Enrollment

EPFL Extension School learner

Enrollment
process

Digital skills.
For everyone.

When a course or program is open for enrollment, you will be able to start the process directly from the course or program page by pressing the "Enroll now" button that appears at the top and bottom of the main content. You’ll be taken to our secure enrollment site, where you will need to provide the following information:

  • Personal information including your name, current address and date of birth;
  • Valid credit card details;
  • Valid form of government-issued, photo ID that matches your registration name. In general, we accept passports and driver’s licenses.

Once you have enrolled and are participating in the course, you will need to use the same ID for verification at specific milestones with each course as we are required by law to ensure that the person who has registered for the course or program is in fact the learner who is doing the coursework.

" When people say we need more engineers and more IT specialists, I say no! We need more digital marketers, digital communications specialists, digital economists! Digital is coming into all the jobs we know. "

Ruedi Noser, Swiss parliamentarian, September 2017

Enrollment periods

As our courses and programs offer direct access to the instructor and instructor-graded results, we limit the number of learners enrolled at any given time and admit new learners on a rolling basis.

Each course and program page has details indicating the next expected enrollment date to help you anticipate when you can expect to start your studies.

Once you've registered for a program or course, we hold your place in the enrollment queue, providing you with updates as your expected start date nears.

Applicant requirements

There are no academic pre-requisites whatsoever to enroll in any of our courses or programs.

Technology requirements

Our courses and programs are designed to be completed entirely online so you can follow the coursework from anywhere in the world provided you have a computer and a sufficient internet connection. You will need to be able to stream videos (with sound), and to participate in video chats. For this, you will need to have a minimum bandwidth of 2Mbps download / 512kbps upload.

Pricing

Enrollment in the EPFL Extension School is covered by a monthly fee. This fee gives you to access to high-quality content, personalized one-to-one support of 30 minutes each week with a course instructor as well as access to all the online support tools in the EPFL Extension School learning platform. It also ensures that you have personalized feedback on all your project work from a qualified instructor.

" The ultimate end of education is not a perfection in the accomplishments of the school, but fitness for life.... We have no right to withhold from any one the opportunities for developing all their faculties. "

Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, Swiss educational reformer

The expected length of time needed to complete a course or program is indicated below and also in the description of each specific course or program. You may find you work faster or slower than the average indicated in the description.

For more information on the coursework and enrollment dates, view our courses and programs.

Privacy &
Transparency

Data protection is a matter of confidence and your trust is important to us. We respect Swiss data protection legislation when we collect or use any data relating to your personal information, as detailed below and in our specific privacy policy covering enrolled learners. Your personal details are treated confidentially and only shared with third parties where necessary to provide services to you or to comply with Swiss law.

As part of our enrollment process, as well as when you are taking part in coursework for any of our courses, you will be asked at various times to identify yourself. We do this to meet our legal obligation of ensuring that the person who enrolls in the course is the person who is doing the coursework. Ways in which we ask you to identify yourself may include asking you to show a government-issued photo ID, take a selfie, or type a string of text. Our privacy policy and specific rules for each of our certificate programs have more details about our identification and authentication procedures, and you will have the chance to review them before you confirm your enrollment as a learner.

While enrolled in each course, you will be posting your work and your questions and comments in the online forum as yourself, using a display name/alias which you have created when you enroll. You don’t have to use your name as the name that is visible within the learning platform, but we do not allow any anonymous postings.

" I think that no matter what profession or interest you will pursue in the future, a technological understanding of the digital world is going to be crucial – just like reading and writing was for the 19th century. "

Martin Vetterli, EPFL president

While you are a learner with the EPFL Extension School, we’ll provide you with a personal EPFL Extension School e-mail address, allowing you to register for services with our partner service providers, such as GitHub and Infomaniak, without providing your private e-mail address to them. The EPFL Extension School e-mail account will be deleted when you are no longer enrolled in any EPFL Extension School course or program.

We maintain the same rules of integrity, honesty, and tolerance in our virtual class environment as we have on campus. Cheating, plagiarism and/or harassment will not be tolerated and will be grounds for termination from the program.

We collect aggregated, anonymized data through our web site and our learner platform for research and analysis purposes. We do not share this data with any third parties outside of the services providers we need for our research and analysis.

If you are enrolled through your company, we may be required to share details of your enrollment, including course progress and grades, with your employer. Please check with your HR department as to their policies if you intend to enroll with company support.

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