All you need to know
about the Université Populaire
of Geneva Canton
The UP offers
Evening courses for adults at various levels in French (alphabetization, written French, French grammar, phonetics), foreign languages, data processing and mathematics and general studies.
The volunteerism of its teachers ensures that the UP's courses are open to all at minimal cost.
The UP enables
Integration linguistically, socially and economically, opening the way to participation in the life of the city.
An introduction to different cultures.
The UP operates as
A place to meet and exchange news, views and ideas.
The UP encourages
A public often with little formal schooling, few qualifications and unused to the idea of adult education.
The UP respects
The uniqueness of everyone and it is apolitical and non-confessional.
The UP aims at
Top quality teaching through training, support and evaluation of its volunteer teachers.
The UP operates exclusively on the basis of
The volunteerism of its teachers and its committee,
Funding in part from the State and City of Geneva,
The provision of classrooms free of charge by the Department of Town Planning,
Financial support from local communities,
Various donations and students' fees
The UP is different
A structure which offers something over and above the standard fare provided by other institutions, private and public.
The UP offers basic courses right up to (but excluding) intensive, professional or specialized training.
Open to all, whatever their nationality, age, sex, professional status or income.
Based on the principles of sharing and democracy, the UP is a meeting place for Swiss citizens and foreigners.
Integration works both ways, outside the accepted norm: a foreigner teaches his language to Swiss citizens and foreigners; a Swiss teaches French to non-French speakers, foreigners or compatriots.
A school based on the volunteerism of teachers and committee members.
A private law association, politically and confessionally neutral with a membership made up of students, teachers and subscribers.
A place not only to study but also to learn about other cultures and participate in leisure activities.
The UPCGe meets a real need, evidenced by the fact that, with no publicity but simply through word of mouth, people find their way to its doors.