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BSc Mathematics

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
3 Years
 Start month
September

 Tuition fee

International
633 CHF
National
633 CHF
EU
633 CHF

Application fee

International 150 CHF
National 50 CHF
EU 150 CHF
Department
Basic Sciences
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)96

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About this course

Studying mathematics is an excellent choice for the one who has a taste for intellectual challenges and the sense of analysis and abstraction. By enrolling in mathematics, you enter a sector which will develop your intellectual potential, will bring scientific rigor and will open many doors in stimulating and varied professions. We live in a world of science and high technology and a society based on information, this company needs mathematicians.

The Bachelor degree in Mathematics comprises three years of studies (180 ECTS credits). It is divided into a first year called "propédeutique" (60 ECTS credits) and followed by two-years on Bachelor Cycle (120 ECTS credits). It is an academic title that complies with the Bologna Agreement and entitles the holder to pursue a Masters degree in mathematics and related areas.

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Eligibility Criteria

Minimum level of language required to study at the EPFL

The EPFL recommends that candidates beginning their studies at the EPFL have a minimum level of C1 in the languages of teaching.

As far as the languages of instruction are concerned, acquirement of level C1 is strongly recommended (in French/English for Bachelor/master courses respectively). This is essential if you wish to study under the best possible conditions and ensure your academic success.

In English, first year Bachelor students are required to take an assessment test which will allow them to establish their level in the language.  If level C1 is not achieved, further study will be necessary.  The EPFL Language Centre offers students various possibilities for achieving their objectives in this field.

Test levels/international diplomas evaluated according to the CEFR: French

Alliance Française - Diplôme de Hautes Etudes Françaises (DHEF)
CIEP- Test de Connaissance du Français (TCF 5)
Ministère éducation nationale - Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française (DALF C1)

Languages of instruction

The EPFL Bachelors are taught in French.

The language of teaching for the Masters courses depends greatly on the chosen course; some masters are entirely in English, whilst others entirely in French or bilingual French/English. You will find more information on page Cycle Master.  

Language Centre

In order to encourage and promote the development of linguistic and intercultural competence, the EPFL offers free language courses to its students throughout the year, thanks to its on-campus Language centre.

Admission criteria
Texts here under are for your information only. Legal texts must be considered as the definitive reference. The exposed criteria is available from the 2014 admissions.

All candidates fulfilling the admission criteria described below will be admitted at EPFL in 1st year in their Bachelor’s program of choice, without any entry exam, interview or numerus clausus.

Candidates who do not fulfill the described criteria are kindly asked to read the admission criteria to the Special Mathematics Course (CMS, 1-year preparatory course followed by a partial or complete admission examination) or read information about the admission examination.

Students who are already admitted at another Swiss university are kindly asked to read the conditions regarding transfers from another Swiss university.

Holders a Swiss high-school maturité certificate
All holders of a Swiss high-school maturité certificate recognized by the Confederation will be admitted at EPFL in 1st year in their Bachelor’s program of choice, under no other condition. Go to requested documents >


Holders of a Swiss HES bachelor’s degree
All holders of a bachelor’s degree from a Swiss HES will be admitted at EPFL in 1st year in their Bachelor’s program of choice, under no other condition. Holders of a diploma delivered by a Swiss HES before the introduction of Bachelor’s degrees will be admitted as well. 


Holders of a Swiss professional maturité or a Swiss specialized maturité
Holders of a Swiss professional maturité or a Swiss specialized maturité will not be admitted in 1st year directly. They are kindly asked to apply to the CMS preparatory course.

 
Holders of a European high-school certificate

As of the 1st of December 2013, holders of a high-school certificate with a scientific orientationdelivered by a EU-member country or an EFTA-member country (baccalauréat, Abitur, matura, A-levels, etc.) will be admitted at EPFL in 1st year in their Bachelor’s program of choice, if their overall average grade (as it is indicated on the certificate) equals or tops 80% of the maximum grade.*

If, in the country of graduation, an additional exam is necessary to be admitted at universities, candidates must prove that they also have been admitted in the wished field of study in their home country.

EPFL considers that a B2 level in French is required in order to follow Bachelor’s programs taught at EPFL. A C1 level is recommended. International candidates from non-French-speaking countries must have a possibility to complete their application with a certificate proving their language-level.

For countries that do not state an average grade on the high-school certificates or do not deliver scientific high-school certificates, please refer to the detailed admission criteria by country.

*See special conditions for students with outstanding abilities

 
Holders of a European high-school certificate who officially reside in Switzerland at the time of application
Holders of the mentioned certificates who officially reside in Switzerland at the time of application (for a professional reason, or for the professional reason from the mother and/or father, or spouse that they reside with), have the possibility of being admitted with an overall average grade (as it is indicated on the certificate) equal to or above 70% of the maximum grade. EPFL has the possibility to request official documents attesting this situation in order to complete the candidate's application file.

 
Holders of an International Baccalaureate (I.B.)
Holders of an International Baccalaureate will be admitted at EPFL in 1st year in their Bachelor’s program of choice if the following criteria are fulfilled:

  • 38 points out of 42 (without bonus points);
  • Higher Level (HL) in mathematics; HL in either physics or chemistry and HL in one modern language (SL in a “Language A” subject is also accepted);
  • Additional standard levels (SL) in three of the following fields: natural sciences, geography, history, economics, another modern language.
  • EPFL considers that a B2 level in French is required in order to follow Bachelor’s programs taught at EPFL. A C1 level is recommended. International candidates from non-French-speaking countries must have a possibility to complete their application with a certificate proving their language-level.

Others
Candidates who do not fulfill the above criteria have the possibility to apply to the Special Mathematics Course (CMS). See Admission to CMS.

Criteria for admission to the CMS

The CMS, Special Mathematics Course, is a preparatory year concluded by examinations. The successful candidates get access to all EPFL Bachelors Programs. It is open to precise target groups (see here under). The CMS admits a limited number of students and applications are subject to validation. Candidates should fill in the same online application form as the candidates to a Bachelor's program.

Swiss Diplomas
Holders of

  • a professional maturité
  • a specialized maturité

may be admitted to the CMS if places are still available and if they are under 25 years old.They must pass this preparatory year before they can be admitted in first year, for any program.Rejected applicants still have the option of taking the admission examination.


Foreign Baccalaureates (or the equivalent)
Holders of a general Baccalaureate delivered by a EU member country and the European Association of free exchange who do not fulfill the conditions for admission in first year are not admitted to the CMS.
Exception is made for Swiss citizens living abroad, who may be admitted on a case by case basis.

The applicants still have the option of taking the admission examination.


Holders of a general Baccalaureate, with a scientific profile, delivered by other countries are admitted to the CMS if:

  • The overall average grade in the Baccalaureate is at least 80% (or 16/20),
  • Mathematics and physics were taught without interruption for the two final years leading up to the Baccalaureate
  • The applicant has proof of admission to a university, if this document is required in the country delivering the degree
  • The applicant is younger than 25 years old
  • For those who are not native French speakers, certification of aptitude in French (a good grade as a second language in the Baccalaureate or other proof equivalent to level B2)

Applicants are admitted on a case by case basis and only if there are places left . The Admissions Committee renders decisions in late July. Applicants are individually informed at that time.Rejected applicants still have the option of taking the admission examination.Applicants who are Swiss citizens may be admitted on a case by case basis.


International Baccalaureate (I.B.)
Holders of an International Baccalaureate are directly admitted to the CMS, if places are still available and if the following conditions are fulfilled:

  • 32 points out of 42 (without bonus points);
  • Higher Level (HL) in mathematics; HL in either physics or chemistry and HL in one modern language (SL in a “Language A” subject is also accepted);
  • Additional standard levels (SL) in three of the following fields: natural sciences, geography, history, economics, another modern language, applied mathematics.
  • Being under 25 years old
  • For those who are not native French speakers, certification of aptitude in French (a good grade as a second language in the Baccalaureate or other proof equivalent to level B2)

Applicants who do not fulfill the above conditions are admitted on a case by case basis. The Admissions Committee renders decisions in late July. Applicants are individually informed at that time.Rejected applicants still have the option of taking the admission examination.Applicants who are Swiss citizens may be admitted on a case by case basis.

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Course Modules

BSc (180 ECTS credits)

The basics of analysis, geometry, linear algebra, and general physics are acquired during the 1st year, following which teaching continues with the inclusion of new branches such as topology, operations research, probability, statistics, and numerical analysis. During the 3rd year of the BSc degree, you choose all of your classes and will also carry out two semester projects. Your degree will thus have a personal touch which will serve you well in choosing a MSc program.

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How to Apply

Requested documents

  • 1 colour photo, in jpeg format
  • Quality criteria for passport photos:

            Ratio 3/4 (width/height, the standard for passport photos is 3.5 x 4.5 cm)
            Minimum size of a photo 240 x 320 pixels
            jpeg format
            Less than 2 MB • Clear photo without alterations
            Face at the centre and clearly visible
            Not a copy from your passport, no traces of a stamp on the photo
            Neutral background

  • copy of your passport or identity card
  • copy of residence permit for foreigners living in Switzerland
  • copy of secondary school diploma and grades (maturité, baccalauréat...)
  • copies of grades received during the two years preceding the diploma (for foreign diplomas)
  • copies of all diplomas and grades from post-secondary education (university, preparatory courses... )
  • copy of residence permit (only for students already domiciled in Switzerland)
  • Certificate of removal from the university register (only for students who have already been registered at a Swiss university).
  • Others (on case-by-case basis).

These documents have to be ulploaded into the application form before April 30th.

Supplements to the dossier

Documents that are not in your possession yet on April 30th (such as your baccalauréat/maturité diploma and the final grades, last term grades) must be uploaded into the form before July 15th. 

 

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