For people forced to flee Ukraine

EPFL is prepared to welcome researchers and students from Ukraine and provide them with assistance. But they should find out in advance whether they are eligible under Swiss federal entry and residence requirements, which are separate from the measures taken by EPFL.

Students

If you are a Bachelor’s, Master’s student or a PhD candidate from Ukraine unable to continue your studies and possess an S permit (see the information on S permits above), you have the following options once you are in Switzerland.

For more information, contact EPFL’s Student Services Desk.

You can register as an auditor so that you can attend courses in the field that you were studying at your Ukrainian university.

EPFL will waive all fees and restrictions normally applied to auditors and will issue an official grade sheet once the course is over. ECTS credits will be awarded for each course that you pass.

You can register as a visiting student so that you carry out a research project in the field that you were studying at your Ukrainian university.

You will not have to pay tuition and will not be subject to the normal restrictions, but you must first obtain a letter of invitation from one of our research labs.

The project cannot last more than 12 months.

You can take part in one of our Summer School programs in the field that you were studying at your Ukrainian university.

Ukrainian students with an S permit who are interested in enrolling in one of EPFL’s Bachelor’s programs may be admitted to our preparatory year (CMS) on an exceptional basis.

Applicants will be assessed individually on the basis of standard criteria for students from non-EU countries, and an interview is required before you send in your application. To be considered, you must submit an application for the Bachelor’s program by contacting the student services desk via e-mail : [email protected].

The standard procedures and criteria will apply for admission to our Master’s programs.

If you have been admitted to one of our Master’s programs but are unable to complete your Bachelor’s degree because of the war in Ukraine, we will try to find a temporary solution to address any missing Bachelor’s credits.

If you have already started a similar Master’s program in Ukraine, the credits you have already earned may be recognized at EPFL

You can find offers for support from other universities around the world on the #ScienceForUkraine website.

EPFL Master admission criteria & application

If you are from Ukraine and wish to enrol in doctoral studies, you can apply to one of the doctoral programs at EPFL. Doctoral programs are listed here.

Please email your application to: [email protected]

Required documents:

  • CV
  • Motivation letter (please mention whether you have applied to any other Swiss universities, so that we can coordinate)

Researchers

Together with other ETH Domain institutions and other Swiss universities, EPFL is doing everything we can to support and host researchers from Ukraine.

Here is some information on how to apply for a position at EPFL.

Please note: Ukrainians can enter Switzerland without a visa and stay freely in the Schengen area for up to 90 days.

If you have started a PhD in Ukraine, but your thesis work has been interrupted due to the situation in Ukraine, and you wish to continue your PhD at EPFL, please send your application by e-mail to: [email protected].

Required documents:

  • CV
  • Motivation letter (please mention whether you have applied to any other Swiss universities, so that we can coordinate)

Applicants can email us their CV and motivation letter: [email protected]

Applicants can email us their CV and motivation letter: [email protected]

Housing

EPFL cannot provide accommodation, but our Housing Office is available to help any student or doctoral student find accommodation.