Double Diplomas and Joint Degrees

EPFL, via strategic alliances with certain international academic partners, offers to outstanding students the possibility to follow a double diploma- or a joint degree- program.

It gives them the opportunity to follow part of their program at a partner university and benefit from a complementary education certified by either a double diploma or a joint degree, recognized in both their country of origin and host country.

For any additional information, please contact [email protected]

General Information

EPFL students

As for double degree programs starting at master level, EPFL students can apply if they have obtained their bachelor’s degree with an overall average of at least 5.0.

As for double degree programs starting at bachelor level (Polytechnique Paris, CentraleSupelec, Centrale Lille), EPFL students can apply if they have obtained an overall average of at least 5.0 over the first-year cycle (propaedeutic year).

The Section involved must give its approval before the student can carry on with the formalities.

External students joining EPFL for the master’s cycle as well as internal students who decide to change Section at master level are not allowed to apply for a double degree program.

Registration deadlines vary according to the destination:

  • Double degree program outside of Europe : 1st December
  • Double degree program in Europe : 1st March

The acceptance by the EPFL doesn’t guarantee the admission to a double degree program. The acceptance by both the home and the host institution is conditional on the admission to a double degree program.

As a general rule, EPFL students following a double degree program only pay tuition fees at their home university. However, other fees may be charged by the host university.

Double degree program in Europe:
EPFL students following a double degree program in Europe receive – the 1st year only – a SEMP (Swiss-European Mobility Programme) scolarship of CHF 320.- per month.

Double degree program outside of Europe:
EPFL students following a double degree program outside of Europe receive – the 1st year only – a scholarship of CHF 1500.-*.

* CHF 2000.-  from academic year 2018/19


Students from a partner institution

Students from a partner institution who want to join the EPFL for a double degree program will be admitted on the basis of a written application. It will be assessed by the admission committee in the same way as applications of international students to a master’s program. Prior to sending their application to the EPFL, they must have been selected by their home institution. This selection does not guarantee the acceptance by EPFL’s admission committee, and thereby the admission to a double degree program.
A level  of C1 in English is strongly recommended by the EPFL.

Students from a partner institution who take part in a double degree program at the EPFL only pay tuition fees to their home institution. They must however pay a CHF 53.- semester fee to the EPFL. This amount covers the AGEPoly membership, the contribution to sports facilities, to the social fund and insurances.

Students with outstanding academic records may qualify for an EPFL excellence fellowship. The selection and award criteria are exclusively linked to the quality of the academic records.
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Double degrees open to all EPFL Sections

Sciences et ingénierie | cycle ingénieur français (in French only)

Sciences et ingénierie (in French only)

Sciences et ingénierie | cycle ingénieur français (in French only)

Sciences et ingénierie (in French only)

Double degrees by field of study

Computational Sciences

Ingénierie des sciences du vivant

Génie chimique et biotechnologie

Computer Science and Communication Systems

Mechanical engineering

Joint degrees

Nuclear Engineering (joint program EPFL-ETHZ)

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

1:1 Master

Environmental Engineering