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Stages in the registration procedure

Do not forget to read the information regarding the deadlines and the conditions which appear under the various headings of the Regulations concerning the registration conditions.


1 After reading the registration conditions, students apply online and send their documents to the Admissions Service within the specified time limit; content of the application:

Enrolment in a Bachelor programme with a Swiss diploma of secondary education

Enrolment in a Bachelor programme with a foreign diploma of secondary education

Enrolment in a Master programme with a Swiss university diploma

Enrolment in a Master programme with a foreign university diploma

Enrolment in a doctoral programme with a Swiss university diploma

Enrolment in a doctoral programme with a foreign university diploma


The Admissions Office processes the application and checks that formal conditions of admission to the chosen programme are satisfied.

Master, doctorate and guest students:
provided they meet the formal conditions, applications for Master and doctoral programmes are subsequently forwarded to the Faculty or School in question, which must give its approval. Applications from guest students must also obtain the approval of the Faculty or School.


Accepted candidates receive a certificate of admission to registration by postal mail, accompanied by information about UNIL and instructions explaining how to confirm their registration; refused candidates also receive a written decision.

Each candidate will receive a written decision when his/her complete application (according to the requirements specified in the Directive en matière de conditions d’immatriculation) is received by the Admissions Office. Therefore, it is pointless to contact the Admissions Office in the meantime.

4 According to their nationality, foreign candidates must obtain a study visa before coming to Switzerland; they should go to their nearest Swiss Embassy or Consulate to file their application, which must include in particular the certificate of admission to registration.

The Admissions Office cannot intervene in this procedure with the authorities (Embassy, Consulate, Population Office). As these steps can take two to three months, students are advised to undertake them as soon as possible.

Therefore the deadline for candidates needing a study visa is fixed two months prior to the general deadlines.

5 Candidates confirm their registration according to instructions received with the certificate of admission to registration (in particular they have to present their original secondary school and university diplomas, as well as the original transcripts). Candidates must follow the deadlines mentioned in these instructions, otherwise their application will be cancelled.

If admission is subject to conditions (passing the Complementary examination of Swiss Higher Education Institutions (ECUS) or the French exam, obtaining the diploma of secondary education or a university degree, etc), these must be satisfied before registration is confirmed, i.e. not later than the resumption of courses.

Note: if the required diploma cannot be provided before resumption of courses, the registration is cancelled or must be postponed. In case of a postponment, the application will be examined on the basis of the current conditions of admission at the time of the reactivation of the application.

6 The invoice for course fees for the first semester is then sent out.

If regarding the instructions received the candidate resident abroad must go in person to the Admissions Office to confirm his registration, he will at this time receive the invoice and therefore cannot pay his fees before arriving in Switzerland. The fees can be paid at any Swiss post office by using the paying-in slip or by e-banking. For information, the Population Service of the Canton of Vaud does not require a proof of payment of the the course fees for the first semester within the procedure of granting the visa (see application form for a temporary resident permit for study purposes in the Canton of Vaud).

7 Once candidates have paid their course fees, they acquire the status of student; they can obtain a certificate of enrolment for the semester. The procedure will be indicated on the reverse of the invoice for course fees.

To process certain applications, the Admissions Service must request additional information (from the Recognition Information Center (Swiss ENIC), the candidate, the schools or universities he or she has attended, etc).

For Master and doctoral programmes, and also for guest students, the Admissions Service must in addition obtain the approval of the Faculty or School in question (see point 2).

Several weeks may elapse therefore between dispatch of the application and the final decision on registration acceptance.
Candidates are therefore advised to submit their applications as soon as possible.

Note: it is essential to provide complete and correct information when applying at UNIL (online registration and sending of the documents) and when completing your application later on with complementary documents or information. Any omission or submitting of fake or falsified documents can lead to a final refusal of admission or an exclusion from UNIL.



the French version of the registration conditions prevails
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