HEC rules and academic information

| HEC courses | Non HEC courses (other faculties, language courses, EPFL)

Academic year 2023-2024 

Attendance is mandatory during the entire semester and during the exam session(s) according to the University of Lausanne’s rules.

HEC courses

You can choose courses according to the following rules:

Bachelor students

If you are in the 2nd or 3rd year of a Bachelor’s or Licence’s program, you may take courses in the 2nd or 3rd year of the Bachelor's degrees in Management or/and Economics, except for the individual Project and internships. Please refer to the syllabus.

Master students

If you are in the 1st or 2nd year of a Master’s program (4th or 5th year undergraduate) and provided you have acquired a minimum of 180 ECTS in Management or/and Economics, you may take courses in the 1st or 2nd year of the Master’s degreesand possibly in the 2nd or 3rd year of the Bachelor’s degrees, with above exceptions.

The courses in the Master in Accounting, Control and Finance (MScCCF) and in the Master in Sustainable Management & Technologies (SMT) are not open to exchange students.

Some courses may require specific prerequisites and the approval of the Professor.

If two courses overlap, choose one of the two and another at a different time.
Any exam registration that does not follow these rules will be cancelled.

A personal laptop computer is strongly recommended.

If you have any doubts or need additional information, do not hesitate to contact the HEC Student Exchange Office.

Timetables and access to courses

Bachelor  UNIL Courses   or   Courses and timetables 
Master     Course/Timetable (unil.ch)

Please consult the course syllabus before the beginning of the semester as some courses are limited to a number of students for pedagogical reasons and require registration.


Course registration (entails assessments)

The 3rd and 4th  weeks of the semester, which automatically entails registration for the corresponding assessments, i.e. exams and/or validations. See also "Exams" section.

All courses must be registered (including online exam, seminar, course without exam, written work, written or oral exam, ENEP, etc.) to have your grades/credits on your transcript

Late registration the 5th and 6th  weeks of the semester is permited with fee of CHF 200.-

Moodle inscription for course material

at the beginning of the semester
If access is not mentioned on the syllabus, it is given by your professor during the first class. All courses are visible on Moodle at the beginning of the semester.

Academic information

30 ECTS credits per semester; 14 weeks of courses
Exchange student : minimum 15/maximum 36 ECTS credits per semester at UNIL
More information: ECTS grading scale

Language of instruction

Courses at the Bachelor level are taught in French and in English. At the Master level, courses are mainly taught in English.


Non HEC courses (other faculties, language courses, EPFL)

During your exchange, you are allowed to take non-HEC courses, for example language courses or courses in another faculty of UNIL, provided that the faculty authorizes this. You must then register directly for the courses and exams with the faculty or school concerned and ask them for an official transcript.

A limited number of courses are also open at EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne). You must apply directly to the EPFL department concerned before or at the beginning of the semester. Please check the registration deadline at EPFL which is earlier than UNIL.

Most of your courses must be taken at HEC Lausanne, your main faculty.

We draw your attention to the fact that the dates of non-HEC exams are not scheduled by our faculty. 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 in the retake session.

Be sure to register for the exams in time!


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