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Fall 2020 academic year: important information


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Status: January 14th, 2021

  • All courses, large and small, are given online from 2 November. 
  • The token system is suspended. 
  • Exceptions are provided for in the Ordinance promulgated by the Federal Council, Article 6d, paragraph 1, letter b, for courses that require the use of campus infrastructure, such as certain practical laboratory work. Students who wish to meet their professor for their dissertation work, for example, may also do so. 
  • Practical work: this can take place face-to-face if no remote alternative can be found and with a maximum of 30 participants.
  • The buildings are closed and access is via your Campus Card.
  • Libraries: the Unithèque and Internef sites of the BCUL remain open. From 4 to 22 January, however, they are reserved for members of the UNIL community, as are the UNIL buildings, only on presentation of the Campus Card.


Help for students

Students can write to or turn to the helpdesk in the event of technical problems or for the loan of IT hardware. In addition, social, guidance and student support services continue to operate. More information




Status: January 14th, 2021

The strengthening, as of Monday 18 January, of the measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic (announced by the Federal Council on Wednesday 13 January) do not entail any changes for the winter 2021 examination session. The exams take place as planned, according to the planning and modalities communicated to by the Faculties.

Arrangements made by the faculties for the winter 2021 examination session:

Faculty of Theology and Sciences of Religions

Faculty of Law, Criminal Justice and Public Administration

Faculty of Arts

Faculty of Social and Political Sciences

Faculty of Business and Economics

Faculty of Biology and Medicine

Faculty of Geosciences and Environment: please refer to the mails sent by the faculty.


Protection Plan for in person exams - Winter 2021 session


Distance learning




Following the additional provisions announced by the Federal Council on Wednesday 13 January, the conditions of use of the libraries for members of the university community remain unchanged on the Dorigny campus:

  • The Unithèque and Internef sites of the BCUL remain open. From 4 to 22 January, however, they are reserved for members of the UNIL community, as are the UNIL buildings, only on presentation of the Campus Card.
  • A maximum number of people can be present. Wearing a mask is mandatory. All BCU information here.  
  • Check the schedule page of the BCUL site you want to visit.
Distance learning exams: coaching tutorials & tips

MoodleExam tutorials 

MoodleExam presentation 

Answering a questionaire on MoodleExam

Submitting a written assignment on MoodleExam


Zoom tutorials

I have to use Zoom for an exam

Conduct of my Zoom exam


Browser configuration

Configuring your PC browsers

Configuring your Mac browsers


Preparing for online exams

Online exams tutorial n°1: How to manage the last weeks before the exams? 

Online exams tutorial n°2: Any big differences with traditional exams?   

Online exams tutorial n°3: Some advice for oral and written exams  

Online exams tutorial n°4: Dealing with multiple choices questionaires 

Online exams tutorial n°5: Secure online exams, what to expect?  

Online exams tutorial n°6: Managing the last moments before an exam 


Tip sheet for your preparation for distance examinations

Distance Learning: video tutorials


The University of Lausanne provides tutorials to study in a distance learning context.

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Mutual aid between students


The University of Lausanne has decided to publish Entraide UNIL which is intended to encourage solidarity between students. It allows people who are experiencing difficulties to anonymously ask for help from other students for course notes or additional resources. 

Each faculty has a dedicated section, where students can have access to the available courses. Each of these sections offers an anonymous forum where students can submit their requests and get answers. All the resources exchanged on this forum will then be wrapped up in a folder, available under the link leading to the forum.

Anonymity is justified by the respect of the privacy in the reasons for not attending the courses or the problems encountered. The conditions of use are presented in each section, thank you to read and respect it.

This section doesn't replace the Moodle assets related to the different courses but is meant to complement them and support all students wishing to use it. Students, coached by the Teaching Support Centre, will be responsible for leading and moderating the exchanges.

Video tutorials for using Entraide UNIL spaces

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Faculties and schools

Sections for faculties and schools are available for self-registration via these links:

Technical solutions to improve distance learning

Entraide UNIL

Do you have difficulties following the online courses for technical reasons (problems with equipment, wifi connection, etc.)? You can report any problems you encounter by specifying them at

IT hardware

The IT Centre has a small stock of computers (desktops) that it can lend to students who have no other solution. Interested parties are requested to contact so that their request can be evaluated. Students who do not have internet access for distance learning are invited to contact the same address in order to find a solution. If the stock of computers is insufficient, alternative means will be deployed.

IT tools at your disposal

For group work

Microsoft Teams is a collaborative tool that already allows you to chat, create virtual communities, share documents and collaborate as a team in a synchronous or asynchronous way. In view of the start of the new academic year, it has been enriched with new functionalities. You can now :

  • Hold videoconferences with up to 49 simultaneous video streams (for a maximum of 300 participants)
  • Invite your colleagues to your virtual meetings directly from your calendar in Teams
  • Work securely: documents stored and shared on MS Teams are encrypted

You must use your UNIL usernames and passwords to use Teams and all Microsoft online services.

To follow the distance learning courses

Zoom and Ubicast are used to broadcast your lessons live. Your teachers can also record and stream them.

The IT Centre helpdesk is at your disposal for any further information you may require.

Data analysis and programming

Mathworks, a software publisher, provides UNIL students with several licenses of Matlab, a digital calculation and data visualization program. This will allow you to develop algorithms and create mathematical models. This tool is also a programming environment allowing to solve problems in a simple language. You can find more information about it on



Other options : Octave, directly compatible with most simple Matlab scripts, is the closest alternative to Matlab. Increasingly popular, the Julia programming language, which is located between Matlab and R software, is another possibility.

Evaluate the lessons

Your teachers have worked hard to adapt their teaching to the current situation and the use of distance education technologies, sometimes with varying degrees of success. They have the possibility to ask the Teaching Support Centre to send you an interim evaluation questionnaire in order to obtain your opinion on their course in its current form, your possible needs and suggestions for improvement.

If so, you will receive an e-mail from the Teaching Support Centre inviting you to fill in an online questionnaire anonymously. Help your teachers to help you in your learning by constructively raising your difficulties and suggesting solutions!

Problems or questions: where to turn to

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Need financial support?

Write to All information on UNIL financial aid can be found on the website of the Social Affairs and Student Mobility Service (SASME). 

In case the SASME cannot intervene, the UNIL Federation of Student Associations ("Fédération des associations d'étudiant-e-s de l’UNIL" - FAE) offers a Student Solidarity Fund

Need psychological support?

Do not hesitate to contact the psychotherapeutic consultation: Further information on the conditions and general operation of the consultation can be found on the website of the Social Affairs and Student Mobility Service (SASME).

Do you have health problems?

Accueil Santé UNIL can help you.

Need spiritual support?

Mourning, questioning, need to listen, or need a moment of prayer or meditation? Please contact the UNIL-EPFL Ecumenical Chaplaincy.

Do you have any questions about your study situation or about a reorientation?

The Guidance and Careers Service (SOC) can be contacted by e-mail ( or by phone (Mon-Fri, 1-3pm: 021 692 21 30), to give you an update on your current study situation, to anticipate a change of orientation or to answer your questions concerning the transition to employment.

A permanent service on Zoom has been set up, upon registration. All the information is available here.

For any specific questions related to your studies, you can contact the study advisors or the study secretariats of your respective faculties.

Do you have any questions regarding a Bachelor's, Master's or Doctorate registration?

Registration, change of faculty, or request for information on the conditions of access to UNIL... Contact the Registration and Enrolment Service (SII) by telephone or e-mail.

Questions about student mobility?

For any questions about general agreements, faculty agreements, SEMP agreements (Swiss-European Mobility Programme - ex-Erasmus), mobility grants or internships abroad, write to the SASME at




You can contact us here if you have any problems or questions: