MA Translation

Applying to the MAs in Translation


What are the admission requirements?

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(1) To be admitted to the MA in Translation programme, you must either (A) be a student in your final year of the FTI’s Bachelor in Multilingual Communication programme, (B) fulfill the requirements to be admitted based on your application alone, (C) fulfill the admission requirements and pass the entrance exam:

  • (A) If you are in your final year of the FTI’s Bachelor in Multilingual Communication programme:
    As long as you don’t change your language combination, you will be admitted to the MA in Translation programme without having to sit for the entrance exams. To enroll, simply send an e-mail to Marie-Laure Cudet before 31 August 2019.

  • (B) If you hold a BA from another university in the same field of study, which is deemed to be equivalent:
    As long as you don’t change your language combination, the FTI may decide to admit you without you having to sit for some or all of the required tests.

    Exemption from the entrance exam
    You may request exemption from the entrance exams when registering online. The exemption committee will examine each application individually. To have an idea of how your previous degree compares to the FTI’s BA programme, look at the curriculum of the Bachelor in Multilingual Communication. In particular, pay attention to the number of translation credits required for each language combination.


  • (C) If you hold a degree in another field of study :
    You will have to sit for the FTI entrance exam.
    The entrance exam for the Master in Translation consists of an active language test (A), a test for each of your passive languages (B1, B2, B3) and a translation test from each of your passive languages to your active language.

    Exemption from the passive language test
    If you hold a diploma or certificate confirming that you have at least a C1 level in one of your passive languages under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, you may be exempt from that language test. If you are granted an exemption, your exam will be made up of the A language test and the corresponding B to A language translation test. (More information on exemption conditions).

    Other exemptions:
    If this is your second time sitting for the entrance exams, you can ask to be exempt from the tests that you passed the first time around.


(2) You must fulfill the registration requirements of the University of Geneva and hold a university degree. Read carefully through the registration requirements in particular those applicable to candidates who hold a non-Swiss degree.


Espace étudiant See also General Description of degree programmes.

 

What is the entrance exam?

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What does the entrance exam consist of?
You will be required to sit for an A language test, which assesses your writing skills and command of your native language; B language tests, which assess your writing skills and understanding of your passive languages; and translation tests from each of your passive languages to your native language. (Description of entrance examinations).

How strong do my language skills need to be?
We expect you to master your native language perfectly; you must demonstrate that you can write a text that is coherent, well-structured and stylistically on point. As for your passive languages, we recommend that you have at least a C1 level under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

When and where will the entrance exams take place?
The Faculty of Translation and Interpreting will hold entrance exams in Geneva and in other selected cities.

  • Dates of the entrance exams: April 23-25, 2019.
  • Entrance exam results will be published on 20 June 2019.

 

 

What do you have to do to register?

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You must submit two different applications:

Registering at the FTI

Enrolling at UNIGE

A) If you are in the last year of your BA at the FTI, 
you can register for the MA in Translation by sending an email to the student secretary, Marie-Laure Cudet, by 31 August 2019.

B) If you are not an FTI student, you have to register online.

Choose two, three or four languages to make up your language combination:
Your mother tongue or language of education is your A language, and you are expected to have a perfect command of it. Depending on your A language, you then have to choose two B languages (or “passive languages”), according to the language combination chart.

Documents you will need to provide

 

Online registration: Register online at the FTI from 2 October 2018 to 31 January 2019. For more information, see “Apply now!”.

Online enrollment: Enroll at the University of Geneva through the online platform of the Registrar’s office. You can enroll from 2 January to 30 April 2019. For more information, see “Apply now!”.

Once your application has been validated, you will receive an email confirming that you are registered at the FTI. You must confirm that you have received the email by the deadline given. By the end of February, you will receive a letter convocating you to the exam session along with your exam schedule (or a letter confirming that you are exempt from the exams, if applicable).

If you need a visa to study in Switzerland, you must send your enrollment application to the Registrar’s office by 28 February 2019.


If you don’t have French in your language combination, you will be required to sit for the University's French exam (separate from the FTI’s entrance exams), unless you have been granted exemption under the enrollment conditions.

You will officially be admitted to the FTI once your enrollment application has been accepted and you have passed the entrance exams.

 

Apply now!

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Here are the three steps to apply:

1) Create an ORISIS account

You will receive a confirmation email asking you to validate your account.

(If you are already enrolled at UNIGE, please use the username and password that you created when first registering on ORISIS; it should be associated to your private email address. If you are unable to access your account, please create a new account using your @etu.unige.ch.)

2) Registering at the FTI

Register online for the entrance exams through the Faculty’s online registration page using your email and ORISIS password

Registration is open from 2 October 2018 to 31 January 2019.

3) Enrolling at UNIGE

Using your ORISIS username and password, submit your online enrollment application to the Registrar’s office of the University of Geneva.

Registration is open from 2 January to 30 April 2019. Applicants who need a visa to study in Switzerland must apply by 28 February 2019.

(Applicants who have been unenrolled from UNIGE should contact the Registrar’s office directly through the admissions.unige.ch platform from 1 June to 15 August 2019 to reenroll.)

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.
The tuition fee is 500 Swiss francs per semester.

 

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