electromagnetic Fields and Waves. Taught in French with weekly English discussion section.
  • Quantum Mechanics I (4)
    • Prerequisites: CAS PY 351 Modern Physics I and CAS PY 355 Methods of Theoretical Physics or the equivalent.
    • This course is equivalent to Boston University CAS PY 451, Quantum Physics I. Taught in French with weekly English discussion section.
  • CAS PY 392 Directed Study at CERN (4)
    • Intensive study of one aspect of physics under the supervision of a faculty member.

For information on courses conducted by the University of Geneva follow the link below and select “Section de Physique”, then click “Rechercher”.

http://cms.unige.ch/sciences/physique/

The Global Learning Experience: An Online Course

Students in all Fall and Spring programs have the opportunity to enroll in The Global Learning Experience at no additional cost.

  • CAS IP101: The Global Learning Experience (1 credit)
    • All program participants have the opportunity to make the most of their semester abroad with The Global Learning Experience, a self-paced, Pass/Fail course with brief readings and experiential assignments that accompany them while living and studying in a country and culture different from their own. Students post their work, experiences and observations to an online platform to trace and articulate their achievements abroad from an academic, personal and professional standpoint. The course links students with the faculty instructors as well as peers studying on other BU Study Abroad programs around the world. Students earn one credit in addition to the total program credits mentioned below at no additional cost.
Program Residence

  • Double or triple rooms with shared bathrooms.
  • Shared, fully equipped kitchen.
  • No dining hall; however, continental breakfast provided during weekdays.
  • Laundry in BU residence.
  • Common study and recreational space at BU residence.
  • Spring Semester: mid-January to early July

Please note: This program is only offered during the spring semester.

  • Spring Semester: September 15

Given visa restrictions, serious candidates for the spring semester Geneva Physics Program are strongly advised to apply by September 15. Although we will continue to accept applications up to September 30 or until the program is full, preference will be given to qualified candidates who submit their applications on or before September 15.