Updated 9 July
A number of initiatives have been launched by student associations, staff members, university entities and other groups in response to the current crisis.
Updated 9 July
Financial Aid from March to August 2020
Starting on 24 March and until the end of August, 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.
This financial support plan 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.
The health and welfare team is available for any more information.
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)
Updated 21 April
For UNIGE students
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.
For UNIGE employees
Within the Pôle Cité FPSE, the Psychology Section offers UNIGE staff members a telephone hotline for psychological counselling, support and advice 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, active from 1 April 2020. The number of the hotline is
022 37 99 200 (French only)
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 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.
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).
For UNIGE students
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)
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, Tuesdays and Thursdays (Friday subject to change). From 8 June (food emergency phase 2) until the end of August or even mid-September.
Morning schedule: 9:00 am-1:00 pm Afternoon schedule: 1:30-5:30 pm
If you are interested in this mission, please let know your availability by e-mail at: or by phone at +41 (0)78 692 90 80.
For UNIGE students
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/
For UNIGE students and employees
The University's medical students are on hand to provide mental health advice on their dedicated Facebook page.
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.