Applying for the BA in Multilingual Communication

What are the admission requirements?

To study at the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and be admitted to the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting (FTI), you must:

  • Fulfill the enrollment requirements of UNIGE.

You must hold a secondary school diploma (maturité gymnasia, maturité suisse, French Baccalaureate or a diploma deemed to be equivalent). You are required to familiarise yourself with the Admissions Guide and the University's official enrollment conditions .
In the latter document, you will find enrolment conditions that are specific to the FTI, which are outlined in “ PROCEDURES ET CONDITIONS D’ADMISSION PARTICULIERES ”, as well as conditions for holders of a non-Swiss diploma.

  • Fulfill the FTI's admission conditions

You must choose three languages for your combination. Your A language is your mother tongue or language of education. We expect you to have a perfect oral and written command of this language. Based on your A language, you can select your two B languages (also called “passive languages”) from the language combination chart. These three languages make up your language combination.

Also have a look at the general description page for this degree.

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What does the entrance exam consist of?

You will be required to sit for three different tests:

  • An A language test , to assess your writing skills and knowledge of your native language.
  • A test for each of your B languages  that allows us to assess your writing skills and understanding of your non-native languages.

See the description of the BA entrance exam, the description of the Italian Sign Language (LSI) entrance exam and the possible language combinations.

What level of proficiency is required?
You must have a perfect command of your A language. You should be able to write a text that is logical, well-structured and written in a suitable style. With regard to your passive languages, we recommend that you have at least a B2 level under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Exemption from the passive language tests:
You may be exempt from a B language test if you hold
a diploma or certificate confirming that you have at least a B2 level in that language under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, or if you have completed a minimum of two years of secondary school or university education with that language as the language of instruction, or if your high school marks meet our exemption criteria. Please look at the conditions for being exempt from the B language tests for the Ba. Exemptions are not granted for Italian Sign Language (LSI).

Please note that it may not be in your best interest to request an exemption for a strong B language, since you will not be able to use that language to compensate for potential weaknesses in your other B language; your average will then be based on two marks instead of three. If you are granted an exemption for both B languages, your admission will be entirely based on your A language exam results.

Other exemptions: 
If this is your second attempt at the entrance exam, you can ask to be exempt from the tests you passed on your first attempt and request that those grades be retained (A and B languages
). However, your exam results are only valid for a year.

Applicants who don't have French in their FTI language combination must also sit for UNIGE's French exam (a basic language test that is independent of the FTI's entrance exam), unless you meet the University's exemption conditions.

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When and where will the entrance exam take place?

The entrance exam will take place online from 16 to 18 April 2024.
Results will be published on 14 June 2024.

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How do I apply to the FTI


  • How do I register for the FTI entrance exams?

    • Registration period: from 2 October 2023 to 28 February 2024


You don't have a SWITCH edu-ID login with the University of Geneva

What is the SWITCH edu-ID?

Create an account using your private email address:

- Having problems creating your account?
Ask for help !

You already have a SWITCH edu-ID login with the University of Geneva

Use your UNIGE address and the corresponding SWITCH edu-ID password to sign in.

Log in to to verify that your profile also includes a personal e-mail address. If not, please add one.

- Having issues logging in to your account?
Ask for your password to be reset.



Prepare all the documents that you need to submit to register for the FTI's entrance exams

See the list of documents you need to prepare and scan to register for the entrance exams



Register for the entrance exams on the FTI's online platform

You don't have a SWITCH edu-ID login with the University of Geneva Use the SWITCH edu-ID that you created in step 1 to connect to the FTI's registration platform and register for the entrance exams.
You already have a SWITCH edu-ID login with the University of Geneva Use your UNIGE address and the corresponding SWITCH edu-ID password to sign in and register for the FTI's entrance exams.



The FTI will send you confirmation of your registration by email

Check your private email regularly (including your spam folder), as the university will be using this address to send you information.


  • How do I enroll at UNIGE?
    Apply online to the Admissions Office for enrolment:

    • Enrollment period: from 15 January to 28 February 2024 – for applicants with nationalities that are required to apply for a visa for a stay of more than 90 days (regardless of your current place of residence, unless you hold a Swiss permit that is valid past 30 April)

    • Enrollment period: from 15 January to 30 April 2024 – for applicants who are not required to apply for a visa.

Being enrolled at the University means that the University has given a student permission to register in a faculty and take the courses, seminars and workshops necessary to obtain a university degree. You cannot study at UNIGE without being enrolled.

The tuition fee is CHF 500 per semester of study for both Swiss and foreign students.

Please note that

your admission to the FTI will only be validated once:

* you have passed the FTI's entrance exam


* the University has accepted your enrollment application

Applicants must therefore go through two different application processes. If you do not follow this procedure, you will not be able to study at UNIGE.

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Student Secretariat

Admissions and enrolment

Marie-Laure CUDET
Campus building: Uni Mail
Office: 6256
Telephone: +41 (0)22 37 98708
email: admission-fti(at)

Office hours: Monday - Thursday, 10:00 - 12:00 am / 2:00 - 4:00 pm



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