Applying for the BA in Multilingual Communication

Registration for the 2018 FTI admission exams is now closed.

What are the admission requirements?


(1) You must pass the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting entrance exams.
The entrance exam for the BA programme consists of three different tests that assess your active language (A) and passive language (B1 and B2) skills.

Exemption from the passive language tests:
You may be exempt from one of the B language tests if you hold a diploma or certificate confirming that you have at least a B2 level in that language under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, or if you have completed a minimum of two years of secondary school or university education with that language as the language of instruction. For more information on exemption conditions, see Exemption conditions for the B language tests.

Other exemptions:
If this is your second time sitting for the entrance exams, you can ask to be exempt from the tests that you passed the first time around.

(2) You have to meet the registration requirements of the University of Geneva.
You must hold a secondary school diploma (maturité gymnasiale, maturité suisse or a diploma deemed to be equivalent). To find out more, go to the pages addressed to holders of a Swiss diploma and holders of a non-Swiss diploma. Make sure you’re familiar with the registration requirements, particularly if you hold a non-Swiss diploma.


General description of the BA programme


What is the entrance exam?


What does the entrance exam consist of?
You will be required to sit for three different tests: a language A test, which assesses your writing skills and command of your native language; and two language B tests, which assess your writing skills and understanding of your passive languages. (Descriptif des examens d’admission au Ba).

How strong do my language skills need to be?
We expect you to master your native language perfectly; you must demonstrate that you can write a text that is coherent, well-structured and stylistically on point. As for your passive languages, we recommend that you have at least a B2 level under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

When and where will the entrance exams take place?
The Faculty of Translation and Interpreting will hold entrance exams in Geneva and in other selected cities: Mexico City (Mexico) or Buenos Aires (Argentina); Boston (USA); Tunis (Tunisia) and Alexandria (Egypt) or Beirut (Lebanon).

  • Dates of the entrance exams: April 3-5, 2018.
  • Entrance exam results will be published on 31 May 2018.


What do you have to do to register?


You must submit two different applications:

Registering at the FTI

Enrolling at UNIGE

Choose three languages to make up your language combination. Your mother tongue or language of education is your A language, and you are expected to have a perfect command of it. Depending on your A language, you then have to choose two B languages (or “passive languages”), according to the language combination chart.

Documents you will need to provide


Online registration: Register online for the FTI’s entrance exams from 2 October 2017 to 31 January 2018. For more information, see “Apply now!”.

Online enrollment: Enroll at the University of Geneva through the online platform of the Registrar’s office. You can enroll from 2 January to 30 April 2018. For more information, see “Apply now!”.

Once your application has been validated, you will receive an email confirming that you are registered for the admission exams. You must confirm that you have received the email by the deadline given. Before the end of February, you will receive a letter inviting you to the exam session, along with your exam schedule.

If you need a visa to study in Switzerland, you must send your enrollment application to the Registrar’s office by 28 February 2018.

If you don’t have French in your language combination, you will be required to sit for the University's French exam (separate from the FTI’s entrance exams), unless you have been granted exemption under the enrollment conditions.

You will officially be admitted to the FTI once your enrollment application has been accepted and you have passed the entrance exams.


Apply now!


Here are the three steps to apply:

 1) Create an ORISIS account

You will receive a confirmation email asking you to validate your account.

(If you are already enrolled at UNIGE, please use the username and password that you created when first registering on ORISIS; it should be associated to your private email address. If you are unable to access your account, please create a new account using your

2) Registering at the FTI

Register online for the entrance exams through the Faculty’s online registration page using your email and ORISIS password

Registration is open from 2 October 2017 to 31 January 2018.

3) Enrolling at UNIGE

Using your ORISIS username and password, submit your online enrollment application to the Registrar’s office of the University of Geneva.

Registration is open from 2 January to 30 April 2018. Applicants who need a visa to study in Switzerland must apply by 28 February 2018.

(Applicants who have been unenrolled from UNIGE should contact the Registrar’s office directly through the platform from 1 June to 15 August 2018 to reenroll.)

Being enrolled at the University means that the University has given a student permission to register in a faculty and take the courses, seminars and workshops necessary to obtain a university degree.
The tuition fee is 500 Swiss francs per semester.


Contact information

Student secretary:

Information, admissions and registration.

Mme Marie-Laure Cudet
Building: Uni Mail
Office: 6256
Telephone: +41 (0)22 37 98708
Fax: +41 (0)22 37 98750
email: Marie-Laure.Cudet(at)

Office hours: Tuesday - Friday
10:00 am - 12:00 am / 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm