CORONAVIRUS

Update: May 10, 2021

Information on exchange registrations for 2021-2022

The registration deadline for outgoing exchanges to destinations in Europe and outside Europe passed on Tuesday 1 December 2020. 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.

The figures below detail registrations for outgoing exchanges to destinations outside Switzerland. The deadline for outgoing exchanges within Switzerland is 1 March 2021. Numbers on incoming exchanges for the Autumn 2021 semester will also become available in the Spring.

Numbers for students who have registered for an exchange in Europe or outside Europe, regardless of the semester, are:

 

2020-2021*

2021-2022**

Change

Number of students registered

674

637

-5.5%

* Registered in December 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic
** Registered in December 2020

 

For the Autumn 2021 semester

Months are passing and the situation is struggling to improve. On February 19, 2021, we received the first announcements of exchange cancellations for the Autumn 2021 semester. To date, 9 partner institutions from 5 countries (among which Australia, Canada and Sweden) have sent us such messages.  Some students have also given up their exchange for the fall 2021 semester, mainly for family reasons.

The process wherein exchange slots are attributed is now completed; at the current time, the numbers for outgoing exchanges are as follows:

Attributions:

 

Year 21-22

Fall 21

Spring 22

Total

Destinations outside Europe

64

88

134

286

Destinations in Europe

48

108

176

326

Destinations in Switzerland

20

36

 

56

 

For the Spring 2021 semester

On 21 July 2020, we received the first exchange cancellation notice for the Spring 2021 semester. To date, more than 32 partners in 14 countries, including Australia, Japan, Canada, the United States, and Netherlands have already canceled exchanges, resulting in changes to the plans of the numerous students who were to leave for those destinations.

Certain of those students had planned to leave for the Autumn semester, and had subsequently postponed their exchanges; these new cancellations have resulted in great disappointment, with some students deciding to completely cancel exchange plans and others choosing new destinations in Europe.

At the current time, the numbers for outgoing exchanges for the Spring (SP) semester are as follows:

 

OUT

Announced SP 21

Registered SP  21

Progression

Average SP*

Destinations outside Europe

150

32

21%

118

Destinations in Europe

154

83

54%

111

Destinations in Switzerland

16

13

81%

11

General Totals

320

128

42%

240

Alt-Mob GSI**

 

26

 

 

  *The average corresponds to the average of students who left for an exchange programme in the spring semester in the last three years.
** The alternative exchange program offered by the GSI to BARI students allows them to benefit from an international experience despite the cancellation of their exchange.

 

IN

Registered SP 21

In Geneva

Difference from the average

Average SP*

World

25

25

13%

187

World online**

15

   

 

Europe

82

82

139%

59

Europe online**

13    

 

Swiss exchange programme

19

13 158%

12

General Totals

154

120

60%

258

  *The average corresponds to the average of students who went on exchange in the spring semester in the last three years. 
**Given the current health situation, a new guideline has been accepted, allowing taking online classes from home if travel to the host country is not possible. This figure also includes the 16 exchange students participating in GSI's alt-mob program.

The increase is due to the large number of cancellations of non-European exchanges and the postponement of exchanges to 2021.

 

Organization of the office

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

If you are looking for a specific manager, please refer to the schedule below

Programme

Responsable

   Monday   

   Tuesday   

 Wednesday  

   Thursday     

 Friday  

IN - World

Mrs Claire Giordano       x

x

Mobilité suisse

Mrs Marisol Pedrosa

     

x

Internships (european students)

Mrs Marisol Pedrosa

x

     

x

OUT - World

Mrs Vera Sandoval    

x

   

OUT - Europe

Mrs Tanya Schaetzle  

x

     

The information desk is closed; you can reach Isabelle De Vinck by email guichetmobilite(at)unige.ch or by phone 022 379 80 86, everday except Wednesday from 10h to 13h


Informations For incoming Students

Concerning entry into Switzerland: if your government permits it and if you meet entry requirements (including obtaining a visa if necessary), it is possible to enter Switzerland. More information is available here: Entry by third-country citizens (non-EU/EFTA citizens) for education or training courses.

There are two possible scenarios on your arrival:

  1. You are arriving from a country that is not included on the list of countries and areas subject to quarantine, and in that case you will need to abide by the applicable hygiene and social distancing rules;
  2. You are arriving from a country included on the Swiss government’s list and you must quarantine for 10 days. The list of countries and regions, and other details on quarantine, are available on the Swiss government’s website ; as the list is frequently updated, you should check it regularly. Please bear in mind the following points:
  • The trip from your arrival point to your quarantine area can be made via public transport, while wearing a protective face mask;
  • You must wear a mask at all times, even in your residence, unless you live alone;
  • You have a period of two days in which to announce your arrival to the Cantonal health service;
  • If you experience symptoms of COVID-19 during quarantine, it is important to immediately inform the competent Cantonal authorities. They will inform you of what you should do, for example being tested.
  • All costs related to quarantine and the organization thereof are borne by you; you will find information here and here regarding food delivery services.

Reminder: wearing a mask is mandatory in university buildings. 

Spring Semester 2021

  •  Welcome Days will be online on Friday, February 19;
  •  Until at the earliest 1 April 2021, which is the date the Easter holiday begins, all teaching will remain online, except for classes requiring specific UNIGE equipment, premises or resources;
  • Libraries and cafeterias remain accessible;
  •  Your academic exchange shall also be recognized if you take your classes online, regardless of your place of residence, under the following conditions:
    1. entry into Switzerland, or exit from your country, is impossible
    2. your faculty accepts this new exchange modality, approves the courses selected, and agrees to award the credits for an exchange

    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.


Personal travel

UNIGE encourage members of its community to avoid unnecessary travel outside Switzerland, in accordance with recommendations from the Federal Office of Public Health.