Students

2021-2022 Academic year

Updated 18 January 2022

January-February 2022 examination session

The January-February 2022 examination session will be held in person, in accordance with the decree adopted on 8 December by the Geneva State Council and the decisions announced by the Federal Council on 17 December.

Compulsory Covid Certificate for all exams

The examination session will be subject to the compulsory presentation of the Covid certificate or the UNIGE negative test attestation. This provision applies to both students and teachers present in the room where the exam is being held. Please take into account the time-lapse needed to obtain the test results.

Examination procedures are determined and communicated by the faculties, centres and interfaculty institutes.

Covid Absences

Absences due to illness will be excused upon presentation of a medical certificate. Any quarantine or isolation measures also constitute a valid reason and absences will be excused upon presentation of an official document from the cantonal medical service or the health authority of your place of residence.

Written exams

Masks must be worn throughout the examination.

Oral exams

Masks must be worn throughout the examination.

Teachers can organise their oral examinations entirely remotely, for all registered students. In this case, the teacher communicates the connection information directly to the students several days before the exam. The student covered by a medical certificate (positive or contact case) has the possibility to be excused even if the exam is remote. If the student chooses to sit the exam remotely, the mark obtained cannot be cancelled due to illness.

Teaching during 2021 automn semester

During the 2021 fall semester, classes are taught in person, with a COVID certificate or UNIGE negative test certificate required to access to classrooms, both for students and teaching staff. The classrooms can be used to their full capacity and face mask is mandatory. The course content is accessible by distance learning throughout the academic year. Audio or video recording or streaming of all lectures is provided for those who are unable to attend. Exceptions to in-person teaching are possible when specific teaching methods have been chosen by the teachers.


All of these provisions also apply to continuing teaching, UNI3 and free auditors.

In-person teaching is a key part of higher education – it ensures that all members of our community can interact, debate ideas and share their knowledge, and it enhances the social side of university life, too.

UNIGE shares this conviction with all Swiss universities. "A quality education is not limited to the transmission of knowledge and methods, but also and above all includes the ability to analyse complex issues, to argue in a differentiated manner, to think in a network and to respectfully confront other ideas and opinions. These facets of higher education are closely linked to in-person teaching," as swissuniversities emphasised in a recent position paper.