Particular conditions for candidates with a foreign secondary school diploma

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1. Candidates must submit a preliminary registration application to swissuniversities in Bern before 15 February 2023 (after this date, no consideration will be given to applications). Online applications are open as of December 2022 (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 pre-registering at swissuniversities cannot apply for medical studies at UNIL after 15 February.
In April at the latest, swissuniversities will inform all pre-enrolled 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 pre-enrolment at swissuniversities.


Master programme
A preliminary 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 - medicine starting in the autumn semester 2023/2024 has to deposit his application until 30 November 2022.

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)

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)

Sport Sciences and Physical Education: candidates for the Bachelor's 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)

For some foreign secondary school diplomas, admission to UNIL requires also a university entrance exam in the country of origin. If a university entrance exam is required in addition to the diploma of secondary education, success in that exam must give access to the same study orientation as that chosen at UNIL.

For candidates choosing the ESC, the university entrance exam may give access to the following study orientations: 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