Financing your studies

We encourage students to plan the financial aspects of their MEIG Programme carefully and well in advance, and to explore all opportunities for financing their studies. Possible sources of funding include:

  • Immediate and extended family members, relatives and friends;
  • Private grant foundations in your home country;
  • Government-related scholarship providers in your home country;
  • Non-government scholarship providers in your home country, including private organizations and NGOs;
  • Loan providers, such as banks and specialized student loan companies in your home country;
  • Savings from your own work revenue;
  • Support from your employer in the form of a loan, salary advance, grant or supported leave of absence;
  • Crowdfunding;
  • A combination of funding sources.

In some cases it may take significant time to plan and put together all the necessary resources to fund your study programme.

Scholarships of the MEIG Programme

A range of different scholarships are offered to help cover tuition fees.
All candidates to the “European and International Governance” Master Programme are eligible to apply for scholarships. Scholarship requests for incoming participants must be submitted along with the candidate’s application.

If awarded, the amount of financial aid is calculated according to the applicant’s financial situation, as reported in the scholarship application form. Applicants are encouraged to provide as much information as possible, to give a complete picture of their financial situation, as well as that of their parents and/or spouse.

To apply for a scholarship please complete and sign the

In addition to this form, please submit the following supporting documents, translated into English, if necessary (English translations do not need to be officially certified for this purpose):

  1. Copies of official statements of income (your own and/or any other relevant persons, family members or other, whom you might call on for support);
  2. Official statement from a bank or other savings institution, and/or tax forms, indicating available funds and assets;
  3. Copies of responses to your other scholarship and/or loan requests, including from employers, if applicable.

Without income and bank account statement (1. and 2.) it is not possible to treat your scholarship application.

Annual training allowance Ville de Genève

The MEIG Programme participants are allowed to request an Annual training allowance for the full programme, if they fulfill the conditions.

What is the Annual Training Allowance (ATA)?

It is an annual cheque for a maximum value of 750 CHF; it can be given to you over three consecutive years or only once depending on the type of course you wish to follow. The amount that can be financed at one time is available on our website at the time of the selection of the course desired. The course chosen must last for a minimum of 40 hours. The reference number of the MEIG Programme is N°4123.

Who can benefit?

  1. AA) Any person over the age of 18 who has been living and paying taxes in the canton for at least one year at the start of the requested training.
  2. BB) Any person over the age of 18 who has had a frontier worker permit for at least one year at the start of the requested training.
  3. CC) Confederates over the age of 18 who live near the border and who have been working in the canton for at least one year at the start of the requested training.

For more information, you can download the Flyer annual training allowance and visit this website.


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