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Founded in 1537 as a school of Protestant theology, the University of Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland evolved into a full-blown university in 1890. The university is the second oldest in Switzerland, and one of the oldest universities in the world to be in continuous operation. As of fall 2017, about 15,000 students and 3,300 employees study and work at the university. Approximately 1,500 international students attend the university (120 nationalities), which has a wide curriculum including exchange programs with world-renowned universities.


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About UNIL Masters Scholarship Grant in Switzerland

Universite De Lausanne (UNIL) Masters scholarships are for excellence awarded exclusively to students who have graduated from a foreign university and whose academic results are of a very high level. UNIL awards about ten scholarships a year. The scholarship is granted for the minimum statutory period of the programme chosen by the student. It amounts to CHF 1,600 per month from 15 September to 15 July (or 10 months a year) for the complete duration of the masters (one and a half years or two years depending on the chosen masters), with the exception of cases of definitive failure after the first year.  Candidates are made aware of the fact that the sum of the scholarship awarded is not sufficient to live in Switzerland.


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What are the available masters programmes for the UNIL masters scholarships in Switzerland?

The list of all Masters degrees at UNIL that it is possible to apply for can be found at this address


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The following programmes are not eligible for the scholarship grant:

  • Master from the School of Medicine
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Law. Exceptions open to applications for Masters scholarships: specialisms “International and comparative law” and “Legal theory”, “International taxation”
  • Master of criminal Law, magistracy specialism
  • Master of Science in Physical Education and Sports Didactics
  • Master of Science in Health sciences
  • Master of Science (MSc) in Sustainable Management & Technology
  • All MASs (PhD programmes)


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Eligibility for the UNIL Masters Scholarship Grant in Switzerland

  • To have obtained a foreign university degree is considered equivalent to a bachelor’s at UNIL before the beginning of the masters programme at UNIL.
  • To have distinguished yourself during your studies, especially through particularly brilliant academic results.
  • To have a language level of at least B2 (according to the European Language Portfolio global scale) in French or at least C1 in English according to the language in which your chosen masters is taught.
  • Not been registered with UNIL
  • To have paid the CHF 200.00 administration fee (see document, “list of documents to attach to your application”).
  • Withdrawal from the programme will lead to the suspension of the scholarship.


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How to Apply for the UNIL Masters Scholarship Grant in Switzerland

You must not make an application for admission to the masters degree via the Admissions Department (SII).

Candidates must send their completed application (refer to the document in the margin, “list of documents to attach to your application”), unbound, by post only to the following address:

Université de Lausanne Service des affaires sociales et de la mobilité étudiante (SASME) Bâtiment Unicentre CH – 1015 Lausanne Switzerland

The application form must be completed on a computer and duly signed by the candidate.
The application for the Masters scholarship also serves as an application for admission to your chosen masters (and therefore an application to register at UNIL).


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Application Deadline

The deadline for applications is 1 November to begin a masters degree during the following academic year, in the autumn semester or the spring semester if the programme allows. The postmark will attest to the date sent.
Incomplete applications, particularly those lacking certified copies of the academic documents requested, will not be considered.


For further details, visit the official website

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