A few words about sabbaticals

According to the Student Affairs department, a sabbatical should not be your preferred option further to exam failure. Note that:

  • resuming science or technical education after a sabbatical year is difficult and requires enormous motivation
  • if you decide to remain in the same Programme and repeat the year, you will find that the repeat year has easier schedules (if you have passed the practical subjects) which will give you more spare time as well as time to stand back and relax (not too much!)
  • as from the 3rd year the EPFL curriculum favours mobility (student exchange) and internships. This will give you an opportunity to get a breath of fresh air while pursuing your studies.

But if you do feel an urge to leave academia for a year, try to make this a constructive experiment by learning a language, joining a humanitarian project or doing an internship…