HEC rules and academic information

Attendance is mandatory during the entire semester and during the exam session(s) according to the University of Lausanne’s rules. No exception is accepted.

List of courses for exchange students and HEC timetables

HEC Rules

Bachelor students
Bachelor exchange students may choose courses in the 2nd and/or 3rd year of the Bachelor’s programs (undergraduate).

Master students

To attend Master courses (graduate), exchange students must have completed a Bachelor’s degree or a minimum of 180 ECTS in Management and/or Economics.


  • 1st year Bachelor courses, individual project and internships are not open to exchange students.
  • Courses in the Master in Accounting, Control and Finance (MScCCF) and in the Master in Sustainable Management & Technology (SMT) are not open to exchange students.
  • Some courses may require prerequisites, the approval of the Professor or may be limited in the number of students for pedagogical reasons and which require registration.

All relevant information can be found on the syllabus. Please consult them before the start of the semester.

If two courses overlap, choose one of the two, and another course at a different time.

HEC Lausanne will not be able to approve a registration request that does not comply with the above rules.

For any questions, please contact Inès Rosati, HEC Student Exchange Office.

Course registration

So that your results appear on your official transcript, you must register for all courses you choose (written or oral exam, ENEP: onsite digital exam, course without exam, seminar, etc.)

Normal registration

Normal course registration takes place from week 1 to week 4 of the semester

Bachelor courses on Etudiant UNIL - Inscription en ligne
Master courses on    https://hecnet.unil.ch/inscriptions

UNIL access (Switch edu-ID). If any issues: helpdesk@unil.ch or 021 692 22 11

See our calendar and news sections for exact dates.

The registration for courses automatically entails registration for the corresponding assessments, i.e. exams and/or validations. You can change or cancel your registration online during this period.

Late registration

Late registration is subject to a late registration fee of CHF 200 and must be submitted during the 5th and 6th weeks of the semester. You may change or cancel your registration for a fee of CHF 200.

No applications will be accepted after this deadline. See our calendar and news sections for exact dates.

All information
Bachelor news
Master new

Registration on Moodle for HEC teaching materials

At the start of the semester, you will have access to Moodle, UNIL online teaching platform moodle.unil.ch/login/index.php.

If the access is not mentioned on the syllabus, it is given by your professor during the first class.

ATTENTION: Registering on Moodle does not constitute official registration for courses or assessments. It does not allow you to attend the exam.

Academic information

Course period
A semester at UNIL lasts 14 weeks of classes.
Autumn semester : September to December
Spring semester :  February to June
Mandatory attendance during the entire semester and during the exam session(s) according to the rules of the University of Lausanne.

UNIL Academic Calendar

Full workload : 30 ECTS credits per semester
Exchange student : minimum 15/maximum 36 ECTS credits per semester at UNIL.

1 ECTS is equivalent to 25-30 study hours.
ECTS grading scale

Language of instruction
Starting in September 2023, HEC Lausanne introduces French-English bilingualism in its Bachelor’s programs. Students will have the choice of taking courses in French, English or a mix of the two languages.

At Master’s level, courses are mainly taught in English.  

Language requirements
Exchange students are not required to pass any official test language. A minimum level of B2 according to the « Common European Framework of Reference for Languages” is required in French and/or English depending on the language of instruction of the course attended by the student.

UNIL IT resources
A personal laptop computer is strongly recommended.

For any questions related to access, passwords, software, PrintUNIL, support, etc: www.unil.ch/ci
Contact helpdesk@unil.ch or 021 692 22 11

Teaching outside HEC (other UNIL faculties, language courses, EPFL)

During your exchange, you are allowed to take courses in another faculty of UNIL
(All factulties / Advisors)
, provided that the faculty authorizes this. Most courses must be taken at HEC Lausanne, the main faculty where the student is enrolled. 

At the start of your exchange, you must then register directly for the courses and exams with the faculty or school concerned and ask them for an official transcript.

EPFL (not on HEC lists)
A limited number of courses are also open at EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne). You must register directly to the EPFL department concerned at the start of each semester. 

Please check the registration deadline at EPFL which is earlier than UNIL (Friday of the second week of the semester).
EPFL registration procedure for UNIL students.

More information, Guichet des étudiant∙e∙s de l’EPFL 

If you need a transcript of records, please ask it at the EPFL directly.

Overlapping exam dates
The dates of non-HEC exams are not scheduled by HEC Lausanne. Therefore, there is a risk of overlapping between the dates of HEC exams and non-HEC exams.

The exam dates set by HEC Lausanne cannot be changed under any circumstances. One solution is, for example, to take an exam at the retake session.

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