Complementary Examination of Swiss Higher Education Institutions (ECUS)

Candidates required to sit the Complementary Examination of Swiss Higher Education Institutions (ECUS), must submit their completed application (including if required the certified copies) before 30 April 2023, 28 February for candidates needing a visa to study in Switzerland.

Enrolment form for the ECUS is provided by UNIL after the processing of the application. Candidate must imperatively complete and return the form to the Admissions Office before 1st June 2023 (date of receipt).

Students required to sit the ECUS cannot register with the University of Lausanne until they have passed this exam.
A second failure is final.
Succeeding in the ECUS does not exempt the candidates from fulfilling any other admission conditions.
This exam takes place in Geneva (CH) from 9 to 11 August 2023 (written exams) and from 14 to 17 August 2023 (oral exams).



Four mandatory subjects:

French (level C1), Mathematics, English and History (including introduction to Law).

One optional subject from among the following:

1. Physics
2. Chemistry
3. Biology
4. Geography (including introduction to Economics)

Note: for the following faculties/schools, the choice is restricted:

ESC: 1, 2 or 3;
School of Biology: 3;
School of Medicine: 1, 2 or 3;
Pharmacy: 2 or 3.

The diploma from the School of French as a Foreign Language (EFLE) does not grant exemption from passing the ECUS.




the French version of the registration conditions prevails