The fall semester will start on 14 September as initially scheduled. We look forward to seeing you all back on campus.

In light of the current public-health situation, we need to prevent large groups of people from forming on public transportation and in our School’s hallways, cafeterias and bathrooms. That means we can have no more than one-third of the total number of people on campus at any given time.

We also need to make sure there is a distance of at least 1.5m between people at all times, meaning we have to reduce the number of people in our classrooms.

Fall semester 2020-2021

In order to meet the public-health requirements and ensure that students can be on campus regularly, students will be separated into three groups for the upcoming fall semester, with each group taking turns to come to campus. The class schedule will be the same each week. Each day a different group will come to campus, so that all students get to attend some of their classes in person each week. The group that comes to campus on Monday, for example, will be rotated each week (same for the other days of the week), meaning there will be a three-week rotation for each class.

The two groups that are not on campus will have to take that day’s classes online. Teachers can choose whether to pre-record their classes or to stream them live and provide a recording as well.

All information can be found in the Coming to campus Q&A.

EPFL will provide a reusable face mask to every student, free of charge. We’d like to thank the EPFL Student Foundation (FEE) for providing financial support for this initiative.

The reusable masks will be available for pick-up from 7 September to 9 October 2020. Reduced-price masks are no longer being sold.

Mor information on the Distribution of face masks page.

Please read the information available on EPFL’s Travel webpage as well as the document Directive setting out the conditions underpinning EPFL’s COVID-19 protection plan, very carefully. Your cooperation is crucial to ensuring that you can take your exams and continue your studies with the least possible disruption.

It is important that you keep following the health and safety guidelines we have adopted for the EPFL campus in order to help prevent the coronavirus from spreading within our community.

More information about registration, teaching, exercises, lab sessions, projects and exams during the fall semester can be found on the Q&A: Coronavirus, classes and exams page.

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Fall semester classes, assessment, exams and failing grades, and summer exam session rescheduled.

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Discover all relevant measures of support for students.

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Tools and help for teachers

All information regarding distance learning, scheduling and technical support.

Flexible teaching

Thinking about how to best combine on-line and on campus teaching.


You will find all the information concerning education at EPFL on the Education website.

For questions about classes, projects and seminars, please contact your teachers.

For all other questions, including if you need support in connection with your well-being or personal situation, please contact Student Services by email.