Financial support for mobility for UNIL teaching staff under bilateral agreements

Bilateral agreements provide financial support for teaching and research activities with universities all over the world. General agreements (which cover all of UNIL) are separate from faculty agreements (which are limited to a particular faculty). Once the agreement has been signed, the International Relations Office can contribute to travel costs for UNIL teaching staff, subject to the funds available, according to the directive 2.4 about the financial participation in the framework of international agreements and the directive 0.8 about the organisation of professionals travels.


Maximum stay of two weeks in the partner university for teaching or research activities.


The following members of the UNIL teaching staff can benefit from financial support from the International Relations Office:

  • Professors (as defined in art. 52 al. 1 let. a of the Law on the University of Lausanne, i.e. full professors, associate professors, and assistant professors);
  • Senior lecturers type 1 and 2 (maîtres d'enseignement et de recherche de type 1 et de type 2).
  • Agreement signed with the partner university (see list of agreements opposite)
  • Maximum two-week stay
  • Maximum three trips per year for a general agreement (one per faculty) and one trip per year for a faculty agreement
  • Trips that take place during academic sabbaticals cannot be covered.
Financial support
  • Reimbursement of 2nd class train ticket from Lausanne (1st class ticket for Full, Associate and Assistant Professors and for senior lecturers type 1 and 2). For travel durations of more than 5 hours, all employees can take 1st class tickets.
  • Reimbursement of air travel (economy class) and train ticket from Lausanne to the airport.
  • Allowance for actual meals (CHF 28 per main meal and CHF 14 for breakfast, if not included with overnight accommodation) for a maximum of 14 days.
  • Travel insurance.

The directive 0.8 regarding professional travel specifies the conditions to be met for the reimbursment of travel costs, esp. plane tickets. It is recommended to read this document carefuly before planning a professional trip.

Preparing a bilateral agreement

The International Relations Office may contribute to the costs of a preparatory visit, subject to the funds available. The funding procedure is identical to the above.


Before the exchange

  • Notify Marinette Robert at least one month before your trip. The International Relations Office will confirm if and to what extent the trip can be supported. Please note that the International Relations Office does not reimburse travel or subsistence costs unless it has been notified in advance.

After the exchange

  • Return the reimbursement form in English or in French to the International Relations Office, completed and signed, along with all original receipts and a brief activity report in English or in French within 30 days after your return.
  • You will be reimbursed once all the documents have been received.


Ms Marinette Robert
Tel. +41 21 692 20 20

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Europe, Asia and Oceania

Mr Marc Pilloud
Tel. +41 21 692 20 23

Africa and Americas

Mr Mattias Buess
Tel. +41 21 692 20 21

Exchange agreements for teaching staff