UNIL PhD students can get administrative and financial support to spend time in another institution through both Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP) and bilateral agreements. It is also possible to arrange a placement independently.
Note for assistants: In principle, the period spent abroad is included in the maximum term of the assistant’s contract.
UNIL offers a travel insurance to its students and staff travelling abroad for their studies or professional activities.
Purpose of stay
Studies in Europe
|1 to 2 semesters
SEMP exchange agreement (see below)
|1 to 2 semesters
Bilateral exchange agreement (see below)
Teaching in Europe
|2 days to 2 weeks
SEMP programme (only for Assistants, see below)
|Joint thesis supervision
Variable depending on funding source
|External funding sources
SEMP (previously Erasmus) exchange agreements allow students to study in another institution for one to two semesters.
The financial support available is shown on the agreement details in the exchange agreements database. In principle, the amount is CHF 320 / month (check the database to confirm). This amount cannot be paid in addition to an assistant’s salary.
SEMP (previously Erasmus) agreements offer mobility opportunities to assistants studying for a PhD, for teaching activities lasting between two days and two weeks. The procedures are the same as for teaching staff; please check the information on mobility for teaching staff under SEMP agreements.
Bilateral exchange agreements allow stays of one to two semesters for study or research purposes.
The financial support available is shown on the agreement details in the exchange agreements database. In principle, the amounts are as follows (check the database to confirm):
These amounts cannot be paid in addition to an assistant’s salary.
It is possible, subject to the agreement of their thesis supervisor, for students to organise a placement in an institution that does not have an agreement with UNIL. In this case, the student makes their own arrangements, without any administrative or financial support from UNIL.