Update: July 20, 2021

Information on exchange registrations for 2021-2022

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.


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, 19 partner institutions from 8 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.



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Swiss exchange programme






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

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.