Exchange stay at HEIG-VD


Exchange Programmes

Exchange semester(s)

For 1 or 2 semesters, students from partner Institutions of HEIG-VD enroll in regular classes and take exams. Students need a good working knowledge of French (B2 level), except if they are here for the International Business programme taught in English (B2 level also).

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Preferred Arrival Date

September 15th, 2022

February 17th, 2023

Classes start

September 20th, 2022

February 20th, 2023

End of Exams
February 12th, 2023
July 2nd, 2023

Break (from - to)

December 26th, 2022 - January 8th, 2023

April 17th-23rd, 2023

Study project

Students from partner Institutions of HEIG-VD use the various labs and work on a compulsory Study Project under the supervision of one of the professors. This student’s home institution and the HEIG-VD agree on content and general conditions beforehand. An agreement must be set up and signed by the supervising professor at HEIG-VD, the student and the professor in charge at the partner institution.


Switzerland is not currently associated to the Erasmus+ programme but has its own programme to cooperate with European Higher Education Institutions, SEMP (Swiss-European Mobility programme).
Incoming students from European countries can benefit from SEMP subsidies.


Application Procedures

Incoming students to HEIG-VD have to apply through the International Office of their home institution. Students from partner institutions of HEIG-VD who wish to do a personal Study Project should apply through the International Office of their home institution to request a list of possible projects.

Once selected by their university, incoming students will have to submit

  • a completed application form
  • their academic transcript
  • a copy of their picture ID (passport or identity card)

Students coming for Study Projects, additionally submit:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • a recommendation of their tutoring professor

Application deadline is

  • for the fall semester: April 30th
  • for the spring semester: December 15th


Our Team

The International Office is an administrative department of the School. It serves as the primary point of information for incoming and outgoing exchange students, researchers and other international guests. We manage HEIG-VD's expanding network of international contacts, implement the School’s exchange, scholarship and mobility programmes, and help promote internationalisation on campus.


If you are an exchange student from one our partner universities abroad, we are here to help you answer questions and find your way around – even before you arrive. Likewise, we provide counselling, support and financial assistance to HEIG-VD students who wish to spend some time abroad studying at one of our partner universities or completing an internship with a foreign company. Furthermore, we assist faculty and staff from partner universities who visit HEIG-VD as guests on a mobility programme. 

Our International Office staff are happy to answer your questions.

Head of International Office

Christopher Martellet


International Office Team

Marlène Godinat
Corinne Perrenoud

Please note: If you wish to study for a full Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, please contact the secretariat for further information and assistance:, +41 24 557 63 30