Studying at the UNIL as a degree-seeking student

Teaching language

French, English for some Master and executive programmes. Most language and literature courses are taught in the target language.

Required language skills

  • Bachelor: Min. Level B1 of the CEFR (B2 recommended)
  • Master: Level C1 of the CEFR is recommended for courses taught in French or English
  • Level A1 for the courses offered by the School of French as a Foreign Language (EFLE), and the winter Holiday Courses (Cours de vacances)
  • No minimum skills required for the summer Holiday Courses

As the University of Lausanne is located in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, basic French skills are highly recommended for daily life and social integration.

Two online platforms are available and offer

  • To test your level of French while discovering Lausanne and its region:
  • To learn some basic French in relation to various situations you will be faced with:

Tuition fees

  • CHF 580 per semester for Bachelor and Master programmes
  • CHF 80 per semester for doctoral studies
  • Between ca. CHF 2,000 to CHF 25,000 per year for Master of Advanced Studies and executive programmes

Please note that:

  • Tuiton fees are identical for local and foreign students.
  • Foreign candidates whose parents reside abroad must pay a non-refundable CHF 200 application fee.
  • Doctoral students must pay an enrollment fee of CHF 200.-.

Cost of living in Lausanne

Around CHF 1,950 per month.

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Programmes available

Bachelor, Master, PhD and Executive programmes in Life Sciences, Medicine, Environmental Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences, Business. Courses in French as a foreign language and summer courses are also available.

All programmes
Summer schools

Academic calendar

  • Autumn semester: mid-September to end January
  • Spring semester: mid-February to end June

More details


→ UNIL Master's Grants
Swiss Government Scholarships

Admission requirements

Practical information

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