New doctoral students

Welcome to the Doctoral School!

After your admission, take some time to prepare for the start of your doctoral studies! The Study management website will give you a lot of practical information regarding visas, accommodation, health insurance, etc.

Several times per year, the Doctoral School organizes an event and a day trip for newly enrolled doctoral students. It includes presentations about doctoral studies at EPFL, services available to support you and social activities to help you meet other students and better integrate.

As a newly enrolled doctoral student, you will receive an invitation to the next events as soon as it is organized or can also find out more from your doctoral program office. Please note that online registration for the events is requested. In case you missed your invitation with the link to the registration page, don’t hesitate to contact your program’s administration.

Next events:

  • Doctoral Students Welcome event via Zoom on 23 June 2021 from 17h00 to 18h30.
  • In the light of the COVID-19 situation, no day trip for newly enrolled doctoral students is planned until further notice.

You will receive detailed information directly per email as soon as the registration process for these activities starts.

Language Courses

To help newly arrived doctoral students settle into the local environment, the Doctoral School and Language Centre work together to offer a range of French courses over the summer.

In addition to these courses, keep in mind that the Language Centre runs semester courses and intensive courses during the holidays. Those courses are entirely free for all students.

For further information on their offer, see the EPFL Language Centre website.

Your first meeting with your thesis director

The Doctoral School has developed guidelines to help new doctoral students and their supervisors lay the foundations for collaboration.

The guidelines are provided by the Registrar’s Office (Service académique) to every new doctoral student at the time of their official enrolment at EPFL. This document (also available below) is intended to serve as a basis for discussion at your first meeting. It highlights issues that may be raised by the doctoral student and/or supervisor and outlines the most important areas that each may wish to discuss.

You should note that this is not a legal document, nor is it obligatory. But it will help you prepare a good start for the collaboration with your thesis director.