MA Translation

Applying to the MAs in Translation


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

  • Fulfill the enrollment requirements of UNIGE and hold a university diploma
  • Fulfill the FTI's admission conditions

What are the admission conditions?

You must:

  • (A) pass the entrance exams
  • (B) fulfill the admission conditions based on your application file
  • or (C) be a student in your last year of the BA in Multilingual Communication at the FTI

(A) If you already hold a university diploma : You will still have to sit for the FTI entrance exams

Exemption from the passive language tests
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. Even if you are granted exemption from a passive language test, you will still have to sit for the active language test and the translation test from that B language to your A language. Please verify the applicable exemption conditions for the B language tests for the MA in Translation.

Other exemptions

If this is your second attempt at the entrance exams, you can ask to be exempt from the tests you passed on your first attempt  and request that those grades be retained (A and B languages). However, your exam results are only valid for a year.

(B) if you hold a BA in the same branch of studies and your diploma is deemed to be equivalent: if you do not change language combinations, the FTI may decide to admit you without requiring you to sit for some or all of the admission tests.

Exemption requests
You may request exemption from the entrance exams when registering online. The Faculty's 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 are in the last year of your BA in Multilingual Communication at the FTI:
if you don't change language combinations, you will be admitted to the MA in Translation programme without having to sit for the entrance exams. To register for the programme, simply send an e-mail to Marie-Laure Cudet before 31 August 2020.

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

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What do the entrance exams consist of?

You will be required to sit for the following tests:

  • An A language test to assess your writing skills and knowledge of your native language.
  • A test for each of your B languages, which allows us to assess your writing skills and understanding of your passive languages.
  • Translation tests from each of your B languages to your A language.

Description of the MA admission exams.

How strong do your language skill have to be?
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 passive languages, we recommend that you have at least a C1 level under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Applicants who don't have French in their FTI language combination must also sit for UNIGE's French exam (a basic language test that is independent of the FTI's admission exams), unless you meet the University's exemption conditions.

You must choose two, three or four languages for your combination.
Your A language is your mother tongue or language of education. We expect you to have a perfect command of this language. Based on your A language, you then have to choose one, two or three B languages from the language combination chart. Together, these languages make up your language combination.

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Where and when will the entrance exams take place?

In 2020, entrance examinations were held remotely. Planning for the 2021 entrance examinations is underway and details will be provided at the beginning of September.

  • Entrance exam dates: 6 to 8 April 2021

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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 1 October 2020 to 31 January 2021, 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

If you are already enrolled in one of the FTI's MA in translation programmes, or are in the last year of your BA at the FTI, and would like to add to your language combination, please register to "Add a language" on the online platform and scan the necessary documents.


  • 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 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 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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