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 18 to 20 April 2023.
Results will be published on 16 June 2023.

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How do I apply to the FTI


  • How do I register for the FTI entrance exams?
    Register at the FTI and sit for the entrance exams.

    • Registration period: from 1 September 2022 to 28 February 2023


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What is the SWITCH edu-ID?

Create an account using your private email address:

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Prepare all the documents required to register

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



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

- Use your « SWITCH edu-ID » account (see 1st step) to connect to the FTI's online registration platform.

- Select Private Person or Compte personnel (French version) if your identity is linked to at least one institution.

- After taking note of these messages, you can begin registering for the FTI 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 for enrolment online, then send your application along with all the necessary documents by mail to the Admissions Office:

    • Enrollment period: from 15 January 2023 to 28 February 2023

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

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


* 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: Marie-Laure.Cudet(at)

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

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