Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Lausanne, Switzerland

No. Students: 7,500 (3,000 int'l)* No. of Academic staff: 1,200
Funding type: Public
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EPFL is one of the two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology. From its foundation in 1853, the young engineering school has grown in many dimensions, to the extent of becoming one of the most famous institutions of science and technology. With state-of-the art facilities on a single campus, bright students and outstanding faculties, EPFL's reputation as a top-rate teaching and reserach institution continues to grow.

EPFL is located in Lausanne in Switzerland, on the shores of Lake Geneva, the largest lake in Europe, and in front of the Alps and Mont-Blanc. Its main campus brings together over 11,000 persons, students, researchers and staff. With 50% of its faculty recruited internationlly and 60% of its PhD students coming from abroad, EPFL is one of the most international universitites in the world. Daily interactions amongst students, researchers and entrepreneurs on campus give rise to new scientific, technological and architectural projects. With over 350 laboratories and research groups on campus, EPFL is also one of Europes most innovative and productive scientific institutions.

Not suprisingly, our graduates enjoy maximum mobility and international employment opportunities.


EPFL offers 22 programmes of study leading to the master's degrees, in line with the Bologna system, either in 90 ECTS or 120 ECTS (depending on the program).

The programs offer great flexibility with regard to choice of subjects, trans-disciplinary perspectives and some novel re-orientation opportunities towards other scientific domains. A large choice of complementary 30 ECTS minors are available, adding flexibility and depth in the education of our engineers.


About 12,000 people interact daily ont EPFL's campus. For instance, the Rolex Learning Center, EPFL's new library and architectural landmark, offers a unique setting for students to interact, study and relax; the sports center is ideally situated on the lakefront and offers a wide array of activities; several student associations and clubs brings beople together around their favorite hobbies.

To encourage and promote the development of appropriate plurilingual and intercultural skills, the EPFL language center offer free access to its courses to all registered students.

Student life

Lausanne - a students'city

The small, vibrant city of Lausanne is a great place to live and work. Nearly 25,000 of the city's 135,000 inhabitants are students. The city center is a thriving creative zone with lively nightlife. Residents enjoy a wide variety of arts, culture and sporting events. The city center is only a few minute from EPFL, with quick and frequent connections with national and European trains and the Geneva International Airport.

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