Students

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.

in-person exams

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 3 June

  • All teaching is place online during all spring 2020 semester.
  • Each instructor is responsible for informing his/her students of the online teaching method chosen, the schedule of activities and the individual work to be done.

Solutions for distance learning

Updated 1st April

In order to facilitate distance learning, the Teaching and Learning Support Centre (SEA) offers services and resources on Moodle in the section « réussir ses études » (French only / access with ISIS login).

Tutorials on distance working, advices on how to organise your courses and your exam sessions for the spring 2020 semester are also available. Starting on 6 April, Webinars will also be organised. Practical information (dates, schedules, links) will be posted on the same section.

Do you have any questions? Go to the forums associated with these tutorials on Moodle, exchange tips or share anything that might help your colleagues.

Another fun resource is the Teaching and learning support Centre’s Facebook page (French only), where a “daily tip” is given.

Updated 31 March

Starting on 24 March and until further notice, emergency financial aid is available to UNIGE and HES-SO  Geneva students, in accordance with the directives on one-off financial aid (in French only) and their addenda (in French only). Students can request this emergency financial aid if, because of the coronavirus measures in place, they are in financial difficulty or no longer have the income to meet their needs.

Starting on 31 March, thanks to the help of several foundations, UNIGE is extending its financial aid and is launching a financial support plan, renewed on a monthly basis and that could be extended into July and August. It includes five different types of support : income replacement, housing aid, aid to cover medical expenses, aid to purchase computer equipment and grants extension. All students who request to take leave during the spring semester will have their semester tuition fees reimbursed.

> Read more and request aid

The health and welfare team is available for any more information.

 

 

Updated 2 July 2020

Private travel

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.

Spring 2020 semester  - situation

Despite the complicated situation with COVID-19, the Universities adapted themselves quickly by offering the continuation of courses and the organization of online exams, allowing students to continue their exchange remotely. Only a very small number of universities cancelled the spring semester and mobility was interrupted for a minority of students: about 20% of outgoing exchange students  and about 25%  of incoming exchange students.

The closure of the borders caused a massive homecoming; in fact, less than half of the incoming exchange students remain in Geneva. Half of our outgoing exchange students have also chosen to return home while continuing their online mobility programme.

All the students who are in quarantine or unable to return to Switzerland, please contact Daniela.Sauge(at)unige.ch.

Autumn 2020 semester  -  situation

Incoming exchange students

To date, various options are being analyzed  for the autumn 2020 semester in order to take an institutional decision quickly; applications are registered as usual, but we draw the attention of our partners to the difficulties in obtaining a visa at the moment. For the moment, in accordance with the Federal Council decision, entry into Switzerland is denied to all persons with the exception of those from Liechtenstein for a maximum period of six months. Exceptions are possible, e.g. for persons living or working in Switzerland.

In case of cancellation of the mobility by the partner, a postponement to the spring semester is only possible if our students are offered a reciprocal offer.

Outgoing exchange students

Some partners have decided to cancel the autumn semester 2020; the concerned students  have been informed personally.

However, for the large majority of universities, the exchanges are maintained for the moment, and our partners are receiving the applications of our students as planned for 2020-2021, as they are nominated.

Concerning the procedures, once we receive our partner's response, we encourage our students to make the necessary arrangements for their visas and residence permits, but we recommend that they incur no non-refundable costs, whether for travel or accommodation.

 

Updated 19 June

No change to the exam schedule

The exam session for the May-June exam session goes ahead as scheduled to enable as many students as possible to complete their semester. The Rectorate has issued a directive setting out the framework for these exam sessions. The dates initially announced by the Faculties and interfaculty Centres and Institutes for the end of this semester’s classes and for the May-June 2020 exam sessions remains the same.

online session

During the May/June session, all exams will be conducted online and in keeping with the principles set out above. They will be monitored and checked, as is always the case with on-site exams. Various tools will be used for this purpose, including plagiarism detection software for written exams and Zoom features for oral exams and group assessments.  In any event, all exams will be based on a relationship of trust between you and the University. As part of this, you will be asked to sign an honor pledge, which is a standard practice in numerous universities.

Failed exams does not count

If you do not obtain the credits for a given course following the May-June 2020 exam session, the fail does not be counted as an attempt and study completion deadlines will be extended where necessary. This rule applies to all affected courses. Each Faculty and interfaculty Centre and Institute will determine how this will be implemented.

Students who don't show up for an exam in the May-June 2020 exam session are  automatically excused. Their absence does not count as an attempt. Study completion deadlines will be extended where necessary, and this rule will apply to all affected courses. Each Faculty and interfaculty Centre and Institute will determine how this will be implemented.

The above rules do not apply to competitive exams (including those for first-year medical students and the entrance exams for the FAPSE primary education course).  The Faculties and interfaculty Centres and Institutes concerned has informed their students.

On-site Exams for students who are unable to take their exams online

If students are unable to take their exams online for technical reasons or because they do not have a suitable place to work, the Rectorate is setting up workstations that they are able to use with thir own laptop, in Uni Dufour and Uni Mail.

However, current public-health measures puts serious constraints on this option.  This option is possible only if the student meets the criteria and really have no other choice. More information available from the faculties and interfacultary centres.

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 have been 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.

Evaluation methods

The new evaluation methods comply with the need to guarantee consistent and equal treatment, and take account of the exceptional study conditions during this semester.

The evaluation methods for the May-June and August-September 2020 exam sessions have been communicated to the students by the Faculties and interfaculty Centres and Institutes.

Evaluation methods for the Faculty of economics and management

Evaluation methods for the Faculty of medicine

Evalutation methods for the Faculty of humanities

Evaluation methods for the Faculty of Law

Evaluation methods for Law School (Ecole d'avocature)

Evaluation methods for the Faculty of theology

Evalutation methods for the Global Studies Institute

Evaluation methods for the Geneva School of social sciences

Evaluation methods for the Faculty of translation and interpreting : June session / August-September session

Evaluation methods for the Pharmaceutical Sciences Section

 Evaluation methods for the Faculty of sciences

Evaluation methods for the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences

 

 

 

Updated 26 June

In September 2020, the new academic year will start off primarily on site – classrooms, lecture halls and other campus facilities will be open, although the hygiene rules in place at that time will apply. There will also be a large online component to the new academic year, as we draw on the remote teaching skills we developed this past semester to enhance the quality of the education proposed by UNIGE. There will be specific rules governing the use of classrooms and lecture halls, based on the public-health recommendations issued by the authorities and in line with the needs of the University community. More details will be given, at the latest two weeks before the start of the autumn semester.

 

Updated 26 June

Starting on 8 June, libraries has reopened progressively for students and UNIGE/HUG staff members. Libraries opens to the general public as of 29 June. The Library's maximum capacity has been significantly reduced as a result of the 1.5-meter rule. As the Library is likey to get busy during the exam periods, which start on 27 July, priority will be given to the UNIGE/HUG community; UNIGE students and staff members will be required to show their multiservices card.

The library loan service reverts to the standard procedures. The "digitization on demand" service for book chapters and articles remains available throughout the summer. Users can also scan the desired documents on the site.

Opening hours for each library can be found on the Library website.

The number of users in library reading rooms can be consulted in real time via the UNIGE mobile app.

> Opening hours and receptions conditions

scientific information

Remote support for students (online documentary research) is reinforced:

Temporary access to a wider range of digital resources, available 24/7:

  • 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);

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 April

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During this period of confinement, it is essential that UNIGE students can continue to express themselves and to be listened to. The psychological service of the University's Health Centre provides them with a telephone hotline: +41 22 379 74 41.

They can contact a psychologist in the department directly, 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 possibility of making an appointment with the psychologists who are available to them and offer confidential interviews electronically.

The sessions are temporarily free of charge.

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.

> Read more

Updated 3 June 2020

The Admissions Office, the Pôle santé social and the Career Centre receive students on site as of 8 June, including for individual meetings, and will also continue to offer the remote services developed since 16 March. Students can therefore opt for the type of contact that suits them best. The secretariats of faculties and centres will also reopen. The opening hours of different services can be found on their respective websites.

Sports and cultural activities are also picking up again: the University tennis club and the squash club are reopening. Other leisure activities will start again progressively during the summer. All online classes and activities scheduled since 16 March will also continue.

Find the resources and services offered to students on the Campus Life page.

 

March 9, 2020
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