Department profile


University of Geneva
2021/22 edition

About Faculty of Translation and Interpreting

FTI’s three- to four-semester MA programme in translation from French and/or Spanish into English puts students in the classroom with renowned academics, seasoned professionals and a small group of highly talented peers.

Classes are often taught as small workshops. Topics range from financial and business translation to literary, legal, and humanitarian texts, as well as terminology, computer-assisted translation techniques, multilingual communications management and even subtitling.

Our core curriculum is resolutely practice-oriented, but a translation-theory specialisation is also available. Students with other languages will find a host of resources available within the larger Faculty, which also offers translation courses in German, Italian, Russian and Arabic.

Compared with similar English translation MAs in Europe and North America, FTI graduates have an unrivalled range of career options. This is due in part to the exceptionally large number of in-house translation teams in Geneva and the Faculty’s long-standing ties to the leaders of those teams, who teach many of our workshops. In a profession that can be difficult to break into, these ties mean that our English graduates have privileged access to the translation market.

Really enjoyed my MA! Small classes meant lots of useful feedback and one-on-one attention. FTI's connections and staff of practitioners jump started my career in the international organizations.

Leslie Fillon, United Nations translator

Worldwide reputation

The practitioners on our teaching staff occupy key positions in translation and multilingual communications at large multinational firms, Swiss banks, and international organizations.

The University is located in the heart of one of the world’s largest translation markets. The United Nations, World Health Organization, World Trade Organization, International Labour Organization, International Committee of the Red Cross, Union of European Football Associations, the International Olympic Committee and CERN – these are just some of the many companies and organizations in and around Geneva that employ in-house translators. No other translation faculty is in such proximity to so many high-end staff jobs and enriching in-house internships.

PG subjects available

Specialised translation (legal and institutional translation, economic and financial translation, translation studies), translation and technology (terminology, localisation, project management), translation and specialised multilingual communication

Department information

Translation, translation technology

Future career prospects

An FTI translation degree can lead students to a career as an in-house or freelance translator at the international organisations, EU institutions, banks, sports federations and translation agencies, just to name a few. Graduates of our programme also end up working as editors, copywriters, translation project managers or translation technology software specialists.

English language support

Students are expected to have a perfect command of English and exceptional writing skills.

Facilities and support arrangements

Specialist library, IT room

Fees, funding and costs

Tuition – CHF 500/semester (£410 at current exchange rate)


University accommodation (residence halls, flat shares and studios), private housing platform for students.


Switzerland offers stunning landscapes, an unrivalled array of outdoor activities, and a wealth of world-class cultural offerings, all easy to reach on public transport.

How to apply

In order to be accepted at the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting, applicants must complete two separate application processes:

  1. Apply to the FTI on our online platform and register for the entrance exams=
  2. Apply for enrolment at the University of Geneva

Key dates

  • 31 January 2022: deadline to apply to the FTI and register for the entrance exams
  • 28 February 2022: deadline to apply for enrolment at the University of Geneva for applicants who need a student visa to study in Switzerland
  • 30 April 2022: deadline to apply for enrolment at the University for applicants who do not need a student visa to study in Switzerland
  • 19-22 April 2022: entrance exams
  • 17 June 2022: publication of exam results

Contact details

+41 (0)22 37 98756
40 boulevard du Pont d’Arve