QTEM Program

Using analytics to create a better world

QTEM - Quantitative Techniques for Economics and Management - is a global Master's network of universities and international corporate partners.

If you want to boost your career prospects with a unique set of skills and international exposure, the QTEM program is for you!

  • Acquire strong quantitative and analytical skills and techniques applied to management and economics
  • Study one or two semesters abroad: choose among 24 leading business and economic schools around the globe
  • Be immersed in the reality of decision-making through a company internship
  • Join an exciting and growing elite network
  • Receive your standard MSc Degree from Lausanne and the QTEM Certificate

The QTEM program is intended for HEC Lausanne students registered in the Master in Management, in Finance, in Economics or in Master in Accounting, Control and Finance.

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From the academic year 2019-2020, the structure of the QTEM program will change for students starting their Master in September 2019. What is new:

1) The QTEM program has a reorganized structure of 2 tracks:

Track 2 Exchanges
Track 1 Exchange

Deadlines for application don't change.

2) The QTEM internship has a duration of at least 1,5 months

3) The QTEM Data Challenge (QDC) becomes an integral part of the QTEM program for all QTEM students and is composed of three parts:

Online course 1: course in data science/analytics
Online course 2: course in digital leadership
Global group work

More information below.

QTEM Data Challenge (QDC)

Each QTEM student will complete the two online courses and the global group work. They all will be offered during both semesters, Spring and Fall. The courses and the projet can be undertaken in parallel, before or during the exchange.

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 At the end of the course, QTEM students should be able to use and manipulate large databases, in Python and/or in R

 2) Online course 2
 At the end of the course, QTEM students should be prepared to collaborate in global, distant and multicultural teams


3) Global group work
In international teams of 3, QTEM students will work remotely to provide creative solutions and recommendations to a company by analyzing exclusive data provided by the company

How to choose your QTEM courses?

  1. Go to the QTEM course database
  2. Choose the courses that are corresponding to the Master program that you selected for your studies at HEC Lausanne
  3. Verify if the academic calendar of the chosen institution is compatible with the academic calendar of HEC Lausanne
  4. Fill in the Learning Agreement and submit it in the application file

Do not hesitate to contact Isabelle Schmid for questions regarding your courses.


QTEM Internship

The QTEM internship will be done during or after the Master

  • Covers a period of minimum 240 man-hours, full-time equivalent - 1.5 months
  • Must have an analytical component
  • Can be done in Switzerland or abroad

The internship will be managed through the QTEM Portal, as soon as the student finds an internship.

If the internship is done in Europe, a SEMP (ex-Erasmus) grant of CHF 440.- per month can be given. More information at the SASME.

QTEM Internship Tutorial Video

QTEM Application: documents to submit

  1. QTEM Application Form
  2. QTEM Student Engagement Form
  3. Cover letter (max. 2 pages)
  4. Detailed curriculum vitae
  5. Detailed plan of the study program (Learning agreement), one for each chosen destination - choose at least 3 destinations
  6. Copies of all university results obtained
  7. Copies of university certificates obtained
  8. GMAT score 650 recommended, 600 mandatory ; GRE also accepted
  9. Proof of proficiency in English if available
  10. Any relevant document

Structure of the program, selection and deadlines

Choice of Track

The Track 2 Exchanges as well as the Track 1 Exchange are meant for students registered in the Master in Management, in Finance or in Economics.

  • MScM: Track 2 & 1
  • MScF: Track 2 & 1
  • MScE: Track 2 & 1

Students in the MScCCF will follow the Track 1 Exchange.

  • MScCCF: Track 1
Track 2 Exchanges


  • Semester 4.1: HEC Lausanne
  • Semester 4.2: QTEM partner - exchange + online course 1
  • Semester 5.1: QTEM partner - exchange + online course 2 + global group work
  • Semester 5.2: internship

Selection: during the 3rd year Bachelor or before starting the Master

Application deadline with an admission in the Master in September 2020: June 1st, 2020

June 1st, 2020: students choose the destinations of the first exchange

February 15th, 2021: student choose the destinations of the second exchange


Track 1 Exchange


  • Semester 4.1: HEC Lausanne
  • Semester 4.2: HEC Lausanne + online course 1
  • Semester 5.1: QTEM partner - exchange + online course 2 + global group work
  • Semester 5.2: internship

Selection: during the 1st year Master

Application deadline: February 15th, 2020

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General contact

Student exchange Office
University of Lausanne
HEC Lausanne
Internef 256-256.1
Quartier de Chamberonne
CH-1015 Lausanne

Internal post:
Box 96

INCOMING students: hec.incoming@unil.ch

OUTGOING students: hec.outgoing@unil.ch

QTEM program: isabelle.schmid@unil.ch

Office hours:
from Monday to Friday, 9.00-12.00

Learn more

Internef - CH-1015 Lausanne
Tel. +41 21 692 33 00
Fax +41 21 692 33 05
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