New exchange students

Pre-arrival assistance and administrative tips

Key dates for your academic start – spring 2024

General information

You will receive by e-mail, before the beginning of the semester, all important information and deadlines for your exchange.

Start of classes

Classes start on Monday 19th February 2024.

Your first academic obligations

Personal details
At the start of each semester, you should validate your personal and academic details in the Academic Registration Form, using the “FRAC” tab on your secure IS-Academia student portal.

Enrolment certificate
Once you have validated your personal details, your enrolment certificate will be available in the “personal details” tab.

Course registration
At the beginning of the semester you will have to indicate the courses/projects that you follow on the “Course Registration” tab.
An email will notify you as soon as registrations open. Registration deadline for the spring semester: March 1st 2024.

For any academic query, please contact the academic exchange advisor of your section.

Prepare for your arrival

How to deal with culture shock

Discover the Do’s and Don’ts that will help you adjust to your new environment!

Intensive French course (on-campus)

2 weeks of semi-intensive French classes before the start of the semester. Dates: from 29 January to 9 February 2024. Registration: from 15 November to 15 December 2023.


ESN EPFL is a student association whose purpose is to help international and exchange students in Lausanne make the best of their stay in Switzerland.

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

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Administrative information

EPFL account
After your admission has been confirmed, you will receive your GASPAR account (EPFL username and password). 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 at the beginning of the semester. If you are staying for more than one semester, this card must be updated in a CAMIPRO terminal at the start of your second semester. 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


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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