About Geneva


Geneva, this multi-faceted city of humane dimensions, has all a metropolis can offer. Everything you need to know about Geneva is here:

Population of the Canton of Geneva: 457’628
Population of Switzerland: 8.04 million
Area of Geneva’s canton: 282 km2
Altitude: 373 m above sea level
Climate: average temperature: winter 10ºC; summer 23ºC.

Language: French; other common languages: English and German
Time zone: Geneva is in the Central European zone (G.M.T +1). Summer time (G.M.T +2) runs from end of March to the last week of October.

Visa: Switzerland has been in the Schengen Zone since 12 December 2008. As a result, “Schengen” visas also cover entry into Switzerland provided they are part of a valid travel document.
Please read carefully the document explaining the procedure to obtain a visa for entering Switzerland  > Visa Procedure

You need a valid passport to enter Switzerland. If you are not a citizen of an EU member country, you may need a visa, and this must be obtained before you enter Switzerland.

If you need an official invitation to the tournament please let us know early enough so we can organize the invitation. You can email us at : euttc2015@unige.ch

Phone code:  For Switzerland: 0041 / +41. For Geneva: 022

Currency: The currency used in Switzerland is the Swiss franc.
1 CHF = 0.85 Euro

Tips: Hotel and restaurant bills, taxi fares etc. include tax and service. Tips are therefore not required but may be given for excellent service.

> Geneva Tourism



Emergency numbers: 

  • Police: 117
  • Fire brigade: 118
  • Road assistance: 140
  • Ambulances: 144


About the University

Founded in 1559 by Jean Calvin, the University of Geneva (UNIGE) is dedicated to thinking, teaching, dialogue and research. With 16’000 students of more than 140 different nationalities, it is Switzerland’s second largest university.

UNIGE offers more than 280 types of degrees and more than 250 Continuing Education programmes covering an extremely wide variety of fields: exact sciences, medicine and humanities. Its domains of excellence in research include life sciences (molecular biology, bio-informatics), physics of elementary particles, and astrophysics.

UNIGE is also host and co-host to six National Centres of Competence in Research: Frontiers in Genetics, Materials with Novel Electronic Properties (MaNEP), Chemical Biology, Affective Sciences, Synaptic Bases of Mental Diseases and LIVES-Overcoming vulnerabilities in a life course perspective.

Just like the city of Geneva itself, the university enjoys a strong international reputation, both for the quality of its research (it ranks among the top institutions among the League of European Research Universities) and the excellence of its education. This acclaim has been won in part due to its strong ties to many national and international Geneva-based organizations, such as the World Health Organization, the International Telecommunications Union, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the European Organization for Nuclear Research.



Ideally located on the shores of the largest lake in Western Europe, at the foot of the Jura mountains and at the gateway to the Alps, Geneva will enchant you with its charms.

The University of Geneva, in close cooperation with the City of Geneva’s athletics department, the State of Geneva and the Swiss Federation of University Sports, is both proud and delighted to have been chosen to host the 8th European Universities table tennis Championship.

More than 160 university players from all over Europe will meet here for a week. The City of Geneva and its University, looks forward to welcoming you and wish you all an excellent European Championship.

Enjoy the game !!!