Enrollment
Conditions of enrollment and educational offerings
Deadlines
Documents
Application for equivalencies (Bachelor's degree programs only)
Admission to master's programs
Admission to doctoral programs
French exam
Enrollment fee
Tuition fees
Procedure

Enrollment

Applications for the AUTUMN semester open in January. 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 and educational offerings

The following link (to a French-speaking content) provides 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 called examens complémentaires des universités suisses (ECUS) (complementary exams for the Swiss universities) and examen de français (French exam).

The English version of the enrollment application form can be chosen by clicking on the English flag on the welcome page of the application.

Deadlines

The application must be submitted by 28 February for those who need a visa or by 30 April for others - or by the deadlines indicated in the specific pages "Délais et formalités", 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 (Registrar’s Office) and indicate when he or she will be able to submit the certificate in question.

Documents

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. The two applications will be decided upon separately. The application for equivalencies, processed at the faculty or institute level, is subordinate to the decision of the Admissions Office regarding enrollment eligibility.

PLEASE NOTE: 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.

Admission to master's programs

If you wish to apply for a Master's program, the completed application for admission to Master's programs, along with all required documentation, is required, except for those applying to the following faculties/institutes: Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Translation and Interpreting (FTI), Global Studies Institute (GSI), and Graduate Institute (IHEID).

This also includes an application to the FPSE Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) degree program, and for specialization certificates at the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Protestant Theology.

Application for admission to Master's programs and all accompanying documentation will only be considered when submitted in association with an application for enrollment. The two applications will be decided upon separately. The application for admission to a Master's program, processed at the faculty or institute level, is subordinate to the decision of the Admissions Office regarding enrollment eligibility.

Admission to doctoral programs

If you wish to apply for a Doctoral program, the completed application for admission to a Doctoral program, along with all required documentation, is required, except for those applying to the following faculties/institutes: Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Translation and Interpreting (FTI), and Graduate Institute (IHEID).

This application for admission to Doctoral programs and all accompanying documentation will only be considered when submitted in association with an application for enrollment. The two applications will be decided upon separately. The application for admission to Doctoral programs, processed at the faculty or institute level, is subordinate to the decision of the Admissions Office regarding enrollment eligibility.

Applicants to Doctoral programs at the Faculty of Science, the Geneva School of Social Sciences, or the Geneva School of Economics and Management are required to provide a letter from an instructor of the concerned UNIGE Faculty who is approved to direct doctoral dissertations, and who agrees to oversee your research.

Applicants to Doctoral programs at the Faculty of Medicine are required to provide a letter from their dissertation director, signed and bearing the stamp of the student secretary of the Faculty of Medicine at the University Medical Center (CMU - Rue Michel Servet 1 - Mrs. Marie-France Châtelain , Monday morning, Tuesday afternoon, Thursday all day and Friday morning).

Applicants to Doctoral programs at the Faculty of Humanities must contact the academic advisor Mr. Olivier Frutiger before applying at the UNIGE.

Applicants to Doctoral programs at the Faculty of Law should first try to find an instructor of the concerned UNIGE Faculty who is approved to direct doctoral dissertations, and who agrees to oversee their research. If they don’t find an instructor, they still can apply, but are required to join to their application a research project.

Applicants to Doctoral programs at the Faculty of Protestant Theology must contact the academic advisor Mr. Christophe Pisteur before applying at the UNIGE.

Applicants to Doctoral programs at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences should first try to find an instructor of the concerned UNIGE Faculty who is approved to direct doctoral dissertations, and who agrees to oversee their research. If they don’t find an instructor, they still can apply at the UNIGE.

French exam

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, there is either no need for a French exam (e.g., all Master's degrees offered by the Faculty of Science) or the exam is only of an informative nature and French proficiency is not needed (e.g., all Master's degrees in Medicine). Detailed information can be obtained from the relevant Faculty. 

Enrollment fee

Holders of a foreign or international secondary or university degree are subject to an enrollment fee of CHF 65, payable by credit card only.

Tuition fees

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.

Procedure

You must follow these five steps:

Step 1: Obtain information

Step 2: Complete the application for enrollment

Step 3: Assemble an enrollment file

Step 4: Submit your enrollment file

Step 5: Pass entrance exams as necessary and enroll during the enrollment period

Step 1: Obtain information

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.

Step 2: Complete the online application for enrollment

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.

Step 3: Assemble an enrollment file

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.

Step 4 : Submit your enrollment file

Candidates must submit their complete files by 28 February for those who need a visa, by 30 April for most others - or in keeping with specific deadlines) by post 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 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.

Step 5: Pass entrance exams as necessary and enroll during the enrollment period

If your candidacy has been accepted conditional upon the successful passing 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 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 Registrar's Office.

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