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:

What are the FTI's admission conditions ?

You must:

  • (A) pass the entrance exam
  • (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 exam.

(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 exam 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:
as long as you do not change language combinations, you will be admitted to the MA in Translation programme without having to sit for the entrance exam (on condition that you have passed all your BA exams). To register for the MA, you simply have to send an email to Marie-Laure Cudet before 31 August 2022.

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

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What does the entrance exam consist of?

Description of the entrance exam

You will have to pass a test for each of your language pairs (B-A) :

By language pair, we mean the combination of your A language with one of your B languages. You must sit for a test for each of your pairs (B1-A, B2-A, B3-A), which will allow us to both verify your knowledge and writing skills in your native language (A), as well as your understanding of your passive languages (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.

Each of the tests will be marked on a scale from 0 to 6. In order to pass the entrance exam, you must obtain a minimum mark of 4 on one or several of the language pair tests.

What happens if I fail?

If all of your marks are below 4, you will not be able to begin the MA in Translation programme the following academic year. You do, however, have the option of sitting for the entrance exam a second time.
If your mark is below 4 for one language pair, but you obtain at least 4 for your other language pairs, you can resit the test that you have failed. In the meantime, you can begin your studies with the language combination for which you have been accepted.

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 languages, we recommend that you have at least a C1 level under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

B2 level of French for applicants who don't have French in their language combination

Besides passing the FTI entrance exam, the University requires you to have at least a B2 level in French to enrol. Go to the University's webpage for information on the French exam and verify whether or not you fulfil one of the exemption conditions. If this is not the case, you can either submit one of the diplomas listed on the page (see section two of “Exemption from the French exam”) or sit for the French exam.
If you decide to sit for the exam, the University's admission services will have you write it in Geneva two to three weeks before the beginning of the semester. If you fail, you will not be able to begin your studies at the FTI.

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 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 on our online platform.

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

    • The registration period is extended from 1 September 2022 to 30 April 2023 for applicants with a diploma equivalent to the FTI’s BA in Multilingual Communication.
      To see how your previous degree compares, refer to the curriculum of our BA programme. In particular, see if the number of credits in translation per language pair is equivalent.


    If you are in the final year of your BA at the FTI or already enrolled in the MA programme and wish to add a language to your combination, register to add a language on the online platform (“Ajout de langue”) and scan the necessary documents


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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?
    Submit your enrollment application:

    • applicants with nationalities that are required to apply for a visa for a stay of more than 90 days in Switzerland (irrespective of your current place of residence, unless you hold a Swiss residence permit that is valid past 30 April) and holders of a BA from a non-Swiss university must submit their enrollment application from 2 January 2023 to 28 February 2023;

    • applicants who are not required to apply for a visa and who hold a BA from a Swiss university must submit their enrollment application from 2 January 2023 to 30 April 2023;

    • applicants who are admitted based on their application file and applicants who hold an equivalent Swiss or non-Swiss BA degree must submit their enrollment application from 1 March 2023 to 30 April 2023 (with a special access code).

- Use the SWITCH edu-ID login that you have created.
- Select SWITCH edu-ID from the drop-down menu (not University of Geneva) when logging in.

- Then 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 applying for enrollment:

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 of studies 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 exam. However, there is 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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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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