Information - COVID-19

The information on this page is changing constantly. Please check it regularly to stay up to date.

If you cannot find the answer to your question on this page or on our website you can contact us via the platform admissions.unige.ch (then click on "Ask us your question").

OPeNING HOURS of the Admissions Office

August 24 to September 11: The Admissions Office is open only for new students coming to confirm their enrollment and for doctoral students.

Start of the Academic year : September 14th

In-person teaching is the priority during the autumn semester, ensuring that students and teachers can interact directly in strict compliance with the health and safety rules. Depending on how the public-health situation evolves, we may also switch to hybrid teaching during the 2020–2021 academic year.

SANITARY MEASURES for the autumn semester

Find all the important information on the COVID page dedicated to students.

WARNING: from Monday, August 24th, it is mandatory to wear a face mask on all university premises. See Distribution times and instructions.

APPLICATION FILE - Unable to obtain documents required

Despite the current circumstances, every application is processed in the same way to avoid any unequal treatment.

If the documents requested in our reminder message (which should have been submitted with the initial application) will arrive after the deadline, we cannot guarantee that we will process them or that it will be possible to finalize your application for the start of term in September 2020.

Conditions for enrollment for the 2020–21 academic year

The terms and conditions of enrollment as set out in the PDF of official terms and conditions (in French only) remain unchanged for the 2020–21 academic year. No exemptions will be granted.

1. Enrollment on the basis of secondary studies

  • Candidates currently preparing for a secondary studies certifcate (e.g. the French Baccalauréat or the International Baccalaureate)

Despite the fact that final examinations for many foreign secondary school certificates could not take place this year, the University of Geneva will accept foreign secondary school certificates issued at the end of 2019-20, provided that they are recognised by the University of Geneva, comply with the conditions laid down (see the guide) and are issued by the competent authority of the country.

For the rest of the procedure, please follow the indications on the enrollment confirmation sent by e-mail.

  • Candidates currently resitting an examination in order to comply with our conditions of enrollment

If you cannot resit the examination(s) that you failed and will not meet the conditions of enrollment, you cannot enroll for the 2020–21 academic year. You can reactivate your application next year.  

  • ECUS

If you need to sit the ECUS examination and you have received registration information from us, please follow the instructions and respect the deadlines. If you have any questions, particularly about a possible refund of the examination fees, please contact ECUS directly: ecus.geneve@edu.ge.ch.

  • Proof of admission in the relevant field at a university recognized by UNIGE in the country where the secondary studies diploma was earned

- If the entrance examinations will take place as usual, please follow the indications on the enrollment confirmation sent by email.
- If your country has announced that entrance examinations will not take place because of COVID-19, please contact us via our online platform admissions.unige.ch and attach any official document specifying the situation in your country/institution.

 

2. Enrollment on the basis of university studies

  • Candidates currently studying at university and not aiming for a certificate

- If the grade transcripts for the spring semester will be issued as usual, please follow the indications on the enrollment confirmation sent by email.
- If your country has announced that spring semester examinations will not take place or if your conditions of study or for awarding grade transcripts have been changed because of COVID-19, please contact us via our online platform admissions.unige.ch and attach any official document specifying the situation in your country/institution..

  • Candidates currently studying at university for a qualification

Despite the fact that some examinations could not take place this semester in many countries/institutions, the University of Geneva will accept university qualifications issued at the end of the 2019-20 academic year, provided that these qualifications are recognised by the University of Geneva, comply with the conditions laid down (see the guide) and are issued by the competent authority of the country.

For the rest of the procedure, please follow the indications on the enrollment confirmation sent by e-mail.

3. UNIGE French exam

Currently, the date of the French exam has not changed. The payment details on the enrollment confirmation sent by email are also unchanged.

Obtaining a visa

Please consult the State Secretariat for Migration's website and contact the Swiss representation in your country for further information. The Admissions Office cannot intervene on behalf of candidates. We cannot provide you with any documents other than the enrollment confirmation sent by email.

Entry into Switzerland

If your government allows it and if you meet the entry requirements (visa obtained if necessary...), you should have no problem coming to Switzerland. The following site will give you more information: Entry of third-country nationals for the purpose of training or further education (nationals of non-EU/EFTA states).
There are two possible scenarios upon arrival :

  1. You come from a country considered to be safe, in this case you just have to follow the health rules in force;
  2. You come from a country mentioned on the list established by the Confederation and you must carry out a 10-day quarantine. The list of countries as well as the details concerning the quarantine can be found on the website of the Confederation; this list is evolving, so please consult it regularly. The important points to take into account are the following:
    • The journey from your place of arrival to your quarantine location can be done by public transport, wearing a protective mask ;
    • You must wear a face mask at all times, even at your place of residence, unless you live alone;
    • You have two days to announce your arrival to the canton;
    • The costs related to the quarantine and its organization are your responsibility; click here for information on platforms for food delivery and on this site (both in French).

enrollment confirmation

For some candidates, the confirmation of enrollment procedure may be modified (i.e. confirmation by mail rather than in person). Please go to the web link indicated on the Enrollment Certificate sent by e-mail and follow the steps.

New students must have confirmed their registration by Friday September 25th, otherwise it will not be possible to start the academic year (unless exceptions are duly justified and accepted by the faculty/institute/centre/school concerned).

Notification of unsuccessful application

If your application is rejected, as it is currently difficult to send letters by post in some countries, decisions may be exceptionally sent as email attachments. In such cases, the decision will only be sent by post if you specifically request it using our platform admissions.unige.ch, and only once the situation has returned to normal.

CANCElLING YOUR APPLICATION

If you decide not to pursue your application - at any time, even after you have been admitted, please let us know on our online platform admissions.unige.ch (then "Ask us your question."). This will ensure that we no longer inconvenience you unnecessarily.

If you wish to reactivate your application the following semester or year, click here for the relevant procedure.