Applying to the MAs in Translation
Application to the MA in Translation with exemption from the entrance exams
The deadline to register for the admission exams has passed. Nevertheless, if you hold a degree that may be judged equivalent to the FTI’s BA in Multilingual Communication, you can still apply and request exemption from the entrance exams up until 15 April 2018 (before 15 February if you need a visa to study in Switzerland). If your request for exemption is turned down, you won’t be able to sit for the entrance exams until next year.
To have an idea of how your previous degree compares to the FTI’s BA programme, check out the curriculum of the Bachelor in Multilingual Communication. In particular, pay attention to the number of translation credits required for each language combination.
To apply and request exemption from the admission exams, set up an ORISIS account and register on the FTI platform.
- Set up an ORISIS account.
- To request exemption from the admission exams, go to the FTI platform and click on "Connexion".
- Apply to enroll at the university with your ORISIS username and password before 30 April (before 28 February if you need a visa to study in Switzerland)
The following information is only relevant for applicants registering for the 2019 admission exams.
What are the admission requirements?
(1) To be admitted to the MA in Translation programme, you must either (A) be a student in your final year of the FTI’s Bachelor in Multilingual Communication programme, (B) fulfill the requirements to be admitted based on your application alone, (C) fulfill the admission requirements and pass the entrance exam:
- (A) If you are in your final year of the FTI’s Bachelor in Multilingual Communication programme:
As long as you don’t change your language combination, you will be admitted to the MA in Translation programme without having to sit for the entrance exams. To enroll, simply send an e-mail to Marie-Laure Cudet before 31 August 2018.
- (B) If you hold a BA from another university in the same field of study, which is deemed to be equivalent:
As long as you don’t change your language combination, the FTI may decide to admit you without you having to sit for some or all of the required tests.
Exemption from the entrance exam
You may request exemption from the entrance exams when registering online. The exemption committee will examine each application individually. To have an idea of how your previous degree compares to the FTI’s BA programme, look at the curriculum of the Bachelor in Multilingual Communication. In particular, pay attention to the number of translation credits required for each language combination.
- (C) If you hold a degree in another field of study :
You will have to sit for the FTI entrance exam.
The entrance exam for the Master in Translation consists of an active language test (A), a test for each of your passive languages (B1, B2, B3) and a translation test from each of your passive languages to your active language.
Exemption from the passive language test
If you hold a diploma or certificate confirming that you have at least a C1 level in one of your passive languages under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, you may be exempt from that language test. If you are granted an exemption, your exam will be made up of the A language test and the corresponding B to A language translation test. (More information on exemption conditions).
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 must fulfill the registration requirements of the University of Geneva and hold a university degree. Read carefully through the registration requirements in particular those applicable to candidates who hold a non-Swiss degree.
|See also General Description of degree programmes.|
What is the entrance exam?
What does the entrance exam consist of?
You will be required to sit for an A language test, which assesses your writing skills and command of your native language; B language tests, which assess your writing skills and understanding of your passive languages; and translation tests from each of your passive languages to your native language. (Description of entrance examinations).
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 C1 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?
Registration for the 2018 FTI admission exams is now closed.
You must submit two different applications:
Registering at the FTI
Enrolling at UNIGE
A) If you are in the last year of your BA at the FTI,
you can register for the MA in Translation by sending an email to the student secretary, Marie-Laure Cudet, by 31 August 2018.
Choose two, three or four languages to make up your language combination:
Online registration: Register online at the FTI 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 at the FTI. You must confirm that you have received the email by the deadline given. By the end of February, you will receive a letter convocating you to the exam session along with your exam schedule (or a letter confirming that you are exempt from the exams, if applicable).
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.
Registration for the 2018 FTI admission exams is now closed.
Here are the three steps to apply:
You will receive a confirmation email asking you to validate your account.
2) Registering at the FTI
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 admissions.unige.ch 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.
Information, admissions and registration.
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