French proficiency exam for Bachelors' programmes

In order to study at the University of Geneva, you are required to have a good level of French (B2 level). If you do not meet this requirement, or if you are unable to provide proof of your language proficiency, you must sit for a French exam. We strongly advise you to sit for exams in your home country that will exempt you from the University French exams.

Candidates required to sit for the French exam

  • Check the requirements per country (or if you can be exempted)
  • Candidates who are required to take the French exam will be notified by e-mail once we have received their application to register at the University.

Special conditions for the following Faculties/ School

  • The Faculty of Humanities (including the School of French language and Civilization) requires you to sit for a more comprehensive exam, which includes a supplementary writing test. See details
  • Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM) : all candidates are required to sit for the French exam except those who can be exempted at the time they apply; candidates who fail the French exam may still be enrolled in that bachelor's programme if they can fulfil one of the two conditions:
    • they obtained their secondary school or university degree from an English-speaking institution (the official documents must clearly state that the language of instruction is English);
    • have passed one of the official language tests
  • Faculty of Translating and Interpreting (FTI): see details

Exam period

  • Candidates applying for the Fall semester (September - February) will sit for the exam either at the end of August or the beginning of September.
  • Those applying for the Spring semester (February - September) will write the exam at the beginning of February.

--> The exact date of their exam will be writen on the document “Attestation d’immatriculation” sent to the candidates.


There is a fee of CHF 100 to register for the French exam.

Duration, structure and sample exams

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