Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Lausanne, Switzerland

No. Students: 10,000 (5,000 int'l)*
Funding type: Public
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By all metrics used for international comparisons, Switzerland has consistently remained a global leader for its focus and investment in research and education. EPFL represents the quintessence of Switzerland's innovation forces, reflected daily with the results and distinctions obtained by its researchers, the vitality of home-grown entrepreneurs and in the international networks established with other centers of excellence.

This innovative spirit coupled with the excellent infrastructure available has attracted to EPFL leading scientists from around the world, and resulted in a spectacular growth of its scientific output and publications. This evolution's impact is also seen in academic international rankings, confirming the rapid development of the institution.


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 14,000 persons, students, researchers and staff. With 50% of its faculty recruited internationlly and over 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.

Student life

Lausanne - a students'city

The small, vibrant city of Lausanne is a great place to live and work. Nearly 30,000 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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