STeps to the application process (for new applicants)

Before you begin the enrollment procedure, please use the "guide" to find out about the conditions of enrollment, conditions of admission, deadlines, documents to provide and registration fee.

 

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1. Create an ORISIS account

If you fulfill the conditions of enrollment and are within the deadline, create an ORISIS account. You will have to create an account with a login (your personnal e-mail address and a password). You will receive an email asking you to confirm the creation of an ORIS account by clicking on a link. This link will take you to the next step.

N.B. If you have already created an account, go to the next step - even if you have lost your password (you will be able to request the generation of a new password).

 

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2. Complete the online application for enrollment

> Click here to go to the online application form if you already have an ORISIS account.

Please note:

  • The enrollment process is available to candidates who have never been enrolled at UNIGE before. If you have studied at UNIGE before, please click here.
  • If you are still enrolled at another Swiss higher education institution and want to apply to UNIGE for the coming semester: complete the procedure within the deadline, even if you are not yet unregistered from the other institution. Simultaneous enrollment in two Swiss higher education institutions is not possible, so enrollment at the UNIGE will only be effective upon receipt of the certificate of exmatriculation and after admission by the faculty concerned. Without this attestation of exmatriculation, enrollment at UNIGE cannot be confirmed.

If you wish to apply to several programs, complete only one online enrollment application:

  1.     At Bachelor's level: select the course requiring pre-registration or having a specific registration deadline (e.g. for Medicine or Translation & interpreting)
  2.     At Master's level: select the course that interests you the most.

Then, on the printed version of the form, indicate by hand all the other courses you are applying for. It will not be possible to apply later, after the deadline.

 

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3. Pay the registration fee of CHF 65

If requested at the end of the online registration application form (after submitting your form), pay the fee of CHF 65, which is used to cover the processing costs. (Required for applicants who hold, or are about to hold, a foreign or international upper secondary school diploma; not required for all for applicants who hold, or are about to hold, a Swiss secondary school certificate: in this case, registration is free of charge).

Payment must be done online only. It can be made by one of the following means: credit card, PostFinance, Paysafecard, Paypal (which allows you to fund an interim account) at the time of application or at the latest by the application deadline. No other means of payment (for example, cash or check) is accepted.

To return to the payment page:

  • Return to the ORISIS account and enter your username and password
  • Click on " Formalities required for completion of the application”
  • Then on " Method of payment for applicants with foreign or international diplomas”
  • Follow the instructions

The registration fee is deducted from the first semester’s university fees. It is not reimbursed in case of rejection, withdrawal, or failure to finalize the application, regardless of the reason. It is not transferable to a later semester.

 

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4. Assemble an enrollment file

Gather the parts listed in the guide under "Documents". (A non-exhaustive list can also be found at the end of the PDF version of the enrollment application form once printed.)

In addition, please make up a second application file in the following cases, and send it all together, by mail, to the Admissions Office:

  • If you are applying for a bachelor's degree and wish to obtain equivalence of credits acquired during previous university studies. Optional approach, offered under certain conditions, for certain faculties/institutes/schools only
  • If you are applying for a master's degree, depending on the faculty/institute, complete the application form for a master's progam (one complete file for EACH program for which you are applying - if required by the faculty/school)
  • If you are applying for a complementary certificate, depending on the faculty/institute, complete the application for admission to a complementary certificate (one complete file for EACH program for which you are applying - if required by the faculty/school)
  • If you are applying for a doctorate, depending on the faculty/institute, complete the application to a doctoral program (one complete file for EACH program for which you are applying - if required by the faculty/school)

 

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5. Submit your enrollment file within the required deadline

Post, in a single envelope, the complete enrollment file and the second file (equivalence or admission in master/CC/doctorate if necessary) within the required deadline, to :

Admissions Office, Uni Dufour, rue du Général-Dufour 24, CH - 1211 Geneva 4.

The postmark will be taken as proof of the date of dispatch of the file within the required deadline.

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Processing of your application, and admission decisions

  1. A postal mail from another continent may take several weeks before arriving in Geneva. Please inquire about the time it will take for your shipment so that you don't have to worry if you don't hear from us.
  2. When your enrollment application arrives at the Admissions Office, an email will be sent to you confirming that it has been received.

IMPORTANT:

  • UNIGE uses the generic email addresses “immat@unige.ch” or “noreply-immatriculation@unige.ch” to communicate with you.
  • Please add these addresses to your contacts to ensure that messages from these addresses will not end up in your spam/junk mail folders.
  • It is not possible to send email messages to these generic addresses. You will ALWAYS need to use the online platform: admissions.unige.ch (then click on "Ask us a question").
  • Whenever corresponding (by post or via our platform) with the Admissions Office during the enrollment process, you must always cite your last name and first name, your file number and the Faculty/School/Institute of your choice.
  • If you change your postal address or email address, please inform us as soon as possible via our online platform: admissions.unige.ch (then click on "Ask us a question").
  1. Please regularly check your postal mail and email (including spam/junk mail folders) for our reply, which will be sent once we have analyzed your file.
  • If your application is accepted (sometimes with conditions), you will receive an email with a pre-enrollment certificate as an attachment (an official version in French, another in English), specifying the reserves if any, and indicating how to confirm registration (once any reservations have been lifted). In certain cases, if your file has been submitted to a Faculty or Institute, you will also receive an admission letter from them, with the details or even the specific reservations to be lifted to be able to confirm your registation.
  • If additional documents are requested, an email is sent by the Admissions Office and a period of 7 days is usually given to send the documents. If the documents are not sent within the given deadline, the application file is considered incomplete and no action is taken for the semester applied for.
  • If your application is rejected because
    • you do not meet the conditions of enrollment, you will be informed by a registered mail from the Admissions Office;
    • you do not meet the conditions of admissions of the Faculty/Institute/Center/School, you will be notified by the  Faculty/Institute/Center/School.

 

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 6. Confirm your enrollment

According to the terms indicated in your pre-enrollment certificate (by mail or on site three weeks before the start of the academic year), and once all possible reservations have been lifted, confirm your enrollment.

Follow the instructions on the pre-enrollment certificate:

  • If it is specified that you need to send your documents by mail, do so within the specified time frame. We will return the originals and other important documents and information (see list below) by mail as well.
  • If it is specified that you need to follow a link, do so: it will take you to a web page with more information, depending on your situation:

    • If it is specified that you need to send your documents by mail, do so within the specified time frame. We will return the originals and other important documents and information (see list below) by mail as well.
    • If it is specified that you need to make an appointment, do so within the period indicated by following the instructions.

If you are unable to meet the indicated deadlines, contact the Admissions Office via the online platform admissions.unige.ch (then click on "Ask us a question") before the deadline expires.

When all formalities have been completed, you will receive:

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Cancel your application

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If you decide not to pursue your application - at any time, even after you have been admitted, please let us know on our online platform admissions.unige.ch (then "Ask us your question.").

This will ensure that we no longer inconvenience you unnecessarily.

If you wish to reactivate your application the following semester or year, click here for the relevant procedure.