Conservatoire de musique de Genève


The Geneva University of Music (HEM Haute École de Musique) is one of the most prestigious higher music education institution in Switzerland. It brings together, in the heart of Europe, an academic and artistic community of international renown.

The HEM has its origin in the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève, founded in 1835, one of the oldest in Europe. Franz Liszt and Dinu Lipatti are among the many distinghished artists who have taught there.

The HEM hosts 650 students, 100 of them being hosted in the Neuchâtel branch. It is part of the University of Applied Sciences western Switzerland (HES-SO), the largest professional University in the country, hosting 14 000 students.


Majors available

Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Piano


French & English


Mid February – Late June


Places available

1 per year



The University has over 400 student rooms and apartments available to international students. International students are given priority for housing options. Applications need to be submitted before the specified deadlines to ensure successful applications and accommodation allocation.


Visa & Insurance
Consular/Visa Regulation

GISP students from countries that are non UE/AELE will need to complete applications for visa and entry “Demande d’autorisation de séjour pour étude (hors UE/AELE).

Students should aim to complete application procedures as soon as possible as some visas can take as long as 3 months. If you have any question on visa and entry procedure, please refer to the Swiss Federal Office for Migration website When booking your flight to Geneva, make sure you have the required visa for the countries via which you may transit.

Health/Medical Insurance

A valid health and accident insurance is obligatory to reside in Switzerland but not in neighbouring France. Students who do not hold a European Health Insurance Card will need to have the “Check form for the equivalent of the Swiss Health Insurance” sent to their home insurance so that these can certify full coverage according to the specific Swiss rules for the duration of the program. Should such a certification not be possible, students will need to sign up for an insurance upon arrival in Switzerland. The BUIS (Office for Student Welfare) have a variety of policies to recommend for as little as CHF 80 a month.

Cost of Living

Estimated figures

Accommodation: CHF 470 - CHF 600

Food: CHF 300

Transport: CHF 45 - CHF 70

Insurance: CHF 436

Others (Misc): CHF 700

Monthly Estimate: CHF 1,951 - CHF 2,106