- Applications for the AUTUMN semester (September - January) open in January.
- Applications for the SPRING semester (February - August) open mid-September --> WARNING: only a few programmes offer the possibility to start in the Spring semester. See list on this page
The enrollment process is available to candidates who have never been enrolled at the University of Geneva before. If you have studied at UNIGE before, please click here.
Conditions of enrollment
The following links (to French-speaking contents) provide all the information necessary to begin your studies.
- Bachelor's programs: holders of foreign qualifications
- Master's programs and certificates
- Doctoral programs
You will also find information concerning the admission exams called examen complémentaire des hautes écoles suisses (ECUS) (complementary exams for the Swiss universities) and examen de français (French exam).
- Ask for an access code to fill in the enrollment application form
- Complete the online enrollment application form
If you have already applied once, click here.
Please refer to the pages per program :
The application file must be postmarked no later than the deadline indicated in the specific pages, regardless of whether the candidate for enrollment has received the degree necessary for enrollment to the University by that date. Such a candidate must submit all requisite documents to the Service des admissions (Admissions Office) and indicate when he or she will be able to submit the certificate in question.
Candidates must submit all required documentation for the determination of their eligibility, as set out in the instructions for the assembly of an enrollment file provided in an appendix to the enrollment application form. Under no circumstances should candidates submit original degree certificates. Incomplete files will not be considered, and the University will not enter into correspondence with applicants.
Application for equivalencies (Bachelor's degree programs only)
The application for equivalencies is for students having previously undertaken university-level studies (completed or not) and who wish to obtain equivalencies to be applied towards a future Bachelor's degree program. This application is optional.
Applications for equivalencies will only be considered in association with an application for enrollment (or in association with the form “réimmatriculation” and/or “changement de faculté” available through admissions.unige.ch) . The two applications will be decided upon separately: applications for equivalences, processed at the faculty/institute/center level, is subordinate to the decision of the Admissions Office regarding enrollment eligibility.
- Equivalencies are not available for Bachelor's degrees from the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting (FTI).
- Equivalencies for Bachelor's degrees from the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences (FPSE) must be applied for with the Academic Advisor during the first three weeks of the semester.
- For the Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations (BARI) of the Global Studies Institute (GSI), equivalencies are only granted for successful completion at GSI partner institutions of courses identical to those offered within the BARI program (Cf. Article 8.2 of the BARI rules and regulations dated 16 June 2015).
Admission to master's programs, MAS and Specialization Certificates
If you wish to apply for a Master's program, the completed application form, along with all required documentation, is required. This also includes an application to the FPSE Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) degree program, and for certificates at the Faculty of Humanities, Geneva School of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Protestant Theology.
Exception: this application file is not required for those applying to the following faculties/institutes:
- Geneva School of Ecconomics and Management (GSEM) --> please submit a specific admission file according to the master's applied for
- Faculty of Translation and Interpreting (FTI)
- Global Studies Institute (GSI)
- the University Institute of Teacher Education (IUFE)
Application for admission to Master's/MAS/Certificates programs and all accompanying documentation will only be considered when submitted in association with an application for enrollment (or in association with the form “réimmatriculation” and/or “changement de faculté” available through admissions.unige.ch). The two applications will be decided upon separately: the application for admission to a master’s/certificate/MAS program, processed at the faculty or institute level, is subordinate to the decision of the Admissions Office regarding enrollment eligibility.
Admission to doctoral programs
Follow the procedure that applies to you:
--> More information on doctoral studies at UNIGE
For several Master's programs (see list), there is either no need for a French exam or the exam is only of an informative nature and French proficiency is not needed.
For doctoral programs, please check with the faculty/school or program concerned.
Holders of a foreign or international secondary or university degree are subject to an enrollment fee of CHF 65, payable by credit card or paypal only. The enrollment fee is deducted from the first semester’s university fees. It is not reimbursed in case of rejection, withdrawal, or incomplete application, regardless of the reason.
Tuition fees in the amount of CHF 500.- per semester (CHF 65.- in fixed fees and CHF 435.- in semester fees) must be paid by means of the postal deposit slip supplied in September during the enrollment period for the autumn semester. Applications for exemption from semester fees on grounds of financial difficulties must be made by means of the form available from the Pôle Santé Social (University office for information on student welfare) during the first few weeks of the academic year, and are to be submitted to that same office by the deadline indicated.
You must follow these five steps:
Before you begin the enrollment procedure and select your programme at the University of Geneva, please read the relevant pages on the University website, which contains all necessary information. If you are in any doubt, contact the academic advisors at the relevant Faculties.
All you will need to enroll online is a valid e-mail address and a means to print documents. You may then proceed to:
a) If it's your first connexion, click on the online enrollment access. You will be given a user name (login) and a password, which will permit you to begin the enrollment procedure.
b) Complete the online enrollment form as presented in a series of dialogue windows, and confirm your enrollment application when you have entered all requisite information. If you wish, you can at this point also pay the enrollment fee required from foreign or international degree-holders. Finally, print the completed enrollment application form which includes the list of the documents to be submitted to us.
The various documents to be included in your enrollment file are indicated in a checklist at the end of the enrollment application form. You must include all documents indicated or account for their absence. Incomplete files will not be considered, and the University will not enter into correspondence with applicants. Holders of a foreign or international secondary or university degree must include with their file original proof of payment of the CHF 65.- enrollment fee, or their file will not be considered and the University will not enter into correspondence with them. Candidates who are subject to the fee and who have paid it online during online enrollment are not required to include proof of payment.
Candidates must submit their complete files by post to: Service des admissions 24, rue du Général-Dufour, CH 1211 Geneva 4.
Deadlines : the application file must be postmarked by the set deadline (see above under "Deadlines")
The sooner you submit your file, the greater your chances of a speedy response. The application must be submitted by the relevant deadline regardless of whether the candidate for enrollment has received the degree necessary for enrollment to the University by that date. As soon as their file has been received, candidates will be sent confirmation of receipt by post or e-mail.
If your candidacy is accepted, you will receive your Attestation d’immatriculation (confirmation of enrollment), including an enrollment number you must cite in all correspondence. Candidates who are not accepted for enrollment are notified personally by post.
As soon as they have received the Confirmation of Enrollment, foreign candidates requiring a visa to enter Switzerland must contact the Swiss mission in their country (the process takes roughly 12 weeks). Even if a candidate is not a citizen of a country subject to visa requirements, he or she must initiate the process of requesting a residence permit before arriving in Switzerland by filling out an application at the diplomatic authority closest to his or her place of residence.
Whenever corresponding (by post or e-mail) with the University during the enrollment process, you must always cite your last name and first name, your identification number and the Faculty of your choice.
If your candidacy has been accepted conditional upon the successful passing of an exam or French test, or of ECUS exam , you will be informed accordingly and provided with registration forms by post. On the reverse of the Confirmation of Enrollment you will find all information necessary for completing enrollment as of the beginning of September in Geneva during the enrollment period. Once you have obtained your student visa, if necessary, you must come on the dates indicated on your Confirmation of Enrollment to the hall of the Uni Dufour building (24, rue du Général-Dufour) with the documents indicated on the Confirmation. You will specifically be asked to supply: your Confirmation of Enrollment; the original of your secondary school-leaving diploma; an address in Switzerland, or in the neighbouring regions of France, valid during your studies at the University.
Enrollment will be refused if:
- the documents listed above are not in order;
- the required entrance exam has not been successfully passed;
- you have not finished or passed the required final year of university;
- the conditions indicated on your Confirmation of Enrollment have not been met.
For certain candidates from non-EU countries, a refusal of enrollment may constitute an obligation to leave Switzerland.
Candidates who are unable to enroll during the enrollment period on the dates indicated for reasons beyond their control are asked to contact the Admissions Office.