Applications for the autumn semester 2013-2014 will start in January 2013.
Conditions of enrolment and educational offerings
Application file/equivalencies form
Admission to Master, MAS and postgraduate programmes
Procedure for 2013-2014
The enrolment process is available to candidates who have never been enrolled at the University of Geneva before.
The following french speaking link contains all the information necessary to begin your studies. It indicates both general enrollment conditions and the conditions pertaining to candidates by country. It also provides all of the information you will need concerning the admission exams named examens complémentaires des universités suisses (ECUS) (complementary exams for the Swiss universities) and examen de français (French exam).
The English version of the enrolment application form can be chosen by clicking on the English flag on the welcome page of the application.
This form is reserved for candidates who have studied in another university before applying for enrollment at the University of Geneva. The application file/equivalencies form (available in English and French) will only be forwarded to the relevant faculty if it is accompanied by an application for enrolment, and if the candidate is eligible for enrolment at the University of Geneva.
The application must be submitted by 30 April or by the deadlines specified in the specifiic page "Délais et formalités", regardless of whether the candidate for enrolment has received the degree necessary for enrolment to the University by that date. Such a candidate must submit all requisite documents to the Service des admissions (registrar’s office) and indicate when he or she will be able to submit the certificate in question.
Candidates must submit all the necessary documents for the determination of their eligibility, as set out in the instructions for the assembly of an enrolment 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.
As a rule, candidates not subject to an exam as foreign degree-holders and whose proficiency in French is insufficient are required to sit a French qualifying exam. However, for several Masters degrees either, there is no need for a French exam (e.g., all Masters of the Faculty of Sciences) or the exam is only of an informative nature and French proficiency is not needed (e.g., all Masters in Medicine). Detailed information can be obtained from the relevant Faculty.
Students wishing to enrol in one of these programmes should contact the relevant Faculties before submitting their application to the Service des admissions.
Candidates wishing to apply for a doctoral programme are subject to the same procedure as other students.
Holders of a foreign or international secondary or university degree are subject to an enrolment fee of CHF 65, payable by credit card or by following this procedure.
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 enrolment period for the automn semester 2012-2013. Applications for exemption from semester fees on grounds of financial difficulties must be made by means of the form available from the Bureau universitaire d’information sociale (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 enrolment procedure and select your programme at the University of Geneva, you should study the brochure entitledUniversity website, which contains all necessary information. If you are in any doubt, contact the studies advisors at the relevant Faculties.
As of the beginning of 2012, all you will need to enrol online is a valid e-mail address and a means to print documents. You may then proceed to:
a) Visit the homepage of the University of Geneva website;
b) Click on the link futurs étudiants (prospective students) and then on inscription en ligne (online enrolment). When you attempt to gain access to the enrolment page, you will be given a user name (login) and a password, which will permit you to begin the enrolment procedure;
c) Click on the link saisie des données (enter information), complete the relevant forms as presented in a series of dialogue windows, and confirm your enrolment application when you have entered all requisite information. If you wish, you can at this point also pay the enrolment fee required from foreign or international degree-holders. Finally, print the completed enrolment application form which includes the list of the documents to be submitted to us;
d) Submit the enrolment application form along with copies (or certified copies if requested) of the requisite documents by post within two weeks after your confirmation, and no later than 30 April 2012 or in keeping with the specified deadline. In order to complete the enrolment application, you must have available your identity card or passport, your secondary degree certificate (as relevant), and any university diplomas you may have obtained to date.
The various documents to be included in your enrolment file are indicated in a checklist at the end of the enrolment 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.-- enrolment 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 enrolment are not required to include proof of payment.
Candidates must submit their complete files by 30 April 2013 or in keeping with specific deadlines to: Service des admissions 24, rue du Général-Dufour, CH 1211 Geneva 4. 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 enrolment has received the degree necessary for enrolment 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 enrolment) a few weeks later, including an enrolment number you must cite in all correspondence. Candidates who are not accepted for enrolment are notified personally by post. As soon as they have received the Confirmation of Enrolment, 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 enrolment 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 pass of an exam or French test, or of complementary exams for Swiss universities , you will be informed accordingly and provided with registration forms by post. On the reverse of the Confirmation of Enrolment you will find all information necessary for completing enrollment as of the beginning of September 2013 in Geneva during the enrolment period. Once you have obtained your student visa, if necessary, you must come on the dates indicated on your Confirmation of Enrolment 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 Enrolment; 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.
Enrolment 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 Enrolment have not been met.
For certain candidates from non-EU countries, a refusal of enrolment may constitute an obligation to leave Switzerland.
Candidates who are unable to enrol during the enrolment period on the dates indicated for reasons beyond their control are asked to contact the Service des admissions.