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Practical information

We make a point of ensuring that you enjoy your experience at ESI !

- Specifics

- Accommodation 

- Local Transport

- Meals at school


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You will ABSOLUTELY need your passport (or ID) and VISA (when applicable). 



Please remember to bring your lap-top along with the appropriate power socket adaptor.
Our lecture theatres have individual wire (RJ45) connexion to internet and we strongly recommend you to bring an adapter if your PC/Mac is not equipped with an RJ45 ethernet plug. We will provide RJ45 cables only (no adapters).
Every lecture materials will be at your disposal on Indico, please select in the menu on the left “INDICO”

There will be also some lecturer asking you to use calculator : please bring along this tool if you have it.




Residence la Colombière**** 

This camping site offers very nice and comfortable Mobil-Home and Chalet fully equipped for the

winter season. These Mobile-homes are fully equipped with a kitchenette, sink, refrigerator and micro-wave,

coffee machine, living room with French TV, bath room with shower and toilet.

A self-service laundry area with washing machines and tumble dryers is available on site. 

About the equipment, dishes and bedding are included but there are no bath towel. Please remember to bring your own towels.


If you ask ESI to arrange your accommodation (negociated prices for weekly stay), you will have an individual room in a shared Mobil-Home.

Mandatory Deposit: On the arrival day the Residence ask for a deposit of 50€ in cash for the cleaning.

On your last day you will make an appointment with the reception. If your accommodation is clean you will get your deposit back.


For those wishing to make their own arrangements for accommodation, or for short participants, here is a list of nearby hotels :

> Short walking distance (less than 5 mins) :

IBIS Archamps (***)  

Best Western Porte Sud de Genève (****)

> Short walking distance (less than 15 mins) :



We kindly ask to note that :
- extra nights before or after the school dates are NOT included
- Breaksfast or meals are NOT included (shops for groceries available locally, 15 minutes by bus)
- WIFI access is NOT available at the Residence (only wire access) : be careful to bring your  own RJ45 ethernet plug.



Local Transport

Opening day : meeting time at 12:00 (lunch offered)

On the first day we kindly ask you to reach Archamps by your own means of transportation. We will invite you to connect with each other on social network (Facebook) to organised shared taxi from the Geneva airport if you wish. We will then escort you to the residence on the first day.

For the duration of the course, ESI will organise daily transfer from and to the residence.


Archamps Technopole :

The school is located on a business park, where the public transport service is limited.
If you have a personnal car, we strongly advise you to come with your own car for the duration of the course.
This will facilitate your weekly access to shops for groceries, as well as excursion on weekends.
Find more information to reach Archamps by your own mean of transportation here. 


Daily access to local facilities : 

A cash dispenser and supermarket are available by walk from the residence.

Please note that these services along with tobacconist’s shop are NOT available at walking distance from the school. We encourage you to take some cash with you upon your arrival at Geneva.



Meals at school

Coffee breaks 

ESI offers two coffee breaks per day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.


Mondays' working lunch

ESI offers a lunch buffet every Monday, shared with JUAS school students and all lecturers from both schools. Menus include vegan dishes.


After work dinners

every two weeks, ESI organises After work evenings’ share with all : school participants, lecturers, and former students available to join us ! A good opportunity to meet and discuss !
ESI proposes various type of dinner. Thank to our caterers, you will have the chance to enjoy different sort of food : the French burgers, lebanese food and more to discover !
Menus include vegan dishes.
Please note that these meals and coffee breaks costs are included in the tuition.


Other meals

For the rest of the week, you will have to provide your own meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner).

Shops for groceries are available, 10 minutes by walk from the residence.

At school, a student cafeteria is available with micro-waves and a large refrigerator. Tea and coffee making facilities are also available.