Practical Information

Before starting your studies…

The information below is intended to give you a clearer idea of what studying at the Manufacture entails and of how you can prepare for it in the best possible way.

Successful applicants receive with their admission packs more detailed information on each of these subjects, providing concrete guidance on what to do next.


Nationals of the European Union (EU)

Nationals of European Union (EU) countries can easily obtain a residence permit provided they have in their possession all the required documents.

This permit authorises a maximum of 15 hours work per week.

Nationals of countries outside the EU

Nationals of countries outside the EU must be in possession of a study visa issued by the Swiss Embassy or Consulate of their place of residence.

In particular, they must attest that they are able to support themselves financially.

The formalities to obtain a study visa can take up to 3 months, so it’s important to get started as soon as possible!

Cost of living

Students enrolled on a course need between CHF 1500 and CHF 2500 a month to live on. The amount can vary considerably according to accommodation, one-off costs (insurance, doctor, etc.) and leisure pursuits.


Every student enrolled at the Manufacture must provide the school with copies of the following certificates:

For students from Switzerland

All students enrolled at the Manufacture must be personally insured against sickness and accidents. In addition, they must take steps to obtain personal liability cover for all their activities outside course hours.

For EU nationals

Nationals of these countries must obtain the “European health insurance card”.

A copy of the European health insurance card must be sent to LAMal (institution responsible for the law on health Insurance) at the following address:

KVG, Gibelinstrasse 25, PO Box, CH-4503 Solothurn
Tél : +41 (0)32 625 30 30

After registering with LaMal, your medical costs may be reimbursed directly after submission of the original invoice.

For nationals of countries outside the EU

Nationals of countries outside the EU must in principle take out health insurance in Switzerland and are free to choose their insurer. It is important to compare the amount of premiums, which can vary considerably from one health insurer to another and according to the plan subscribed. The website can help with this choice.


The situation as regards accommodation in the Lausanne region is difficult. There is a scarcity of accommodation and rents for the most part are high. Finding somewhere to live can be time-consuming and it is important therefore to make enquiries without delay. Flat sharing is one recommended solution.

A document listing possible temporary accommodation, particularly for people invited to auditions, can be downloaded below.


In principle, any person wishing to study at the Manufacture must be able to finance their needs for the duration of the course, either personally and/or by means of external financial assistance.

The school does not offer financial support to students, even though to some extent it can facilitate access to a number of grants. In this sense, it is important that students who are unable to finance their studies themselves should make enquiries personally as soon as possible with a view to securing financial support. More detailed information can be found in the handbook sent to future students.

  • 04.04.18

    04.04 - 07.05.2018

    Professional workshop movement: A Necessary Ecology

    By Simone Aughterlony, choreographer and dancer
    From 28th May to 1st June 2018, from 10am to 5pm (1h break for dinner) / 30 hours
    Registration deadline: 7 May 2018
    Workshop in english

  • 16.04.18

    16.04 - 05.05.2018

    Festival STEPS 2018 Tour, Bachelor Dance - promo B

    From 16 April to 5 May 2018, the students of 3rd year in Bachelor in Contemporary Dance - promo B - will participate to the 16th edition of the Migros Culture Percentage Dance Festival Steps.

  • 25.04.18

    25.04 - 23.05.2018

    Public speaking workshop

    Public speaking workshop Wednesday 25, Thursday 26 May and Wednesday 23 May 2018
    Registration deadline: 5 May 2018

    Coach: Jean-François Michelet

  • 28.04.18


    Création interdisciplinaire: "Esperluette"

    Création interdisciplinaire de Lee Maddeford et Daniel Perrin, avec les étudiants de l'HEMU (musiciens classique et jazz) et de La Manufacture (comédiens).
    Samedi 28 avril 2018 à 17h
    Concert suivi d'un apéritif.

  • 01.05.18

    01.05 - 31.05.2018

    HEP - Le théâtre du réel : pour un réalisme global

    Journée de formation HEP-VAUD pour enseignants
    animée par Milo Rau, metteur en scène
    Jeudi 31 Mai 2018, 7 heures
    Horaire : 9h - 12h30 / 14h - 17h30

  • 24.05.18

    24.05 - 07.06.2018

    Public speaking workshop

    Public speaking workshop Thursday 24 et Friday 27 May and Thursday 7 June 2018
    Registration deadline: 3 May 2018

    Coach: Jean-François Michelet

  • 20.04.18


    Preparing a speech workshop

    Thematic worskhop led by journalist Nathalie Randin
    Friday 20 April 2018
    Registration deadline: 30 March 2018

  • 19.04.18


    Talking to the media workshop (full)

    Friday 20 April 2018
    Thematic workshop led by journalist Nathalie Randin.
    Registration deadline: 30 March 2018

  • 13.04.18

    13.04 - 14.04.2018

    Workshop présentation, Bachelor Theatre - class J : "Nos Parents"

    Presentation of the workshop led by Pascal Rambert with students of Bachelor Theatre, promo J, at the Theatre de Vidy, 13 & 14 April 2018. **FULL**

  • 26.03.18

    26.03 - 28.03.2018

    Graduation Solos - promo I

    The students of the Bachelor Theatre - Class I - present their solos in public, on 26, 27 and 28 March 2018. **Sold out**