Main information

Enrollment period

  • Applications for the AUTUMN semester (September - January) open in January.
  • Applications for the SPRING semester (February - August) open mid-September --> WARNING: only a few programs offer the possibility to start in the Spring semester. See list on this page

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

Please use the "guide" (in French only) to find out about the conditions of enrollment according to your specific situation.

For doctoral programs, a specific page provides all the information necessary to begin your studies.

Enrollment process

In short:

  1. Ask for an access code to fill in the enrollment application form.
  2. Complete the online enrollment application form.
  3. Pay the enrollment fee
  4. Assemble an enrollment file
  5. If required (for some Master's programs, CC and PhDs), fill in the specific application form and assemble this second file
  6. Submit your enrollment file (together with the program application file if required) by post
  7. Pass entry exams as necessary
  8. Enroll during the enrollment period

> Detailed procedure


Please refer to the "guide" in French only) for deadlines related to your specific situation:

The application file must be postmarked no later than the deadline indicated in the relevant part of the "guide", 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 (Admissions Office) and indicate when he or she will be able to submit the certificate in question.

For doctoral programs, there is no specific application deadline, except for GSEM.

Language of instruction

French is the official language of the Canton of Geneva and the University of Geneva. As a general rule, French is the language of instruction at the University of Geneva, especially at the Bachelor’s level. There are some exceptions, however; please consult the descriptions of the programs to which you intend to apply or the "guide" (in French only).

French exam

  • As a rule, bachelor's candidates not subject to the ECUS exam (as defined by the "guide") are required to sit a French qualifying exam.
  • For several master's programs (as defined by the "guide"), there is either no need for a French exam or the exam is only of an informative nature and French proficiency is not needed.  
  • For doctoral programs, please check with the faculty/school or program concerned.

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REgistration fee

Holders of a foreign or international secondary degree are subject to an registration fee of CHF 65 to cover the costs of processing their applications. It is payable by credit card, PostFinance, Paysafecard, PayPalor or paypal (which allows payment through a transitional account). No other means of payment (for example, cash or check) is accepted.

The registration fee is deducted from the first semester’s university fees. It is not reimbursed in case of rejection, withdrawal, or incomplete application, regardless of the reason.

For information on tuition fees, click here.