BA in Multilingual Communication

  • Are you interested in communication? Ever thought about making it your career?
  • Want to contribute to this multicultural world?
  • Are you passionate about languages? Can you imagine yourself working in an international field?
  • Do you like traveling, discovering new cultures and developing new linguistic skills?
  • Can you see yourself studying at a world-renowned faculty in Geneva that is at the heart of Europe and the centre of the international organization community?

If so, then this is the programme for you!

The programme

  • 3 languages : A-B1-B2
  • 9 modules in 3 years
  • 6 areas of study:
    • Translation
    • Language and civilization
    • Computer science and working methods
    • Language technology
    • Intercultural communication
    • Specialized communication

A distance-learning programme is available for students with the language combination AR-FR-EN. Distance learners share the same curriculum and study regulations as on-campus students. For more information, go to the web page of the Arabic unit or write to

French Sign Language is one of the passive languages offered at the FTI. For more information, go to the accessibility page of the TIM department. If you have any questions, please contact us at

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  • To develop versatile skills in multilingual communication and linguistic mediation:
    • Master your working languages
    • Develop excellent oral, written, and textual analysis skills
    • Learn to translate (practice and methodology)
    • Familiarize yourself with translation technology
    • Understand the values and references specific to a culture in a multilingual context
    • Learn the basics of law, economics, and other specialized fields
  • Prepare for an MA in Translation (direct access to the FTI’s programme after the Bachelor), MA in Interpreting, or other degrees in communication and applied languages

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Our BA degree can lead to a career in many different fields:

  • Translation
  • Interpreting
  • Mutilingual specialized communication
  • Language engineering
  • Multilingual document management
  • Public relations
  • International relations
  • Media

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180 ECTS credits:

  • Mandatory courses:
    • 120 credits in translation, language and civilization, computer science and working methods, language technology, intercultural communication and specialized communication
    • 30 credits in your B language from another university in Switzerland or abroad
  • Electives:

The programme begins in the Autumn semester of each year, and takes 6 semesters to complete. Courses are taught in the languages from your combination, and in French (or English in some cases).

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Studying abroad

You will be required to study abroad for a semester (unless you have been granted an exemption) at a Swiss or foreign university that corresponds to your B1 or B2 languages (Directives: study abroad/in other universities).

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How to apply

Applying for the BA in Multilingual Communication

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Useful links and documents

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