Haute école de musique de Lausanne
The HEMU includes three teaching sites located in Lausanne, Fribourg and Sion. Lausanne, one of Europe’s premier cultural and educational centres, is on the edge of the UNESCO World Heritage Lavaux region. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters and the nearby Montreux Jazz Festival are two of Lausanne’s other internationally renowned focal points. It is part of the University of Applied Sciences western Switzerland (HES-SO), the largest professional University in the country, hosting 14'000 students.
French & English
Mid February – Late June
1 per year
The University has over 400 student rooms and apartments available to international students. International students are given priority for housing options. Applications need to be submitted before the specified deadlines to ensure successful applications and accommodation allocation.
Visa & Insurance
GISP students from countries that are non UE/AELE will need to complete applications for visa and entry “Demande d’autorisation de séjour pour étude (hors UE/AELE).
Students should aim to complete application procedures as soon as possible as some visas can take as long as 3 months. If you have any question on visa and entry procedure, please refer to the Swiss Federal Office for Migration website www.foreigners.ch. When booking your flight to Geneva, make sure you have the required visa for the countries via which you may transit.
A valid health and accident insurance is obligatory to reside in Switzerland but not in neighbouring France. Students who do not hold a European Health Insurance Card will need to have the “Check form for the equivalent of the Swiss Health Insurance” sent to their home insurance so that these can certify full coverage according to the specific Swiss rules for the duration of the program. Should such a certification not be possible, students will need to sign up for an insurance upon arrival in Switzerland. The BUIS (Office for Student Welfare) have a variety of policies to recommend for as little as CHF 80 a month.
Cost of Living
Accommodation: CHF 470 - CHF 600
Food: CHF 300
Transport: CHF 45 - CHF 70
Insurance: CHF 436
Others (Misc): CHF 700
Monthly Estimate: CHF 1,951 - CHF 2,106