Students remain registered at EPFL during the exchange and continue to pay EPFL tuition fees but are exempted from the host university’s tuition fees. However, some small taxes at certain host institutions can be requested (public transportation, access to labs, associations, access to sports’ facilities, etc). Students who receive a cantonal or social scholarship will continue to receive their grant during the period of the exchange.
All EPFL students who are doing an academic exchange at a partner university will receive an exchange scholarship (not based on socio-economic criteria). The amount depends on the destination:
CHF 2’000 for the full academic year
Exchange at ETHZ and at the Università della Svizzera italiana: CHF 1’500 for the full academic year
CHF 320 per month (maximum 10 months)
Additionally, partial financial contribution to language course fees may be requested.
Following the vote of 9th February 2014, the European Commission has excluded Switzerland from the Erasmus+ programme. This programme has been replaced by the Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP) until further notice.
The National Agency Movetia provides liaison between the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SSERI) and Swiss universities.