Particular conditions for candidates with a foreign secondary school diploma

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1. Candidates must apply to swissuniversities in Bern before 15 February 2024 (after this date, no consideration will be given to applications). Online applications are open as of December 2023 (swissuniversities).

It is essential to follow the procedure required by the swissuniversities within the deadlines.
Candidates who have not indicated UNIL as their first choice when applying to swissuniversities cannot apply for medical studies at UNIL after 15 February.
In April at the latest, swissuniversities will inform all candidates personally about the procedure to be followed later in order to enrol in medical studies.

Note: it is mandatory to submit an online application at UNIL and your documents to the Admissions Office (Service des immatriculations et inscriptions) before 30 April 2023, further to the enrolment at swissuniversities.


Master programme
A registration at swissuniversities is not requested for an application to a Master programme. However, a foreign Bachelor of Medecine may not be deemed equivalent to a Swiss Bachelor of Medecine and therefore not give access to a Master programme.


2. The available enrolment capacity in medicine has regularly been exceeded in recent years. Admission of foreign students to medical programmes is based on the Cantonal regulations on admission of foreign candidates to medicine studies.

3. Students who have started the first year of the Bachelor of Medicine in another Swiss or foreign Faculty of Medicine will no longer be eligible in the Bachelor of Medicine at UNIL with the exception of students who have passed the first-year competition at the University of Neuchâtel and who have obtained a place at UNIL.

4. The candidate for the programme passerelle biology/life sciences engineering/biomedical sciences/biochemistry/pharmaceutical sciences/dental medicine/veterinary medicine - medicine starting in the autumn semester 2024/2025 has to deposit his application until 30 November 2023.

5. Dental and veterinary medicine are not taught at the University of Lausanne.

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Only first year courses are taught in Lausanne. A subsequent transfer to the University of Geneva is therefore obligatory.

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Lettres (Arts)

Requirements for candidates with no Latin or Greek knowledge

Candidates for the Bachelor degree whose secondary school diploma does not include either Latin or Ancient Greek must, depending on the discipline chosen, follow a foundation course in Latin or Ancient Greek.

Candidates for the Bachelor degree in possession of a secondary school diploma that includes Latin are required to follow only a part of these additional courses.

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Social and Political Sciences (SSP)

Additional requirements for the Bachelor degree in Sport Sciences and Physical Education

Candidates for the Bachelor degree in Sport Sciences and Physical Education who are eligible for registration must in addition pass a prior physical aptitude test organised before the start of the academic year. Information on the site or from the secretariat of the ISSUL (telephone 021 692 21 80)

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School of Criminal Justice (ESC)

Certificate of university admission

If, depending on the foreign secondary school diploma, the admission is subject to the production of a certificate of university admission in the same field as that chosen at UNIL (qualifications and requirements by country), it may relate to the following fields for candidates wishing to study at the School of Criminal Justice (ESC): Criminal Justice, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Biology.

The university granting the attestation must be recognised by UNIL. Candidates must also satisfy all the other registration conditions.

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the French version of the registration conditions prevails