Interest-free loan



Among the many services EPFL Alumni offers, the ACUBE Foundation grants each year a number of honor loans to EPFL graduates wishing to continue their education and broaden their professional expertise. These loans are for EPFL Alumni contributors only.

These loans are interest-free, repayable at the end of the course, training or project, within a period of three years for loans less than CHF 5 000.- and within five years for larger loans. They range from CHF 5 000.- to a maximum of CHF 20 000.-, and requires the signature of a guarantor living in Switzerland.

This financial aid is intended for EPFL graduates who wish to expand their technical knowledge and develop their management skills.

These loans enable young graduates to…

  • extend their diploma work into industrial development;
  • more extensively explore a specific scientific field;
  • enroll in management courses (technology, marketing, finance, IT …);

and they make it possible for graduates with a few years experience to:

  • pursue post-graduate studies in Switzerland or abroad;
  • enroll in general management courses.

Candidates for these loans will find any information in the application procedure for loan here (FR). They can apply by filling the form below and return it to our postal address. Please attach a resume and all required information. An electronic version shall be sent by email as well.

The committee responsible for the granting of loans is available to discuss various options with graduates. To set up a discussion, please contact EPFL Alumni or directly the current President of the Foundation, Yvan Galeuchet.

If you are interested in benefiting from an interest-free loan, please fill in the application form here (FR) and then send it to EPFL Alumni.

Among other criteria for awarding loans are project merit, as well as applicant qualification and financial status.
Some applications are accepted throughout the year.




Adrian Cachinero Vasiljevic (EL’11, MTE’13), entrepreneur, joined INSEAD for his MBA
My time at EPFL was particularly memorable for the support I received along the way. A few years into my career, I wanted to continue my education in business studies and pursue an MBA program. I applied for the ACUBE Foundation Honor Loan and found the same supportive spirit that I remembered from my student days. The help allowed me to reach my professional goals and I will always be grateful to the foundation.


Gabriele Ottino (PH’02), Head of digitalization at Axpo Group, went to England to pursue his MBA at London Business School.
After the MBA (…) I landed a job as Chief Marketing Officer at FashionFriends – the fashion e-commerce company. Without my newly acquired business knowledge I probably wouldn’t have been considered for this role. Ultimately all of this wouldn’t have been possible without the generous support of the EPFL Acube Foundation and the prêt d’honneur.


Elena Chiavi (AR’16), Architect, made an Architecture workshop in Mexico.
This workshop has been a great transition between my master project and the PhD I was about to start, also at EPFL. I had already participated in workshops during my studies so I knew how important it was to get practical experience in architecture. I would like to warmly thank the Acube Foundation for giving me the opportunity to continue my search for the most singular places in the world.”


Tibor Gergely (MA’07), cofounder of AUK Trading, received a loan to study financial mathematics at the Courant Institute at New York University (NYU).
I have studied financial mathematics at New York University’s Courant Institute between september 2007 and december 2008, at a time when EPFL didn’t offer a financial engineering training. The admission was very selective: we were only 30 full-time students for over 900 applicants. The CHF 18’000 interest-free loan granted by the Acube Foundation helped me fund the tuition fees.




Established on February 21, 1997, by the A3-EPFL, the ACUBE Foundation seeks to promote the professional development of EPFL alumni. As the Foundation is recognized for its public utility, donations from individuals or legal entities are deductible from the direct federal tax and cantonal tax, to the extent permitted by law. The Foundation Board is composed of five to eight members. One member is nominated by EPFL and the others are alumni of EPFL. The Board is currently chaired by Yvan Galeuchet (PhD PH’91). According to Article 2 of its Constitution, the Foundation provides grants to EPFL graduates who wish to deepen their knowledge in engineering and management, for example for:

  • young graduates to study abroad;
  • young graduates to expand their graduation project for an industrial application;
  • alumni to pursue postgraduate studies in Switzerland or abroad;
  • alumni to execute an industrial project in the context of a scientific development led by an institute at EPFL.


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