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.

  • 14.03.18

    14.03 - 25.03.2018

    Programme Commun 2018

    Manufacture takes part in Programme Commun, hosting Simone Aughterlony, Rodrigo Garcia and Stefan Kaegi (Rimini Protocole)

  • 19.03.18

    19.03 - 29.03.2018

    Atelier pro: Auto-fiction / être auteur interprète de sa propre histoire

    par Jonathan Capdevielle, metteur en scène, comédien, marionnettiste, ventriloque et danseur.
    En partenariat avec l’Arsenic, dans le cadre du festival Programme Commun.

    - Dates: du lundi 19 au jeudi 29 mars 2018 (relâche le 25 mars 2018) / 60 heures

  • 21.03.18

    21.03 - 23.03.2018

    Public presentation of the solos, Bachelor Dance - promo D

    The students of Bachelor in Contemporary Dance - promo D - will present their solos of 1st year in public, on 21 and 22 March 2018

  • 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.

  • 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**

  • 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.

  • 07.03.18

    07.03 - 08.03.2018

    HEP - L’écriture dramatique comme écriture de l’oralité

    Journée de formation HEP-VAUD pour enseignants
    animée par Noëlle Renaude, auteure et enseignante régulière à la Manufacture
    Mercredi 7 et jeudi 8 mars 2018 / 14 heures
    Horaire : 9h - 12h30 / 14h - 17h30

  • 28.02.18

    28.02 - 01.03.2018

    Promo-B, Bachelor Dance Works

    The students of promo B will present their Bachelors works in contemporary dance, as duet or solo, on Wednesday 28 February and Thursday 1st March 2018. ** FULL **

  • 27.02.18

    27.02 - 06.03.2018

    Public speaking workshop

    Public speaking workshop Tuesday 27, Wednesday 28 February and Tuesday 6 March 2018
    Coach: Alain Borek
    Registration deadline: 6 February 2018

  • 25.01.18


    HEP - Interventions artistiques hors scène

    Journée de formation HEP-VAUD pour enseignants
    animée par Claire de Ribaupierre
    Jeudi 25 janvier 2018, de 9h à 12h30, 14h à 17h30 / 7 heures