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.

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