Registration for the 2022-2023 academic year is now closed and the program starting in September 2022 is full.

If you are interested in the program (academic year 2023-2024), we invite you to fill out this form. We will notify you when registration for the 2023-2024 academic year opens.


Eligibility criteria

To register to the program, you must:

  • Reside in the canton of Geneva (some exceptions may apply)
  • Have one of the following permits: N, F, B-refugee, C-refugee or B for family reunification; or be a Swiss national who has returned from living abroad (some exceptions may apply)
  • Be eligible for higher education and plan to further your studies (Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD or continuing education) at the University of Geneva, the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO Geneva), or the Graduate Institute (IHEID).
  • Have an acquired level of French at A1 (some exceptions may apply);
  • Have lived in Switzerland for a maximum of 5 years, (some exceptions may apply);
  • Not to exceed the financial limits of the Chèque annuel de Formation (CAF);
  • To have submitted an online application, accompanied by a curriculum vitae (CV), a copy of the residence permit, and, if available, copies of secondary and university diplomas translated into French, English, Italian, German or Spanish, and a certificate of French language level.

Have a look at these websites to get an idea of what you would like to study:

Exceptions to the eligibility criteria apply only to:

  • Your place of residence: asylum seekers and refugees (i.e. with N, F, B-refugee or C-refugee permits) who do not live in the canton of Geneva may participate if funded by a social welfare programme in their canton.
  • Your residence permit: S permit holders, people with a residence permit other than those stated may participate as long as they are selected as part of the employability project set up by the Association of the communes of Geneva and integration and training government agencies – the BIE and the OFPC.
  • Your level of French: persons holding an F or B-refugee permit obtained after 1 May 2019 are eligible from level of french A0.
  • Your duration of stay in Switzerland: an excess of 5 years of stay may be accepted, depending on personal situations.

The eligibility criteria are updated regularly. Please read them carefully before registering.