Complementary Certificates

Applying for the Complementary Certificate in Translation

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 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.

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.

Please note that

you may only be admitted to the FTI if:

* 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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