The integration week (SI= Semaine d’intégration):
EPFL’s integration week is an incredible 7 days adventure to learn about the student life at EPFL (lots of activities, great parties and some nice surprises) while meeting many great people and soon-to-be friends! This week is entirely organized by students. It is the perfect occasion to get many tips and advices directly from older students who have already done their first year at EPFL. (Do not hesitate to go check their site just to see how amazing this week will be: https://polysi.ch/)
Welcome week ESN
Are you a new exchange student at EPFL and did you just arrive in Switzerland? The association ESN (Erasmus Student Network) organizes a “Welcome Week” for you at the beginning of each semester. The next edition of the Welcome Week takes place from September 7th to September 13th 2020 and it will allow you to meet your fellow exchange students. During the Welcome Week, you will discover your new place of study and find out everything you need to know in order to have a successful exchange semester or year. The events like Chalet Weekend, Lausanne City Rally, Fondue Dinner, Welcome Party, Sports Tournament and Pub Nights will allow you to dive into Swiss culture and student life in Lausanne. For more information, visit the following https://epfl.esn.ch/welcome-week
The Coaching (It’s only love) is a group of students in each section who will be there to help you get integrated in an academic level as well as in your student life. They are the first people of EPFL that you will meet so don’t hesitate to ask for advice or to participate in their events.
The Welcome Party:
It is your first day at EPFL? Let’s celebrate! The coaching organizes a huge activity for the new students on the very first day. It starts right after EPFL’s official welcoming ceremony. It allows you to meet your section (the students who will be with you all year long) and make your first steps while having fun on campus. For those who want to party, all students are invited to continue their evening in a night club in Lausanne.
Polynite is the first event of the year on campus. For one night, EPFL transforms itself to host all its students in bachelor and master as well as students from other schools such as UNIL. It is the perfect chance to meet and get to know people. Take advantage of it, the tickets to get in only cost 5 francs!
The school book sale:
Stop right there new student. Don’t rush to buy yours books at the beginning of the year because there is an alternative which is much more affordable: The school book sale. (La boursobouquins).
It is one day which takes place at the beginning of each semester and allows you to deposit your books and to buy any type of book, especially the schoolbooks recommended by your professors, at a much lower price. ( 2 to 3 times cheaper!)
To avoid missing out on our events, don’t hesitate to look at our social medias:
Our best advices for new students:
Before arriving on campus:
1. Register at EPFL’s integration week! It is the best way to get to know the school, and to meet new friends before the beginning of your classes.
2. Pay attention to the deadlines! It is necessary to register in time (You could get yourself in a bad position, having to pay a fee for a belated inscription, …)
3. Get yourself ready! EPFL requests a good level in math and physics (EPFL puts to use a book to get prepared). But most importantly don’t forget to rest beforehand.
4. Pay attention to enterprises proposing preparation classes: there are all profitable and are not recognized by EPFL. We suggest you keep your energy for your first 14weeks of school. Instead you can look at EPFL teaching material: https://www.epfl.ch/education/studies/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Apprendre-a-etudier_programme-2019..pdf
1st step on campus:
- If you have any questions, or if you want a better integration or anything of that sort, see with the Coaching. They are here for you, we suggest that you answer their e-mail to get to know who your coaches are and to let them know who you are!
- HOUSING: The student residences are usually a good solution for the first year’s students (For example: FMEL, Estudiantines…).
EPFL’s website on housing will tell you more about it: https://www.epfl.ch/campus/services/housing/en/ineedhousing/students/.
To get installed, the best locations are close to the metro M1 (close to campus and student parties but can be far from the city)
Another possibility is to be in the center of the city of Lausanne giving access to more services (Culture, shops…). In any case, being more than 30 minutes away can rapidly become an issue.
- COOL PLACES: Satellite, the famous and intemporal bar on campus which we can’t get bored of, the lake for the sunny days (always nice and with a good vibe) but be careful of the noise after 10pm, a fine is easy to get.
- TO MOVE AROUND: EPFL has a very vast parking place for bikes with also a place where you can go to fix your bike (Point Vélo).
You can also open a free publibike account (it is a bike network in free access on Lausanne and its surroundings.) thanks to your EPFL’s login on: https://mycamipro.epfl.ch/client/bicreg
- Once installed, register to your commune, validate your insurance or get one. (still with your commune)
If you are a foreigner and you wish to keep your principal residence elsewhere, the law allows you to do so as long as you spend at least 2days a month in said residence. If you feel lost, Agepoly puts to all the student’s use a free adviser (https://agepoly.ch/services/assurances/)
- Don’t rush into buying your books. Wait for your professors ‘opinions to know which books are really useful. Then, Agepoly organizes a book sale every semester, buying books to former 1st year’s student is also a good option. You can also check out the permanent book sale of Agepoly’s shop which few people know about.
- Classes are EPFL’s heart but it doesn’t stop there. There are numerous associations for everyone’s taste so don’t hesitate to look at our different commissions (https://agepoly.ch/commissions/) and all the other associations (https://www.epfl.ch/campus/associations/fr/index-fr-html/)
If you have any questions, you can contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org