Arrangements for courses and/or exams

EPFL provides specific arrangements for lectures and/or exams for students and PhD students who must handle:

  • a physical disability (reduced mobility, impaired vision or hearing, etc.)
  • a chronic and/or autoimmune disease
  • mental disorder/illness (depression, bipolarity, schizophrenia, etc.)
  • learning disabilities / language and/or movement disorders (dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysorthographia, dyspraxia, etc.)
  • autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • attention-deficit and/or hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • other disorders  (case by case study)

Only complete requests will be processed by the Commission. The following documents will be needed:

  • An application form (student or PhD) filled in and signed.
  • A report and/or recent assessments (less than 2 years) of a specialist
  • Decisions from educational institutions previously attended (if provided)

The report of a specialist (doctor, neuropsychologist, psychotherapist or DYS specialist) must be recent (less than 2 years), written in one of the official Swiss languages (French, German, Italian) or in English and provide the following informations:

  1. Diagnosis (according to ICF or DSM) and its foreseeable evolution (permanence, progression or decrease).
  2. Functional limitations and their impact on exams and/or courses.
  3. Effectiveness of care and/or measures taken.
  4. The requested arrangements (e.g. 20% or 33% additional time, being in a quiet place in the exams room, use of a tablet with keyboard, etc.).

The request (form and documents) should be sent to  [email protected].

Collecting all the necessary documents can take some time, students should create their application request well in advance.

A request may be submitted at any time, even before the start of studies. However, in order for applications to be processed by the Commission for the semesters below, the deadlines are :

  • Automn semester 2022-2023:
    • It is currently no longer possible to submit a request.
  • Spring semester 2022-2023:
    • February 27, 2023 (midterms and exam session)
    • May 1st, 2023 (exam session only)

In the case of an accident, sudden chronic illness or sudden incapacity reducing the ability to take the exams, temporary arrangement can be arranged where possible. The request must be submitted by email with the form, together with a medical certificate justifying and detailing the requested accommodation, minimum 3 working days before the exam.

Twice a semester, an EPFL Commission examines the arrangement requests and sends its decisions to students about fifteen days after the submission deadline.

Students needs to confirm they accept the arrangement decided by the Commission. 

Once confirmed, the arrangement: 

  • is communicated to the teaching staff
  • is valid for the entire current curriculum (except in special cases or for temporary arrangements for which a semestrial or annual reassessment is necessary)

An arrangement request can also be submitted by candidates enrolled in the Euler course or for an admission exam.

Support measures involving costs may be charged to the students.

Students should present their claim for reimbursement to the invalidity insurance (for Swiss students) or other relevant authorities (for international students).

The social consultation answers questions about arrangements and/or evaluates specific needs ([email protected]).