The so-called “general” agreements apply to almost all UNIL students. Applications are therefore not assessed by your faculty but by an inter-faculty selection committee. You should therefore submit your application to the Social Affairs and Student Mobility Office rather than to your own faculty.
If you apply by 1 December for a destination under a general agreement as your first choice and unfortunately you are not accepted, you will find out in late January or early February. This means you will have the option of applying again for an SEMP or faculty agreement by 20 February. Finally, you can apply again by 15 April to study under a general agreement, but only for the spring term of the following year, provided there are still places available at one of the destinations you are interested in.
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Click here to access the online general agreement application form.
Main deadline: December 1: deadline for applications for the following academic year (fall and/or spring semester).
Residual deadline: April 15: deadline for destinations for which there are still places available after the first selection and only for departures for the spring semester of the following academic year.
UNIL is also part of the ISEP (International Student Exchange Program) network, which allows students to go and study in universities in the United States.
You can only choose sites that are in the United States, and only the "ISEP exchange" program, not the "ISEP direct" program.
You must choose a minimum of 5 US sites, a maximum of 10. This is an internal requirement for a UNIL application
a. Chances of Placement:
When choosing, you must absolutely consider the chances of placement of each site.
You may only choose one site as "Most competitive", which must be your first choice. You can choose several sites that are "limited", but we strongly recommend that you choose no more than two, which should also be among your top 3 choices in order of preference.
All of your other choices should then be in "fair, good or excellent" chances of placement.
1st choice : most competitive
2nd choice : limited
3rd choice : limited
4th choice : fair, good, excellent
5th choice : fair, good, excellent
Here are some comments from ISEP on how to apply for these placement chances:
To ensure that your students receive a placement in our priority round (first round), those interested in ISEP-Exchange should list at least 4 programs on their applications (5 minimum pour ce qui est des exigences UNIL), and at least 2 or more out of the 5 first choices with a good or excellent chance of placement. For students willing to study in the US with the ISEP-Exchange program, we recommend at least 7 programs in total on their application, that is at least 4 sites with fair, good or excellent chances of placement.
b. University search:
The "Program Finder" search engine allows you to make a selection according to various criteria of the universities where to do your exchange. The main criterion should of course be your field and level of study.
Use the filters at your disposal (region, field of study, chances of placement) to help you make your selection. Not all filters appear on the homepage, but you can click on "more filters" to see others.
Please pay attention to the "sites' requirements", especially the language proficiency requirements
Each ISEP program requires an official transcript. ISEP Exchange programs also require an academic reference. Some programs may require a statement of interest, writing sample, language proficiency report, or resume. You can find specific requirements on each individual program page, which shows academic and language requirements, fields of study, dates and fees, and links to course lists. When you add a program to your application, you can return to the corresponding page by clicking on the program’s title.
Step 1: Inform your study/mobility advisor before the December 1st deadline that you wish to apply for the ISEP program.
Step 2: Submit your application online before December 1st on the UNIL website.
There are two possibilities:
If your first choice is the ISEP network, there is no point in applying for other destinations.
If, on the other hand, you have other choices that are higher priority than the ISEP program, then you will need to list your destination choices in order of preference when you apply on December 1.
In both cases, you will need to apply twice before December 1:
a. First, an application on the ISEP website ("application"). To apply on the ISEP website, you will need to create an account and then ask Mr. Olivier Goumoëns for access to the ISEP online application.
You do not need to have filled in all the sections and provided all the documents in the ISEP online application. There are several documents that you will need to upload to the online application that you will not have by 01.12. You simply need to have completed the main fields of the ISEP application, and found the 5-10 sites that interest you. It is therefore very important that you discuss your choice of sites and courses with your faculty mobility advisor. You will not be asked for a specific course list for each site during the ISEP application.
b. Once you have completed the essential information in the ISEP online application and "submitted" the application, you will be able to generate a PDF document of your application.
Please note: we recommend that you start this step several days before December 1st in order to have time to finalize your application on the ISEP website before submitting your UNIL application in time
c. This is when you need to make your second application, this time on the UNIL website. Attach your ISEP application to your UNIL application in a single PDF document before December 1st.
d. If you are selected for the ISEP program, you will need to complete the online ISEP application with all the documents you will need to provide, including a reference letter from a UNIL teacher.
UNIL is also part of the ISEP (International Student Exchange Program) network, which allows students to go and study in universities in the United States. As there is a separate application process, please click on the “Application to ISEP network agreement” tab above for the procedure to follow. For any further information, you can contact Mr. Olivier Goumoëns at SASME.
Finally, UNIL also takes part in the Student Exchange Program (PEE) of the Bureau de coopération interuniversitaire (BCI), which supports student mobility with 11 academic institutions in Quebec. As there is a separate application process, any interested students should contact Mr. Olivier Goumoëns (SASME) before embarking on their application.
Mr. Olivier Goumoëns
Social Affairs and Student Mobility Office (SASME)
Tel.: 021 692 21 17
The extra deadline for an exchange in spring 2024 is now open until April 15.