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.
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As for double degree programs starting at Master’s level, EPFL students can apply if they have obtained their Bachelor’s degree with an overall average of at least 5.0/6.
As for double degree programs starting at Bachelor’s level (Polytechnique Paris, CentraleSupelec, Centrale Lille), EPFL students can apply if they have obtained an overall average of at least 5.0/6 over the first-year cycle (propaedeutic year).
The field of study 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 field at Master’s level are not allowed to apply for a double degree program.
EPFL registration deadline is December 1 regardless of destination.
Students must complete the Double Degree application form available on the student portal (exchange application tab) and validate the form within the specified deadline.
The acceptance by EPFL does not 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 2000.-.
Students from a partner institution
Students from a partner institution who want to join 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 EPFL, candidates 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 C1 level in English is strongly recommended by EPFL.
Students from a partner institution who take part in a double degree program at EPFL only pay tuition fees to their home institution. They must however pay a CHF 50.- semester fee to EPFL. This amount covers the AGEPoly membership, the contribution to sports facilities and to the social fund.
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.