Program Overview

  • 3-5 Years

    Duration

  • 80 CHF/Semester

    Tuition Fees

  • July

    Application Deadline

  • Full Time

    Pace

  • On-Campus

    Delivery Mode

  • English/French

    Language

The Doctorate program in Information Systems aims to offer the students the opportunity to bring through their doctorate the evidence of their ability to carry out original research in a given area. The program provides a broad range of research areas without imposing heavy constraints. It also draws many students with many different backgrounds who are eager to work on various subjects while preparing them to take on the job market.

Key Facts

Autumn Semester

  • Application Deadline

    July 31. 2021

  • Credit 12 ECTS
  • Languages English/French
  • Delivery Mode On-Campus
  • Intensity 3-5 Years

Admission Requirements

Admission conditions for a Doctorate program for candidates with a Swiss university or HES Master

Content of applications for a doctoral program (Please do not submit stapled documents!)

  • A signed copy of the confirmation of the online application sent to the candidate by e-mail immediately after applying online
  • A passport format photograph
  • A complete curriculum vitae up to date
  • A copy of the upper secondary school diploma, the university diploma(s), as well as the diploma supplement(s) if received
  • A copy of all transcripts obtained in all examinations taken at the university or HES.
  • A copy of the program description concerning the final semester or the last year of the Master’s degree, if the Master’s degree has not yet been obtained
  • A copy of the passport or identity card

Registration conditions for doctoral studies for holders of a foreign university degree or a foreign university of applied sciences degree

The prospective Ph.D. student must also send two copies of the completed and signed Ph.D. form (attestation de thèse) to his/her thesis director. The link to the form is provided in the online application and in the email acknowledging receipt sent immediately after the confirmation by the candidate (to be printed out by him/her).

The thesis director signs and forwards the form to the Doctoral School or the Dean’s Office, who stamps and signs the document before returning it to the Admissions Office by 15 October 2021 (autumn semester 2021/2022) or 28 February 2022 (spring semester 2022). It is therefore important for the candidate to forward the Ph.D. form to the thesis director without delay.

Candidates wishing to obtain a doctorate must be judged formally eligible for the doctoral program by the Admissions Service. They must have a Master issued by a Swiss university or HES or a Master deemed equivalent by the Rectorate to a Swiss university or HES Master.

General rules for university studies
The total number of credits gained and courses taken within the bachelor or master program or the university degree deemed equivalent by the Rectorate must have been achieved at a university recognized by the Rectorate of the University of Lausanne. Only bachelor’s respectively master’s degrees or university degrees issued after programs comparable to those existing in Switzerland and followed at public universities (recognized by UNIL) are accepted.

In case of doubt, it is up to the candidates to submit all the necessary documents to establish their eligibility.

The following programs, in particular, are not recognized:

– For a bachelor’s degree, university programs including more than 15 ECTS credits out of 180 for internships or equivalent
– For a master degree, university programs including more than 45 ECTS credits out of 120 for internships or equivalent
– Technological or vocational university courses;
– Correspondence courses or distance learning programs.

Candidates must also satisfy the following requirements:

Agreement of a professor to act as thesis supervisor;

Agreement of the Faculty.

Content of applications for admission to the doctoral program with a diploma delivered in a State who HAS NOT ratified the Lisbon Recognition Convention (Please do not submit stapled documents!)

  • A signed copy of the confirmation of the online application sent to the candidate by e-mail immediately after applying online
  • A passport format photograph
  • A complete and up-to-date curriculum vitae (resume)
  • A copy of the upper secondary school diploma
  • Certified copies on both sides (read explanation below) of the university diploma(s), as well as the diploma supplement(s) if received
  • Certified copies on both sides (read explanation below) of records of grades (transcripts) obtained in all examinations taken in all university
  • A copy of the program description concerning the final semester or the last year of the Master’s degree, if the Master’s degree has not yet been obtained
  • A copy of the passport or identity card
  • Proof of payment of the administrative fees (CHF 200.-)
  • In addition to the copies in the original language, an authenticated translation of documents not issued in French, German, English, or Italian.

Are considered as certified copies photocopies signed in original and on which are affixed the wet seal of the authority having made the certification.

Documents must bear original signatures and seals. Copies of the certified copies are not accepted.

For further information, check the official website: https://www.unil.ch/immat/en/home/menuinst/futurs-etudiants/sinscrire/deroulement-dune-admission.html

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

  • For their first semester you also have to pay a single additional admission fee of 200 CHF

    80 CHF/Semester

Living costs for Lausanne

  • Living Costs

Funding

Financing living expenses

If you are committed to UNIL, in the first two cases, your contract includes the contribution to social charges, you are AVS/AI/APG/AC  insured, you contribute to unemployment, and you are covered in the event of an accident.

  1. Either you are hired as an assistant to a professor.
    Job at UNIL
  2. Either you are engaged in a research project submitted by your supervisor: FNS Free Project, European Project, Foundation Project.
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  3. Either you work alongside your studies and do your thesis on the fringes of your profession (doctor, lawyer, teacher, etc.), you must ensure that in the event of an accident during the thesis, you are covered.
  4. Either you start on self-financing (many dropouts or theses that last and hinder a potential academic career).

Living costs

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

This amount includes, in addition to enrolment and semester fees:

  • 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

For further information, check the official website: https://www.unil.ch/researcher/Funding

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.

Protip

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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