In the light of the current situation, EPFL has taken measures to slow the spread of the COVID-19.
We thank you for your cooperation in these troubled times.
These decisions are based on scientific data recalled by our experts in this video.
End of semester. All classes will continue to be given online until then.
1 June to 31 July
Break period and exam preparation. Exam-preparation and study sessions will be organized in July by your teachers to the extent possible. Your teachers will contact you directly to let you know how they will be run.
3 to 28 August
Exam session, which will be held in-person. This period includes assessments for classes in which students are normally graded throughout the semester. Students will have until 24 July to withdraw from the exams. If you withdraw from an exam, that will not count as an attempt.
Download a PDF certificate from the Registrar’s Office confirming that the summer exam session has been rescheduled for August.
From Monday, 16 March, until at least Friday, 29 May 2020, all classes have be given online (live and/or recorded); the teachers will inform the students about how they can ask questions during class. The mid-term exams scheduled for these dates have been cancelled.
Some students may be unable to modify their practicals/lab sessions/semester projects so that they can be done entirely online. If they still need these credits, these students took part in the Hackathon that’s being run by LauzHack the weekend of 5–6 April: https://covid19.lauzhack.com/.
Once the Hackathon has been over, they choosed an individual or group project defined during the Hackathon and submited it for approval by one or more teachers, and then by their section, so that they can work on it through the end of the semester and obtain the necessary credits.
The number of credits awarded for Hackathon projects, and thus the associated workload through the end of the semester, must correspond to the number of credits the students need (bearing in mind that one credit requires around 30 hours of work), although the time lost due to the interruption is taken into account.
All semester projects must still be submitted by the end of the spring semester.
School equipment for practicals/lab sessions/semester projects cannot be removed from EPFL premises.
Study rooms and access
Starting on 1 July, students will have access to around 700 individual study spaces on campus, in full compliance with health and safety standards. You’ll need to reserve a space in advance, using the EPFL Campus app, in order to access the study rooms. The app will also show the number of available spaces and the occupancy. More information on the Study rooms page.
Access to EPFL premises remains prohibited for all students until further notice, except for students carrying out a Master’s project on site, who will be granted special permission to come to campus by the unit in charge of their project. Details and guidance will be published on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) page in due course.
The library’s resources are available online. If you can’t find what you need, please contact our librarians.
Travel, exchange and holidays
The campus remains closed to visiting students (i.e., students coming to EPFL to take part in a lab project) until 31 August.
As of today, almost all regions of the world present a risk of infection by the new coronavirus. We strongly advise students not to travel during their holidays or other leave.
Please consult the recommendations of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH). Quarantines could be applied to places you travel to, which would complicate to continue your studies.
If you are supposed to head off for an internship or a Master’s project outside Switzerland, you will need to check the rules in force in your destination country before you leave. If you are able to travel, you must follow the rules applied by your host company or institution at all times.
Exchange students who decide to leave EPFL can still continue their semester by taking our online classes. However, we would encourage you to stay, in order to complete the semester and avoid traveling under the current circumstances, although we understand that some of you may wish to return home.
EPFL students currently in an exchange program who decide to stay where they are must comply with the instructions of their host universities and take the appropriate measures.
Exchange students currently at EPFL who decide to go back or who are called back by their home universities can also take our online classes.
To take their exams, students will have to return to EPFL.
Please take into consideration the fact that some exchange students may later not be authorized to return to Switzerland, or their return may be subject to restrictions or conditions, depending on government decisions.
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.