Program Overview

  • 2 years


  • 580 CHF/Semester

    Tuition Fees

  • April

    Application Deadline

  • Full Time


  • On-Campus

    Study Time

  • English


The key aims of this program are the presentation, analysis, and application of research methods in the area of political economy and econometrics. This provides students with the fundamentals of economic analysis and its implications, as well as the core skills needed to fill analytical or administrative roles in the public and private sectors, and even in academic science.


Students at the end of this program should have acquired skills such as oral and written communication, critical thinking, analysis and synthesis, conceptual and applied research, learning and transmission of knowledge, negotiation, and leadership, etc.

Graduates with this range of skills, together with the advanced expertise gained during their studies are very well prepared for a wide variety of professional functions and sectors of integration:

  • Public sector (governmental, international institutions)
  • Private sector (financial institutions)
  • Research

Key Facts

Autumn Semester

  • Application Deadline

    April 30, 2021

  • Credit 120 ECTS/4 semesters
  • Languages English
  • Delivery Mode On-Campus
  • Intensity Full Time/2 years

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for holders of a bachelor’s degree from a Swiss University

  • University baccalaureate from a Swiss university in political economy, management, management informatics, or finance with a good foundation in political economy.
  • Another degree or university title may be considered equivalent and allow access to the Master, with or without conditions

Procedure for admission to a Master’s program for holders of a Bachelor’s degree or another university degree from a Swiss university or University of Applied Sciences (HES)

  • After having read the registration conditions, the candidate sends by post and on time to the Registration and Enrollment Department his complete file
  • The Registration and Enrollment Department processes the file and checks whether the formal conditions for admission to the chosen program are met
  • The accepted candidate receives by post a certificate of admission to registration, accompanied by information about UNIL and instructions explaining how to confirm his registration
  • The candidate confirms his registration according to the instructions which were provided to him with the certificate of admission to registration
  • The invoice for the registration fees for the first semester courses is then sent
  • Following confirmation of registration, the candidate receives a letter containing his UNIL email address and the access codes to his computer account.
  • When the candidate has paid the course registration fees, he has the status of the student; he can obtain a registration certificate for the semester

The content of the file for admission to a master’s degree:

  • A signed copy of the summary sheet attached to the email received by the candidate immediately after submitting the application online
  • Passport-size photo (note: please do not paste a photo printed from a computer)
  • Complete and up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • Copy of the upper secondary school leaving diploma and university diploma (s) or HES / HEP, as well as the diploma supplement (s) (if submitted)
  • Copy of all the transcripts obtained in all the exams presented at the university or at the HES
  • Copy of the program description for the last semester, or even the last year of the bachelor, if the bachelor has not yet been obtained
  • Copy of the passport or identity card


For Swiss diplomas: if the university diploma has not yet been issued, a final transcript or a certificate of achievement confirming that the student has fulfilled all the prerequisites for obtaining the degree must be presented.

Admission requirements for holders of a bachelor’s degree from a foreign university

For foreign diplomas: if the university degree has not yet been issued, a final transcript mentioning all the exams presented during the course followed, the final mark obtained as well as the explicit indication that the degree has been awarded (degree awarded, graduated, degree granted…) must be presented.


If the final transcript does not contain the above indication, a certificate of achievement confirming the award of the grade must be submitted.

Procedure for admission to a Master’s program for holders of a foreign Bachelor’s degree


The content of the file for admission to a master’s degree for holders of a foreign bachelor degree:

  • A signed copy of the summary sheet attached to the email received by the candidate immediately after submitting the application online
  • Passport size photo (note: please do not send a photo printed from a computer)
  • Copy of the upper secondary school leaving certificate and university diploma (s), as well as the Diploma supplement (s) (if awarded)
  • Copy of all transcripts obtained in all exams taken at the university
  • Copy of the program description for the last semester, or even the last year of the bachelor, if the bachelor has not yet been obtained
  • For candidates coming from another Swiss university or from a HES / HEP: also attach a certificate of exmatriculation (the certificate must be provided at the latest before the start of the courses)
  • Complete and up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • Copy of the passport or identity card
  • Proof of transfer of the  administrative tax (CHF 200.-)
  • For a part-time registration, the required documents
  • In addition to the copies in the original language, an authenticated translation of documents that are not written in French, German, English, or Italian.

For further information, check the official website:

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

  • National students

    580 CHF/Semester

  • International Students

    580 CHF/Semester

Living costs for Lausanne

  • Living Costs


UNIL financial assistance

The University of Lausanne has a social fund intended for students who experience occasional or lasting financial difficulties. The application for financial assistance must be made by completing the financial assistance form accompanying it with the required supporting documents. The complete request can be sent directly by email to [email protected]. You can also make an appointment with a social advisor from university service or go directly to their reception during opening hours. University social adviser will then study your request during a personalized interview and will determine the advisability of presenting it to the UNIL Social Assistance Council.

The assistance offered by UNIL can take different forms:

  • Monthly grants to compensate for a regular shortfall of the student;
  • One-off financial assistance in order to settle costs linked to a particular situation (arrears of rent or health insurance, the need to return to one’s country in the event of the death of a close relative, financing of an internship within the framework of studies, relocation following violence suffered in the family home, etc.);
  • One-off financial assistance to pay for medical costs (compulsory participation in health costs, payment of the annual deductible, necessary medical costs not covered by Lamal, such as dentist costs, for example);
  • Partial exemption from course registration fees (the student who benefits from it pays only CHF 180.- per semester instead of CHF 580.-).

For further information, check the link below:–infos-utiles/informations-utiles/bourses.html

Living costs and study costs:

The basic student budget is around CHF 1950.- per month

Living and food expenses CHF 850 to 900
Accommodation (not including expenses for heating, water, electricity, telephone, etc.) CHF 600 to 800
Health and accident insurance CHF 150 to 300
Books and course material CHF 100 to 150

Getting a Student Visa

Since Switzerland is a part of the Schengen zone, a Schengen visa will win you the right to go to the country, but if you want to stay there as a student, you must take a few more steps. The procedures are different for EU/EFTA and non-EU/EFTA students.

After getting the acceptance letter, follows the process of setting an appointment with the Swiss embassy or consulate in your country. The procedure takes time, so make sure to set the appointment six months prior to your studying. The processing time for the short stay visas is around 10-15 days, and for long stay visas, eight to ten weeks.

For each document required, you have to provide the original along with three copies. The papers should be in English or in one of Switzerland’s national languages (German, French, Italian, or Romansh). If they are not in one of these languages, you will need a certified translation of those documents. 

Switzerland Student Visa Requirements

  • The completed and signed application forms for a long stay visa (D type) in one of the languages mentioned above. 
  • Passport – valid three months beyond the planned stay.
  • Four passport-size biometric photographs.
  • Letter of acceptance (certificate of enrollment) issued by a Swiss university.
  • Paid visa application fee. 
  • Proof of payment of the registration and tuition fees (for the first year of your studies).
  • Proof of sufficient financial coverage: copies of bank statements or a letter from the bank provided by you or your supervisor. Funds are supposed to cover living costs in Switzerland for the duration of schooling (21,000 CHF or 19,200 EUR at the beginning of each year of your studies).
  • Scholarship/Loan proof (if available) from an institution that proves that the scholarship or loan will cover all expenses for the study.
  • CV.
  • Letter of motivation, which should also include your professional plans for the future.

Submitting the Switzerland student visa application

After filling the application and completing all required documents, you should submit them in person at the Swiss embassy/consulate at the designated time of your appointment. Along with submitting your documents, you are required to pay the Swiss student visa application fee. 

After receiving your Swiss Student Visa

You may enter Switzerland after you receive a student visa. Within the first two weeks of arrival, you have to register at the local Residents Registration Office of your canton as well as visit the cantonal migration office in order to obtain a residence permit form.

B permit (a biometric card) is the type of residence permit for student stay. Prior to that, you will receive an attestation that allows you to open a Swiss bank account. It will take up to 8 weeks for your B permit to be processed. 

Student Visa Validity

The student visa or the B permit obtained in Switzerland initially is valid for one year. After one year, you have the option to extend it. However, updated proof of income is required in order for your student visa to be extended.


If you’re a student who wants to study in Switzerland but are not quite sure what are the steps of the student visa application process,  you are advised to read the following resources on Everything You Need To Know about getting a visa for Switzerland.

Work Permit

Find out all you need to know about work permit regulations for working part-time (during studies) and full-time (after graduation) in Switzerland.

Work while studying in Switzerland

For many international students in Switzerland, working while studying is an ideal option. Still, that is not recommended by some universities since it can distract and affect your academic work. With job boards and other advisory services, other schools facilitate job searches to help students. During the school year, students’ working hours are limited, and there are a few requirements they need to fulfill.

How many hours are international students allowed to work per week?

International students can work up to 15 hours a week in part-time jobs. But during semester holidays students can work full-time.


When are students allowed to start working?

Students from outside the EU/EFTA countries may start working only 6 months after starting their degree program.

Is there a work permit required for students working part-time?

Citizens from EU-27/EFTA states do not require authorization for short-term employment up to three months or 90 days per the calendar year. For an extended time, they will have to earn a residence permit. Third-country nationals are obliged to submit numerous documents to prove their eligibility for a work permit in Switzerland.

What job can I get as a student in Switzerland?

During your years as a student, there are many part-time jobs that you can do. For most students, employment in retail, restaurants, and others are sought-after options. However, a lack of language skills (in German, French, or Italian) can limit your employment chances. 

Work after graduation in Switzerland

Upon your graduation, you have the right to look for a permanent job in Switzerland. Prior to that, a residency permit that allows you to search for a job should be obtained. The permit is only valid for 6 months, and it cannot be extended.

What requirements do students need to fulfill in order to receive a residency work permit?

In order to receive the residency work permit, you have to provide proof that you:

  • Have graduated. 
  • Are financially able to support your say.
  • Have secured housing.

Are students allowed to work during this 6 months period?

During this six month period, graduates can work up to 15 hours a week. These rules do not apply for EU/EFTA nationals as they benefit from the freedom of movement under bilateral agreements.

How difficult is for international students to find a permanent job after graduation in Switzerland?

A non-EU/EFTA can get a job in Switzerland only if there are no qualified individuals from within the Swiss labour market or from an EU/EFTA state that apply for the position. Employers are required to show that they made “big efforts” to find qualified applicants from EU/EFTA countries or nationals who already have a permit to work. Furthermore, employers must show why those with priority to get the job were not suitable candidates for the position.

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