Updated 21 August
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.
To ensure compliance with the quarantine and self-isolation measures, all classes must be run in a way that does not require students to be physically present at the University, and teachers may wish to use the tools offered on the remote teaching website for this purpose. Classes given in University-equipped rooms are recorded and can be watched in real time or later on. Teachers who have come up with a hybrid teaching approach (in-person and remote) for the fall 2020 semester are encouraged to maintain it.
Each faculty and center sets its own rules about how hybrid teaching will take place and approves the teaching approaches on the basis of pedagogical criteria.
No change to the spring exam schedule
The dates initially announced by the Faculties and interfaculty Centres and Institutes for the end of this semester’s classes and for August-September 2020 exam sessions will remain the same.
Mix of online and in-person exam session
The federal and cantonal authorities have gradually loosened the public-health rules, which means that we can return to in-person exams provided that social distancing is maintained. The August/September 2020 exam session will therefore be a mix of online and in-person exams. In early July – at the latest ten days before the exam sign-up deadline – your faculty or centre will provide you with the details of how your exams will be run.
As a general rule, the Rectorate recommends that retakes of exams from the January/February 2020 session be conducted in person and those from the May/June 2020 session be conducted online. However, exceptions will be allowed, and this will be left up to each faculty or center's dean's office or direction team.
Exams counted as attempts
In keeping with the 25 March directive, if you have been automatically signed up for the August/September 2020 exam session, you will be able to withdraw from all or part of the session, following the procedure set out by your faculty or centre. Barring any exceptions authorized by your faculty or centre, the exams taken during the August/September 2020 session will count as attempts, and you will not automatically be excused if you fail to turn up for an exam.
To ensure the safety of all those involved, in-person exams will be run in strict compliance with the coronavirus-related public-health recommendations. All students who have signed up must attend the exams, even those at especially high risk.
Incoming exchange students who have returned home because of the public-health crisis and who cannot therefore take their exams in person must contact the designated person within their faculty or centre directly.
Requirements for continuing a study program
Faculties, centres and institutes are authorized to deviate from the current requirements for continuing a study program so that students can be granted a conditional pass for the year. Students will be informed of the new requirements once they have been approved by the relevant dean's office or management team.
Students called up for public service or supporting their community
Students who have been called up by the army, a hospital or another public institution can be granted leave for the 2020 spring semester. They must submit their request by 30 April 2020. All other students, especially those who are supporting their community, can also submit a request. Students who have been granted leave cannot take exams during the May-June or August-September 2020 exam sessions.
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 21 August
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. > 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 26 August 2020
Incoming exchange students
Concerning entry into Switzerland: if your government allows you to do so and if you meet the entry conditions (visa obtained if necessary...), entry into Switzerland is possible. Find more information here: Entry of third-country nationals for the purpose of training or further education (nationals of non-EU/EFTA states) .
There are two possible scenarios on arrival:
1. If you come from a country which is not included in the list of countries at risk, in this case, apply the health rules in force ;
2. You come from a country included on the list drawn up by the Confederation and you must carry out a 10-day quarantine. The list of countries and the details concerning quarantine can be found on the Confederation's website; 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 place of quarantine can be made by public transport, wearing a protective mask ;
- You must wear a mask at all times, even at your place of residence, unless you live alone;
- You have two days to notify the cantonal doctor of your arrival;
- In case of symptoms of the disease during the quarantine, it is important to inform the competent cantonal authorities immediately. They will decide how to proceed, e.g. whether to carry out a test.
- The costs related to quarantine and its organisation are your responsibility; You will find information on platforms for food delivery here and on this site .
The welcome session will take place on Friday 11th September on an online platform and if conditions allow, we will also be able to welcome students who are already in Geneva in person, in compliance with health standards.
As a reminder, masks must be worn in the university buildings. The mask can only be removed once students have returned to their place of work and as long as a distance of 1.5 metres can be respected at all times. It must be put back on for any movement.
Priority is given to face-to-face teaching for all courses; however, in order to allow for quarantine measures and isolation to be respected, all courses must also be able to be attended without physical presence at the University, more information is available on the website for learning support.
OUTgoing exchange students
As a reminder, mobility is recognised when the student travels to the destination, regardless of the format of the courses given by the partner university. Exceptions to this rule are students whose mobility is compulsory as for FIT or IHDS Master's students.
A number of partners have decided to cancel the mobility in the spring semester 2021; the students concerned have been informed and an alternative solution is being organised within the Academic Mobility Service.
Concerning the procedures, we remind our students that it is compulsory to have a health and accident insurance as well as a repatriation insurance valid during their exchange. In addition, we recommend that you take out cancellation insurance when you purchase your plane tickets.
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.
Updated 2 September
Libraries are open for UNIGE community and to general public.To ensure that you can work comfortably in the library while maintaining social distancing, work places have been spread out and the library’s capacity has been reduced. If you are in the library, you are therefore authorized to remove your face mask once you are seated, and if social distance of 1,5 meters is respected. You must put it on again when you stand up to leave. Given the reduction of library's capacity, priority will be given to the UNIGE/HUG community; UNIGE students and staff members will be required to show their multiservices card. These measures may be re-evaluated at any time, depending on changes in attendance.
It should also be noted that the library's Uni Mail site will be completely closed from 7 to 13 September 2020 due to lighting renovation work.
The loan operates under standard terms and conditions. The number of users in library reading rooms can be consulted in real time via the UNIGE mobile app.
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.
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 17 April
The deadline for applications for the autumn 2020 semester and the procedure for sending applications by post remain unchanged. Each application continues to be treated identically in order to assure an equal treatment. If any documents required according to the list in the guide are missing from an sent application, they remain required and must be provided as soon as possible via the admissions platform.
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 21 April 2020
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.
The Admissions Office, the Pôle santé social and the Career Centre receive students including for individual meetings, and also continue to offer the remote services. The secretariats of faculties and centres will also reopen. The opening hours of different services can be found on their respective websites.
Depending on the sanitary conditions, the sports courses will take place with traceability from 21 September. Registrations will start online from 15 September on the University Sports website.
The events offered by the Cultural Service (university film club, concerts, shows, etc.) will be held in person, in accordance with the current regulations specified on the page of each activity.