Matriculation of new students

Matriculation is a process whereby the authenticity of the educational or academic titles that led to your admission to EPFL (IB, A Levels, Bachelor’s degree, etc.) is verified. The Registrar’s Office meets every student individually and checks that the formal admission criteria of the selected program are indeed fulfilled (in many cases we will ask you to leave your diploma and transcripts with us for verification, and come and collect them a few weeks later). If you are new to the Swiss higher-education system, a small yellow label with your Swiss student ID will also be placed on the back of your certificate or diploma. Your student card will also be given to you on that occasion, as well as a small brochure with useful information about your studies at EPFL.

Important practical information

The matriculation of new students takes place at EPFL on dedicated days shortly before the beginning of the semester. Every new student must come in person, and bring all the required official documents (see place, dates, schedule, and requirements at the links below). Stands providing information about your studies at EPFL and your arrival in Switzerland are also available during matriculation days.

You may come to EPFL for matriculation at any time during the dates and times indicated at the links below. To help you plan your visit, the iOS/Android app Affluences will display expected waiting times for each hour on every matriculation day, with live updating. This same app can then be used throughout your studies to consult the availability of seats at the EPFL Library. Expected waiting times for matriculation days can also be consulted online.

Students who are prevented from attending matriculation days (difficulties in getting a visa, military duty, illness, etc.) should get in touch with the Student Services Desk as early as possible. A Fr. 50.- fee will be charged for candidates who miss matriculation days without prior notice. In any case, the final deadline to matriculate in person at EPFL is September 30. Once that deadline has passed, it becomes impossible to enrol for the academic year at EPFL.

So that the rooms where matriculation itself takes place do not get overcrowded, only one accompanying person per student is allowed. Other accompanying persons are invited to visit the stands and/or the EPFL campus during matriculation. Luggage, strollers, pets, etc. are also prohibited in the matriculation rooms and hallway (please note that no cloakroom nor locker is provided).