Complementary Certificate

Applying for the Complementary Certificate in Translation


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

What are the admission conditions?

You must:

  • Hold an MA in Translation from the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting (FTI) or a degree considered to be equivalent by the FTI exemption committee.
  • Pass the FTI entrance exams

Exemption from the complementary B language test:
You may be exempt from the passive language test if you hold a diploma or certificate confirming that you have at least a C1 level in your complementary B language under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, or if you have obtained a university degree in that language. If you are granted an exemption, your entrance exam will consist of a translation test from your complementary B language to your A language. See if your diploma may be accepted or if you fulfill the other conditions for exemption: Conditions for being exempt from the complementary B language test.

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

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What do the entrance exams consist of?

You will be required to sit for two different tests: 

  • A B-language test that allows us to assess your writing skills and understanding of your passive language.
  • A translation test from your B language to your A language.

 Description of the CCT admission exams

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 an appropriate style. As for your B language, we recommend that you have at least a C1 level under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Can I be exempt from the passive language test?

Yes, if you fulfill the exemption conditions applicable to your complementary B language.

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 admission exams take place?

The entrance exams will take place in Geneva.

  • Entrance exam dates: 14 to 16 April 2020
  • Results will be published on 19 June 2020

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What do you have to do to apply?

Please note that

you may only be admitted to the FTI if:

* 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.


  • How to apply to the FTI

Register online for the entrance exams:

- from 7 October 2019 to 31 January 2020, 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 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 address)

You will receive confirmation of your registration for the extrance exams by email. By 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 6 January to 28 February 2020 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 6 January to 30 April 2020 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!

If you are already enrolled and studying at UNIGE, make a request to change faculties or apply to register in a second faculty by the given 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 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 the FTI 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.

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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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