A place to live and breathe sustainability

The Lake Genenva Campus is based in the lakeside town of Gland, in the canton of Vaud. Located next to the IUCN Conservation Center (LEED Platinum Certified), one of the world’s most sustainable buildings, you are exposed to a study environment in which sustainable practice is at the center of all activities.

SUMAS Learning Center (SLC)

The SLC is a bright and spacious learning center, and welcomes you to attend your classes in fully-equipped lecture and seminar rooms. Here you will also find our student reception and faculty rooms, as well as common areas for you to catch up between classes.

IUCN Conservation Center

Based opposite campus and also the home of SUMAS Headquarters, the IUCN proposes its library and open spaces for your independent study. Here you also will find a sustainable cafeteria, outdoor atrium, outdoor terrace, and a beautiful natural garden just outside your classroom door. The IUCN is a lively hub and as a student of SUMAS, you will also receive invitations to participate in various conferences and events throughout the year.


SUMAS can provide you with our own modern accommodation on-campus in Gland or nearby, which offers a sociable and convenient setting to complement your studies. Our Student Recruitment Managers will be able to provide you with additional information if you select this option for accommodation.

Student life in Switzerland

Switzerland enjoys a great diversity of culture, which is reflected at SUMAS by our international student community, faculty and staff. Travel is easy with an outstanding public transport system to national destinations and neighboring countries. Reputed as one of the happiest countries in the world. it offers a safe, clean and scenic environment to enjoy your studies.

Gland forms part of the La Côte region, a particularly stunning stretch of the Lake Geneva shoreline. It is one of the region’s most active towns for sustainability, offering local electric and hybrid public transport and various green initiatives to its residents.

Nearby, you will find pubs and bars, a beach, sports facilities including a football pitch, tennis courts and swimming pool. On weekends or study breaks, you can enjoy a range of outdoor activities: go skiing, paragliding, hiking, mountain biking, stand-up paddle boarding, tobogganing, have beach barbecues, attend internationally-renowned festivals, events and more.

For a quick change of scenery, just 5 minutes away you will find the larger town of Nyon and a further 15 minutes will put you in the center of Geneva. In the opposite direction, you can access Morges (15 minutes by train) and the Olympic Capital Lausanne (25 minutes by train).