FAQ

If you have some questions...

Do I need to take the TOEFL or any other English test?

No, you do not need to take the TOEFL but all the doctorates taught within the Faculty of Business and Economics are in English. Although you do not need to show proof of your English proficiency at the time of application, English proficiency is necessary to succeed on the program. Although not required, having a basic knowledge of French would be useful for a smoother acculturation in Lausanne.

Do I need to take the GRE or GMAT?

No, these tests are not required for your application but if you have already taken any of them, please indicate your score on the online application form (step 2).

Does an MBA allow entry on the doctoral program?

In principle, an MBA is not considered on the same level as a Master of Science degree (or equivalent). Students with an MBA may still apply and your formal eligibility will be determined by the admissions service of the University of Lausanne upon submission of a complete application file (as well as by the Ph.D. admissions committee).

How can I finance my doctoral studies?

Ph.D. candidates may have the opportunity to get an assistant position. Please check the open positions here.

Other possible sources of funding can be found here.

Students who do not obtain funding can still be enrolled as Ph.D. students (as long as they can support themselves financially).

How much do I have to pay for my studies?

The registration fees amount to CHF 280 for the first semester of enrollment and CHF 80 for each additional semester. In addition, you need to pay an administrative tax of CHF 200 for the review of your file if you are an external applicant (i.e., did your previous studies in a foreign country). As for living expense, we estimated that you will need about CHF 2000 per months to live in Lausanne.

Is it possible to have a part-time job during the doctoral studies?

Yes, it is possible but challenging. Given the course load of the first two years of your Ph.D., you should find a job which is flexible in terms of working hours to allow you to attend the classes required for your Ph.D. More information on the doctoral courses here.

What is the duration of the Ph.D.?

The Ph.D. should last no less than 6 semesters and no more than 10 semesters.

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