New CMS students

Pre-arrival assistance and administrative tips

3 key dates for your academic start 2024


Students with a foreign diploma: matriculation on Wednesday the 4th and Thursday the 5th of September, 2024 between 15:00 and 16:30 (your presence is mandatory on one of these days). Registration for a time slot mandatory. Further details regarding this event will be communicated at early September. Students with a Swiss maturités/Maturitäten: uploading the diploma via the application form is sufficient.

Welcome Day

Friday 6th September 2024. The mandatory Welcome Day allows you to explore the campus and learn more about EPFL. Further details regarding this event will be communicated later on.

Start of classes

Classes start on Monday 9th September 2024. Check your timetable online.

Your first academic obligations on the IS-Academia portal

Personal details
At the start of each semester, you are required to validate your personal and academic details in the Academic Registration Form, using the “FRAC” tab. The deadline to validate the FRAC form for the autumn semester is 20th September 2024.

Enrolment certificate
Once you have validated your personal details, and after we have received your payment for semester fees, your enrolment certificate will be available in the “personal details” tab.

Course registration
Course registration is done directly by the secretariat of the CMS.

Prepare for arrival

The challenge of integration

How to build a network and understand cultural differences

Intensive French course (on-campus)

2 weeks of intensive French classes before the start of the academic year from 19 to 30 August 2024. Registration: from 27 May to 14 July 2024. Open only to holders of a Swiss-German or Swiss-Italian high school certificate.


All information regarding the “Cours de Mathématiques Spéciales” (CMS) preparatory year can be found on the website of the CMS.

Booklet Welcome to EPFL

You will find in our booklet “Welcome to EPFL” information and contacts of the main services for students. 

Get your school year off to a good start

Find out everything you need to know to start your studies by following Laure and Raphaël!

Administrative information

EPFL account
After your admission has been confirmed, you will receive your GASPAR account (EPFL username and password) during the summer. It enables you to access secured EPFL services, such as your personal mailbox, the Moodle platform, etc. Find out more at “Resources for students“.

Student card
You will receive your student card, called CAMIPRO card, either by post (Swiss diploma) or on matriculation days (foreign diploma). This card must be updated every semester in a CAMIPRO terminal. It allows you to enjoy various services and advantages.

Rules and study plans
Rulebooks and study plans by section can be found on our website. You may also find legal documents related to study regulations at EPFL on the Polylex portal.

Adjusting to university life

Keys to success

keys to maximize your chances of success!


Coaches on hand to support and guide you!

Trust Point

The entry point to professionals who provide individual support in case of difficulty in the following areas: studies management, work environment, relationship/integration, financial, accessibility/arrangements, parenthood/care, mental health, physical health, LGBTIQ+ support, equal opportunity/diversity/inclusion, harassment/discrimination, spirituality

Start-of-the-year Events

AGEPoly, EPFL’s students association

Opportunities to meet new students

From Friday 30 August to Wednesday 4 September 2024

A festive week to meet other EPFL students and discover the area.

Registration: registration will be open at the beginning of August on the website


Student Services Desk

[email protected]

Timetable and information

+41 21 693 43 45
BP 1229 (bâtiment BP)
Station 16
CH – 1015 Lausanne

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