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General information


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Status: June 16th, 2021

Summer 2021 exams

Consult the specific arrangements made at UNIL to ensure the smooth running of the exams during the summer and fall 2021 sessions, subject to the evolution of the health situation as well as the measures taken by the Canton of Vaud and the Confederation.

Health protection on campus

Covid screening at UNIL, masks, what to do in case of symptoms... All the information on health protection

Help for students

Students can write to or turn to the helpdesk in the event of technical problems or for the loan of IT hardware. In addition, social, guidance and student support services continue to operate.

Teaching at the start of the new school year in September

Teaching will resume on Tuesday 21 September 2021. The new provisions enacted by the Federal Council, in view of the current situation, allow a return to face-to-face teaching. The Rectorate and the faculties are currently studying the policy for the use of filming, broadcasting and recording of courses in this context.





Status: June 7th, 2021

Arrangements made by the faculties for the summer 2021 examination session:

The conditions defined by the UNIL Rectorate for the summer and autumn 2021 examination sessions at UNIL are described in Directive 3.21.

Consult also the Protection Plan for face-to-face examinations in the spring and autumn sessions of 2021 (document in French).

Revision rooms: Several rooms in the main buildings are available for distance learning, group work or revision.


Access to UNIL infrastructures

Status: June 28th, 2021

  • To compensate for the reduced "COVID" access to the reading rooms of the campus libraries, several rooms in the main buildings are available for distance learning, group work or revision.
  • The buildings are accessible by means of your Campus Card at least until 23 August 2021. During the Spring 2021 exam session (14 June 2021 to 10 July 2021), student access is managed by security staff at the entrance of the buildings. You will find all the relevant information here:
  • Masks are still required when moving around in common areas inside the buildings, such as cafeterias, corridors and auditoriums. This principle also applies in the waiting lines. Masks must still be worn in auditoriums and classrooms, as required by the authorities.
  • Hand hygiene and distancing rules should always be applied.
  • Libraries: the open access and lending and information services of the Unithèque and Internef sites are open. 


Problems or questions: where to turn to

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Need financial support?

Write to All information on UNIL financial aid can be found on the website of the Social Affairs and Student Mobility Service (SASME). 

In case the SASME cannot intervene, the UNIL Federation of Student Associations ("Fédération des associations d'étudiant-e-s de l’UNIL" - FAE) offers a Student Solidarity Fund

Need psychological support?

Do not hesitate to contact the psychotherapeutic Further information on the conditions and general operation of the consultation can be found on the website of the Social Affairs and Student Mobility Service (SASME).

The team of peer students, adapting to the situation of the distance learning courses, launched an online support environment on the free Discord platform, with the support of Accueil Santé. The peer students are trained in the fields of mental health, sexual health, alcohol and drug consumption, as well as in the motivational approach. For more information, click here. 

Do you have health problems?

Accueil Santé UNIL can help you.

Need spiritual support?

Mourning, questioning, need to listen, or need a moment of prayer or meditation? Please contact the UNIL-EPFL Ecumenical Chaplaincy.

Do you have any questions about your study situation or about a reorientation?

The Guidance and Careers Service (SOC) can be contacted by e-mail ( or by phone (Mon-Fri, 1-3pm: 021 692 21 30), to give you an update on your current study situation, to anticipate a change of orientation or to answer your questions concerning the transition to employment.

A permanent service on Zoom has been set up, upon registration. All the information is available here.

For any specific questions related to your studies, you can contact the study advisors or the study secretariats of your respective faculties.

Do you have any questions regarding a Bachelor's, Master's or Doctorate registration?

Registration, change of faculty, or request for information on the conditions of access to UNIL... Contact the Registration and Enrolment Service (SII) by telephone or e-mail.

Questions about student mobility?

For any questions about general agreements, faculty agreements, SEMP agreements (Swiss-European Mobility Programme - ex-Erasmus), mobility grants or internships abroad, write to the SASME at


Distance learning



  • The Unithèque and Internef sites of the BCUL are open to everyone
  • A maximum number of people can be present. Wearing a mask is mandatory when moving around and is free when sitting. All BCU information here.  
  • Check the schedule page of the BCUL site you want to visit.
Summer 2021 exams: tips and tutorials

The YouTube playlist, "Online Exam Tips for Students", includes several video tutorials to help you prepare your online exams.  

How to prepare for an online exam session? This document is full of tips to help you prepare your study program, to study methodically or to control your computer equipment, for example. 

Distance Learning: video tutorials


The University of Lausanne provides tutorials to study in a distance learning context.

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Technical solutions to improve distance learning

Entraide UNIL

Do you have difficulties following the online courses for technical reasons (problems with equipment, wifi connection, etc.)? You can report any problems you encounter by specifying them at

IT hardware

The IT Centre has a small stock of computers (desktops) that it can lend to students who have no other solution. Interested parties are requested to contact so that their request can be evaluated. Students who do not have internet access for distance learning are invited to contact the same address in order to find a solution. If the stock of computers is insufficient, alternative means will be deployed.

IT tools at your disposal

For group work

Microsoft Teams is a collaborative tool that already allows you to chat, create virtual communities, share documents and collaborate as a team in a synchronous or asynchronous way. In view of the start of the new academic year, it has been enriched with new functionalities. You can now :

  • Hold videoconferences with up to 49 simultaneous video streams (for a maximum of 300 participants)
  • Invite your colleagues to your virtual meetings directly from your calendar in Teams
  • Work securely: documents stored and shared on MS Teams are encrypted

You must use your UNIL usernames and passwords to use Teams and all Microsoft online services.

To follow the distance learning courses

Zoom and Ubicast are used to broadcast your lessons live. Your teachers can also record and stream them.

The IT Centre helpdesk is at your disposal for any further information you may require.

Data analysis and programming

Matlab, as well as other softwares, are available to students in the computer classrooms. However, with the closing of the campus, physical access to these rooms is limited.

  • The Ci manages the rooms of the SSP and GSE faculties at Géopolis. Their students have remote access to the computers in the computer classrooms in these buildings. They can find information here.


Other options : Octave, directly compatible with most simple Matlab scripts, is the closest alternative to Matlab. Increasingly popular, the Julia programming language, which is located between Matlab and R software, is another possibility.


The softwares available to students for their personal machine can be found here: (softwares with a green view on the students' line).

Mutual aid between students


The University of Lausanne has decided to publish Entraide UNIL which is intended to encourage solidarity between students. It allows people who are experiencing difficulties to anonymously ask for help from other students for course notes or additional resources. 

Each faculty has a dedicated section, where students can have access to the available courses. Each of these sections offers an anonymous forum where students can submit their requests and get answers. All the resources exchanged on this forum will then be wrapped up in a folder, available under the link leading to the forum.

Anonymity is justified by the respect of the privacy in the reasons for not attending the courses or the problems encountered. The conditions of use are presented in each section, thank you to read and respect it.

This section doesn't replace the Moodle assets related to the different courses but is meant to complement them and support all students wishing to use it. Students, coached by the Teaching Support Centre, will be responsible for leading and moderating the exchanges.

Video tutorials for using Entraide UNIL spaces

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Faculties and schools

Sections for faculties and schools are available for self-registration via these links:

Evaluate the lessons

Your teachers have worked hard to adapt their teaching to the current situation and the use of distance education technologies, sometimes with varying degrees of success. They have the possibility to ask the Teaching Support Centre to send you an interim evaluation questionnaire in order to obtain your opinion on their course in its current form, your possible needs and suggestions for improvement.

If so, you will receive an e-mail from the Teaching Support Centre inviting you to fill in an online questionnaire anonymously. Help your teachers to help you in your learning by constructively raising your difficulties and suggesting solutions!

Summer 2021 exams: tips and tutorials

The YouTube playlist, "Online Exam Tips for Students" , includes several video tutorials to help you prepare your online exams.  

How to prepare for an online exam session? This document is full of tips to help you prepare your study program, to study methodically or to control your computer equipment, for example. 




You can contact us here if you have any problems or questions: