Complementary Certificate

Applying for the Complementary Certificate in Translation


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

What are the FTI's admission conditions?

You must:

  • Be the holder of an MA in Translation from the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting (FTI) or a degree deemed to be equivalent by the FTI exemption committee
  • Pass the FTI entrance exam

Also consult the general description page of the programme


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What does the entrance exam consist of?

Description of the CCT entrance exam

You will be required to sit for an exam that will test your knowledge of the language pair you would like to add (B-A)

By language pair, we mean the combination of your A language with your B language. You will be required to take a test (B-A) in order for us to verify your knowledge and writing skills in your native language (A), as well as your comprehension of your passive language (B).

The aim of the entrance exam is for us to ensure that applicants are able to understand the meaning and nuances of a text written in their passive language and express themselves perfectly in their active language.

For the summary component, you will be given a text in your B language. You will then be asked to present the main ideas of the text in your A language in a style that is fitting and natural. This exercise will require you to distinguish essential from nonessential information and present it in a well-structured form. When evaluating your A language skills, we will be looking at the wealth and precision of your vocabulary, as well as your command of spelling, syntax and punctuation.

The second part of the exam consists of questions that will test your understanding of specific nuances in the B language text. Your answers will also allow us to evaluate your written expression in your A language in a less restrictive context than the summary exercise.

The exam will be evaluated on a scale from 0 to 6. You need a minimum score of 4 to pass.

What happens if I fail?

If your score is below 4, you will not be able to begin the CCT programme the following academic year. You do, however, have the option of sitting for the entrance exam a second time.

How strong do my language skills need to be?

You must have a perfect command of your A language: you must be able to write a logical, well-structured text in an appropriate style. For your B language, we recommend that you have at least a C1 level under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

You must choose two languages for your combination.
Your mother tongue or language of education will be your A language. You should have perfect written command of this language. Based on your A language, you must choose a complementary B language (or “passive language”) from the language combination chart. Together, these two languages make up your language combination.

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Where and when will the entrance exam take place?

The entrance exam will take place online from 6 to 8 April 2021.
Results will be published on 4 June 2021.


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What do you have to do to apply?

  • How to apply to the FTI

Register online for the entrance exam:

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

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

b) Register for the entrance exam on the FTI's online platform using your ORISIS account. See the list of documents you need to scan in order to register for the entrance exam.

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

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


  • How to enroll at UNIGE

Fill out the University of Geneva's online enrollment application using your ORISIS login details. After submitting your online application, you must then print it out and send it by mail 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 send off your enrollment application even if you have not yet received your FTI entrance exam results.

If you are already enrolled and studying at UNIGE, make a request to change faculties or a request to change faculties or a request to be enrolled in a second faculty before the deadline.

If you have already been unenrolled, or will be unenrolled before the beginning of your first semester at the FTI, please request to be reenrolled before the deadline.

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

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

The FTI entrance exam is free of charge. There is, however, a fee of CHF 65 for your UNIGE enrollment application.

Please note that

you may only be admitted to the FTI if:

* you have passed the FTI's entrance exam

and

* 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)unige.ch

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


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