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 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.

  • 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 do the entrance exams 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.

Description of the BA admission exams

Check out 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. Please look at the conditions for being exempt from the B language tests for the Ba. Exemptions are not granted for French Sign Language (LSF).

Other exemptions: 
If this is your second attempt at the entrance exams, 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 admission exams), unless you meet the University's exemption conditions.

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When and where will the entrance exams take place?

In 2020, entrance examinations were held remotely. Planning for the 2021 entrance examinations is underway and details will be provided at the beginning of September.

  • Entrance exam dates: 6 to 8 April 2021

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What do I have to do to apply?

  • How to apply to the FTI

Register online for the entrance exams:

 *from 1 October 2020 to 31 January 2021, which is the final deadline to apply.

a) Begin by setting up your ORISIS account (you can use this login for the whole application process).

b) Sign up for the entrance exams on the FTI's online platform using your ORISIS login details. See the list of documents you need to prepare and scan in order to register for the entrance exams.

(If you are already enrolled at UNIGE, please use the username and password that you created when first registering on ORISIS; it is likely linked to your private email address. If you are unable to access your account, please create a new one using your address))

You will receive confirmation of your registration for the extrance exams by email. Before the end of February, you will receive an invitation to the exam session, along with your exam schedule.

  • How to enroll at UNIGE

Fill out the University of Geneva's online enrollment application, using your ORISIS login details. You must then print it out and send it to the Admissions Services

- from 4 January to 28 February 2021 for applicants with nationalities that are required to have a visa for a stay of more than 90 days (irrespective of your current place of residence, unless you hold a Swiss residence permit that is valid past 30 April)

- from 4 January to 30 April 2021 for applicants who do not need a visa for a stay of more than 90 days

Please ensure that you send off your enrollment application even if you have not yet received your results for the FTI's entrance exams!

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.

There is no fee to sit for the FTI entrance exams. However, there is a fee of CHF 65 for your UNIGE enrollment application.

Please note that

your admission to the FTI will only be validated once:

* you have passed the FTI's entrance exams


* 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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Contact information

Student secretary:

Information, admissions and registration.

Mme Marie-Laure Cudet
Building: Uni Mail
Office: 6256
Telephone: +41 (0)22 37 98708
Fax: +41 (0)22 37 98750
email: Marie-Laure.Cudet(at)

Office hours: Tuesday - Friday
10:00 am - 12:00 am / 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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