What are the registration requirements?

Visit our website and use the filters to find out which requirements match your academic profile.

What are the registration deadlines?

Fall semester

January 15 – February 28

The February 28 deadline applies to applicants:

  • who, according to their nationality, are subject to a visa for entry into Switzerland for more than 90 days, according to the regulations of the Swiss Confederation, regardless of their current place of residence, or who does not have a residence permit in Switzerland valid beyond April 30;

  • who, according to the country of issue of their upper secondary school diploma, are subject to passing the Swiss University Supplemental Examination (SUCE)

  • if the program applied for is subject to a particular deadline or to an additional registration in a faculty/institute/center (see registration conditions).

January 15 – April 30

Spring semester

September 15 – 30

This deadline applies to applicants:

  • who, according to their nationality, are subject to a visa for a stay of over 90 days in Switzerland, according to the regulations of the Confederation, regardless of their current residence, or who do not have a residence permit in Switzerland valid beyond September 30.

September 15 – November 30

What courses are offered by the UNIGE?

Find all the courses offered by the UNIGE on our website: bachelors / masters / certificates and diplomas / doctorates.

The academic advisors of the faculties/institutes/centers are also at your disposal for information concerning the study programs that interest you.

What courses are open in the spring semester?

To find out which courses are open in the spring semester, please consult the list available on our website.

I have consulted the UNIGE web pages but I am not sure whether I will be admitted to UNIGE. Can I submit my case to you so that you can tell me if I will be admitted?

No. We only decide on complete applications received according to the procedure and deadlines mentioned. A preliminary analysis is not possible.

How do I send my application? Can I send it by e-mail?

The application for registration must be sent by post within the required period only. The address to send it to is:

Service des immatriculations

Uni Dufour, rue du Général-Dufour 24

CH - 1211 Geneva 4

The postmark will be used to determine the date of sending the file within the deadline. When the registration deadline corresponds to a non-business day, the application must be sent or submitted at the latest on the last business day preceding the deadline. Any application postmarked/filed after the deadline is inadmissible. Applications sent by e-mail will not be accepted.

Exception: For applications for Master’s degrees and complementary certificates at the Faculty of Social Sciences, a specific online portal and procedure apply.

How do I know if you have received my application?

The Admissions Office will send you an acknowledgement of receipt by e-mail as soon as it receives your application letter.

UNIGE uses generic addresses (e.g.,, “immat@unige.ch,” or “noreply-immatriculation@unige.ch”) to write to you. Save these addresses in your contacts to ensure that e-mails sent from these addresses will not go into your spam/junk mail folder.

Exception: For applications to the Master’s program and complementary certificates at the Faculty of Social Sciences, a specific online portal and procedure apply. An acknowledgement of receipt will be sent to you once the application has been submitted on the portal.

What documents do I need to submit for my registration?

Please visit our website and use the filters to find out which documents are required for your application. A non-exhaustive list can also be found at the end of the PDF version of the application form.

The Admissions Office reserves the right to request any additional documents necessary for the study of the application and to declare incomplete applications inadmissible. Any omission or submission of falsified documents may lead to the definitive refusal of registration, or to exclusion from UNIGE.

Can I apply for more than one program/training?

If you wish to apply for more than one program or training, you must submit a single online application and pay a single fee.

At the Bachelor’s level: select the program that requires pre-registration or that has a specific registration deadline (e.g., for Medicine or Translation & Interpretation).

At the Master’s level: select the program you are most interested in.

Then, on the printed version of the form, indicate by hand all the other courses that you have applied for. It is no longer possible to apply after the deadline.

I can’t create or return to my ORISIS account. What should I do?

We invite you to reset your password and try again from another browser.

If the problem persists, contact us via our platform by attaching a screenshot of the problem encountered. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

I can’t create or return to my SWITCH edu-ID account. what should I do?

Reset your password if necessary and then try again from another browser.

If the problem persists, contact us via our platform by attaching a screenshot of the problem encountered. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

How much does the registration fee cost?

The registration fee is CHF 65. This fee is charged to candidates who do not hold, or are about to hold, a recognized Swiss or Liechtenstein high school diploma. The registration fee is deducted from the university fees for the first semester of study. It is neither refunded nor carried over to another semester, even in the case of an erroneous, withdrawn, or refused registration application.

How do I pay the registration fee?

Payment must be made online only, as soon as the registration application has been confirmed. Payment can only be made by one of the following methods: credit card, PostFinance, Paysafecard, or PayPal. No other means of payment is accepted. Applications for which the required registration fee has not been paid are inadmissible.

Is my level of French sufficient?

As a general rule, French is the language of instruction, especially at the Bachelor’s level.

Good skills in French (level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - CEFR) are required to study at UNIGE.

Registration conditions define which candidate is subject to the exam according to nationality, secondary education, university education, level of education or program.

More information on the French exam and possible exemptions can be found on our website.

When and where do the French exams take place?

For the fall semester: the French exam takes place at the end of August or at the beginning of September.

For the spring semester: the French exam takes place in early February.

More information on the dates of the UNIGE French exam on our website.

Is my level of English sufficient?

The UNIGE’s registration requirements do not define a specific level of English for applicants. However, some Master's programs require a certain level (GMAT/GRE tests, TOEFL/IELTS/CAE, etc.). We invite you to contact the person in charge of the program you are interested in to find out about the conditions that apply.

Is it possible to do a bridging or upgrade process if my degree does not meet the UNIGE’s registration requirements?

No bridging or upgrading exams can be taken.

Registration at UNIGE is based solely on the diplomas presented, which must meet the registration requirements.

Can I obtain an equivalence for my previous studies at the Bachelor’s level?

It is possible to validate previous academic achievements in the context of a Bachelor’s degree by obtaining an equivalence. Only the faculty/institute can decide if and how many ECTS credits will be considered as equivalent. The request must be made at the time of application for registration (except for exceptions mentioned on the form), by filling out the equivalence request form.

Can I obtain equivalence for my previous studies at the Master’s level?

The Admissions Office is not in charge of equivalences at the Master’s level. The request must be made directly to the academic advisors of the faculty/institute concerned.

Are there any transfers between UNIGE and Swiss or international universities?

There are no transfers between the UNIGE and other Swiss or international higher education institutions. You must submit a complete application within the allotted time.

I would like to register at UNIGE and at another Swiss higher education institution. Is this possible?

Dual enrolment at UNIGE and at another Swiss higher education institution is not permitted. Candidates admitted after having begun studies at another institution must provide proof that they are no longer registered at that institution in order to confirm their registration at UNIGE.

How can I find about out the status of my application process?

Once we have received all the required documents, your application will be processed and you will receive a written decision, either by e-mail or by post. No information regarding the progress of the registration process will be given by e-mail or telephone.

What is the SUFA and can I take it?

The Supplementary Examination of the Swiss Universities (SUFA) concerns only candidates for a Bachelor’s degree. It is an examination required in addition to the foreign higher secondary school diploma when the latter is not recognized as equivalent to a Swiss Matura diploma by UNIGE. It is complementary to the diploma, which must first meet the UNIGE registration requirements. In no case can it exempt the candidate from producing the secondary school diploma required per our conditions. Successful completion of the SUFA is a prerequisite for admission to the university. A second failure is eliminatory.

When will I hear about my application?

We strive to process each application as quickly as possible. Your application will be reviewed within a few weeks of receipt.

In case of application for the Faculty of Translation & Interpretation, for the Master of Science in Learning and Teaching Technologies (MALTT), or for a Master’s degree at the Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM), at the Global Studies Institute (GSI), at the Faculty of Social Sciences, in biomedical science at the Faculty of Sciences institute, at the Environmental Sciences Institute (MUSE) and in neuroscience at the Faculty of Sciences, the process can take up to 3 months.

How do I know if my application has been rejected?

If your application is rejected because:

  • you do not meet the requirements for enrollment, you will be informed by registered mail by the Admissions Office;

  • you do not meet the requirements for enrollment at the faculty/institute/center/school of your choice: you will be informed by the faculty/institute/center/school in question.

What should I do if I have been accepted to several programs?

You must make your final choice at the latest when you confirm your registration.

If I am admitted to a UNIGE master’s program this year and I decide not to enroll, is my admission still valid for future years?

No, the decision is pronounced for the semester applied for only. In the event of a subsequent application, a complete new application must be submitted and a new analysis will be carried out.

Can I transfer my application from one year to the next? How do I reactivate my application?

We do not transfer applications from one year or semester to another.

If you wish to reapply, you can follow the reactivation procedure. This only applies if you applied last semester or last year. If you applied over one year ago, you must redo the entire registration procedure (except for Masters and complementary certificates at the Faculty of Social Sciences).

How do I cancel my application?

If you wish to withdraw your application – at any time, even after you have been admitted – please inform on our platform. Please note that this step is irreversible for the current semester.

Can you return my application file?

We do not return application files. However, if you wish to retrieve original documents, such as certified or apostilled copies, please contact us via our platform to arrange an appointment at our offices.

How do I get my pre-registration certificate?

If your application is accepted, you will receive an e-mail with, a pre-registration certificate attached, indicating how to confirm your registration, which is the only authoritative acceptance document.

When and how to confirm my registration?

Confirmation procedures are indicated on your pre-registration certificate.

Can I pay my semestrial fees before I am registered?

No. The information for the payment of your semester fees will be provided to you by the Admissions Office only after your registration has been confirmed.

How much does it cost to study at the UNIGE ?

The fees are CHF 500 per semester (CHF 65 for fixed fees and CHF 435 for tuition fees), regardless of the student's nationality and the course of study.

When does the academic year start?

Fall semester: Monday of week 38.

Spring semester: Monday of week 8.

Do I need a visa to study at the UNIGE? Can the UNIGE help me obtain a visa?

For candidates coming from countries requiring a visa for a stay of more than three months, it is imperative to be in possession of an entry visa for studies before coming to Switzerland. If you have any questions on this subject, please consult our website.

Since the visa application process can take some time, it is strongly recommended to contact the Swiss consular authorities at the latest when obtaining the pre-registration certificate.

UNIGE is not competent to support candidates in their visa application process.

When will I get my student card?

The student card will be provided to you by the Admissions Office after your registration has been confirmed. Depending on the confirmation method, it will either be sent to you by post or given to you during an in-person appointment.

When and how do I get my semestrial registration attestation?

In order to access your semestrial registration attestation, you must have paid the semester fees. The attestation is available on portail.unige.ch as soon as payment is received.

How can I find information on the cost of living and housing in Geneva?

You will find all the relevant information on the UNIGE Campus Life website.

How can I get a scholarship or fianacial aid?

You will find all the relevant information on the UNIGE Campus Life

How to contact us?
  • on our online platform (reply within 3 working days)

  • by phone at +41 (0)22 379 77 39 (Monday-Friday - 10:30am-1pm - excluding official holidays)