Updated 21 August
The Career Centre offers the publication of job offers of all types (traineeships, student jobs and graduate jobs) free of charge to all employers (including UNIGE employees).
UNIGE students can apply by consulting the Career Center platform.
The recommended rates for student payment remain the same.
Updated 10 November 2020
Stronger financial support plan for 2020-2021 Academic year
A public-private partnership enables the UNIGE and the HES-SO Geneva to strengthen their financial support on a long-term basis.
At the start of the 2020 academic year, the procedures for processing applications were reshaped in order to reduce by half the processing time. As the second wave arrives, new adjustments were made to the plan: the aid is now open to students in second training and can be accumulated under certain conditions. > Discover the services available (French only)
The Social and Financial Service offers numerous punctual aids allowing students to get out of a temporary and unexpected financial difficulty (sudden and temporary loss of income, unexpected expenses, ...).
The Social and Financial Service is available for any further information.
Updated 29 January 2020
cross-boarder students commuters
Students resident in France who have to attend the UNIGE during curfew hours must must download the "Attestation de déplacement dérogatoire".
Students complete this document themselves for each journey by ticking the first box "Journeys between home and the place of work or an education or training establishment, business trips that cannot be postponed".
Incoming and outgoing exchange students
For information on the impact of the pandemic on the conditions of academic mobility and the guidelines for exchange students, read more on the Mobility reference page.
Private travel abroad
The UNIGE encourages the members of its community to follow the recommendations of the FOPH and to refrain from unnecessary travel abroad.
Before traveling abroad, you are strongly advised to contact the embassies or consulates of your country of destination. In all situations, it is essential that you respect to the letter the rules of hygiene and behavior established by the federal and cantonal health authorities. Members of the UNIGE community must also be aware of the UNIGE policy regarding risk areas.
return to Switzerland
From 8 February 2021, the following persons must present a negative PCR test carried out no more than 72 hours before their arrival:
a. persons who have stayed in a state or zone with a high risk of infection at any time during the 10 days prior to their entry into Switzerland;
b. persons entering Switzerland by air.
Updated 22 March 2021
The May/June 2021 exam session will also be held online, either from home or within university buildings. All students will be able to take the exams in work spaces within university buildings without having to fulfill any specific requirements. They will just have to sign up with their Faculty or Centre. This will prevent students from having problems relating to a poor internet connection or an unsuitable exam environment.
However, it may be possible to hold some exams in person, and exemptions will be determined by the Faculties and Centres in keeping with specific criteria and the exceptions set out in the COVID-19 ordinance on personal situations. In-person exams will be held in full compliance with health and safety measures, and a specific protection plan will be drawn up. The Centres and Faculties will communicate the details of each examination directly to the students concerned
Updated 21 August
During this period, it is essential that UNIGE students can continue to express themselves and to be listened to. The psychological service of the University's Health and Psychology Service provides them with a free telephone hotline: +41 22 379 74 41.
They can directly contact a psychologist in the service, who will listen to them in complete confidentiality and help them, if necessary, to refer them to the resources that will meet your expectations.
Students also have the opportunity to make an appointment with the psychologists who are available to them and who offer confidential face-to-face or electronic interviews.
Updated 6 October
Remote support for students (online documentary research) is reinforced:
Temporary access to a wider range of digital resources, available 24/7:
- New: Open access e-ressources;
- Access our collections of e-books, journals, newspapers and magazines, articles, databases, videos, films, music, etc. here (only accessible with VPN). You can also access these resources by discipline;
- To find free or Open Access digital resources, use the tips here;
More research assistance:
- For all general questions, use this form (French only);
- For bibliographical questions, contact Aide à la recherche. This service is also available by appointment via Zoom, telephone or institutional chat (CISCO Jabber);
- To request digital materials, use the designated form.
Training sessions adapted for distance learning:
- The e-learning platform InfoTrack, available in French and English, offers courses in the form of short and entertaining videos. This distance-learning tool provides useful guidance for writing academic papers (selecting and researching your topic, writing your bibliography, advice for avoiding plagiarism, etc.);
- On the training page, you will find a list of the upcoming Rendez-vous de l’info scientifique and Workshops, now offered in the form of webinars.
The Geneva medical student association (AEMG) is giving students the chance to offer their services temporarily. Students can sign up to provide clinical support at the Geneva University Hospital, childcare services or other assistance to individuals.
> To sign up (in French only)
> For more information (in French only)
volunteering - Distribution of food bags
Mission to assist in the preparation and distribution of food shopping bags in the decentralized sites of the city of Geneva and communes, under the responsibility of the Fondation Partage. About forty volunteers take turns in morning and afternoon shifts.
Location: Palexpo, hall 4, door 44-45, bus access 5
When: Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, except during the week of the Jeûne Genevois on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. From June 8 (phase 2 of the food emergency) until mid-September at Palexpo, then place to be determined for the rest.
Morning schedule: 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Afternoon schedule: 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Helping each other at UNIGE: sharing resources and staying in touch
The psychology student association has several Facebook pages that students can join so that they can help each other out and stay in touch.
The Conférence Universitaire des Associations d’EtudiantEs (CUAE) is working to safeguard the interests of UNIGE students by helping to ensure that they have the right study conditions and to improve their financial situation during this difficult time.
TAFL UNIGE is bringing the student and university community together during the pandemic through its "Decameron" project – a Discord server designed to help UNIGE students stay in touch during this crisis.
This is a free platform developed by a UNIGE student allowing students to buy and sell secondhand books and IT equipment. It is available (in French only) at https://www.unithek.ch/
The University's medical students are on hand to provide mental health advice on their dedicated Facebook page.
As part of our mission to support our local community, UNIGE is encouraging this kind of solidarity. Nevertheless, community initiatives are the sole responsibility of their organizers. It is up to them to ensure that everyone is kept safe by making sure that their members and other people involved in their initiatives meet the health and safety requirements issued by the relevant authorities – especially the requirements of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).
A number of other UNIGE student associations have rolled out similar initiatives. Don't hesitate to get in touch with them. The full list of associations and lots of other information are available (French only) at: https://agora.unige.ch/. Many initiatives are currently emerging, so please visit this page regularly.
Updated 16 April 2021
The easing of certain restrictions announced by the Federal Government makes it possible for some of these activities to resume in person. A much larger array of cultural activities is on offer from Monday, 19 April, and on Monday, 26 April, for sports. Detailed information will be available on both websites.
A student life webpage is now online. It covers three main topics: your studies, with tips on remote learning, accessing the platforms, using the resources available, and available training; practical matters, which covers administrative and financial aspects, such as accommodations and health care; and campus life, which provides information about the UNIGE community, including associations, sports, culture and career opportunities.
A new class-scheduling interface has also been launched.
Updated 16 April 2021
All Sping Semester 2021 teaching is hold online. Classes requiring access to specific UNIGE equipment, rooms or other resources are exempted from this rule and are allowed to be held in-person, with authorization granted on a case-by-case basis and provided health and safety rules are followed. This is the case, for example, for lab work, workshops, practicals, clinical work or exams that cannot be carried out remotely. The limited number of classes concerned are identified by the relevant dean's office or management team, who provide the students in question with a list of such classes.
Some other exceptions will be allowed starting on 19 April, particularly for lectures and seminars involving small groups of students and for which in-person teaching would bring highly tangible benefits. Classes taught in this way will have to comply with all of the public-health measures and requirements, with no more than 50 people in attendance in classrooms, which cannot exceed more than a third of normal capacity. Like all other classes taught this semester, these classes must also remain fully available online, so that students who are not in Geneva or cannot get to the University are not penalized. These classes must take place in the rooms initially assigned to them to avoid any knock-on effects that could prevent classes from being made available on mediaserver. Decisions on which classes can return to in-person teaching will be made and communicated by the faculty or center concerned.
The university infrastructure necessary to ensure the quality of research and education remains accessible to staff and students.
Updated on 28 May 2021
UNIGE encourages all those who wish to do so, staff members and students alike, to get vaccinated to protect themselves and others. Those of you who live in Geneva and wish to get vaccinated can do so by registering on the dedicated website, which is also opened to cross-border workers affiliated to the LAMal. People living in other cantons or abroad with no affiliation to the LAMal must register within the vaccination plans in their place of residence.
As it is sometimes difficult to postpone the vaccination appointments, teachers are asked to show the same tolerance towards students who should be vaccinated during class time, by excusing their absence. If the appointment is scheduled at the same time as an exam, we encourage the students concerned to reschedule their vaccination appointment. If they cannot do so, their absence will be excused under the same conditions that apply in case of illness and upon presentation of the appointment and the vaccination certificate.
Vaccination is not an alternative to protective measures that we must all continue to observe scrupulously.
The Infovac website, managed by the Center of Vaccinology of the University of Geneva, provides information on Covid-19 vaccination.