CORONAVIRUS

Update: February 7, 2022

Information on exchange registrations for 2022-2023

We are pleased to note that despite uncertainties related to the health situation and the numerous exchange cancelations that we have received in recent months, our students continue to make plans for exchanges. 799 students enrolled this year, compared to 674 for 2020-2021 and 637 for 2021-2022.

 

For the Spring 2022 semester

On July 20, 2021, we received the first announcements of exchange cancellations for the Spring 2022 semester. To date, 9 partner institutions from 4 countries (Australia, Brazil, Canada and China) have sent us such messages; the situation is improving, as McGill University has reversed its decision of last October. 

 

OUT

Announced Spring 22

Registered Spring 22

Destinations outside Europe

134

99

Destinations in Europe

176

143

Destinations in Switzerland

19

18

Total

329

260

 

IN

Announced Spring 22

Registered Spring 22

World

135

133

Europe

101

96

Swiss exchange programme

10

10

Total

246

239

 

For the Autumn 2021 semester

On February 19, 2021, we received the first announcements of exchange cancellations for the Autumn 2021 semester. To date, 21 partner institutions from 9 countries (among which Australia, Canada, Japan and Sweden) have sent us such messages.  Some students have also given up their exchange for the fall 2021 semester, mainly for family reasons.

 

OUT

Announced Fall 21

Registered Fall 21

Destinations outside Europe

152

92

Destinations in Europe

156

120

Destinations in Switzerland

56

46

Total

364

258

 

IN

Announced Fall 21

Registered Fall 21

World

76

74

Europe

256

219

Swiss exchange programme

30

30

Total

362

323

Organization of the office

The academic exchange office continues to receive students every day from 10:00 to 12:30 at MR050.

For further information, please contact our team according to your status.


Informations For incoming Students

If entry into Switzerland, or exit from your country is not possible, your academic exchange shall be recognized if you take your classes online, only if your institution accepts this exchange modality and agrees to award the credits.

No scholarship shall be paid out if courses are taken online from the student’s home country. 

Information For outgoing students

Reminder: exchanges are validated when students go to their destination, regardless of the format of courses offered by the partner university. Given the current situation, a new regulation has been adopted by the rectorate:

The academic exchange shall also be recognized when the courses at the partner institution are taken online, regardless of the place of residence under the following conditions, valid for both incoming and outgoing exchanges:

  1. entry into the country, or exit from the country, is impossible
  2. the Faculty accepts this new exchange modality, approves the courses selected, and agrees to award the full amount of credits for an exchange as stipulated in the plan of study, and confirms that the exchange is indispensable for the student in question
  3. the partner offers online courses and accepts the application.

No scholarship shall be paid out if courses are taken online from the student’s home country.

Students wishing to benefit from this format must prove our service that conditions 1 and 2 are met.

Please note that students are required to hold accident and health insurance policies as well as repatriation insurance; these policies should be valid throughout the exchange period. Additionally, we recommend purchasing cancellation insurance when buying airplane tickets.

Before traveling to another country, you are strongly advised to seek information from the embassies or consulates for your destination country. In all cases, it is absolutely essential to carefully follow rules of hygiene and behavior recommended by the Federal and Cantonal health authorities. Members of the university community must also be aware of UNIGE’s policy regarding risk areas.