University of Lausanne

Lausanne, Switzerland
Founded in 1537, the University of Lausanne is composed of seven faculties where approximately 11,500 students and 2,200 researchers work and study. Emphasis is placed on an interdisciplinary approach, with close cooperation between students, professors and teaching staff. The UNIL campus is spread across three locations, the largest of which is in Dorigny, on the shores of Lake Geneva.



In 1970, the university moved progressively from the old city of Lausanne, around the Cathedral and the Château, to its present site at Dorigny. The end of the 20th century witnessed the beginnings of an ambitious project aiming at greater co-operation and development among the French-speaking universities of Lausanne, Geneva and Neuchâtel, together with the EPFL.


The University of Lausanne is a higher teaching and research institution composed of seven faculties where approximately 14,300 students and 3,000 researchers work and study.UNIL is focused on several academic disciplines, especially Medicine, Life Sciences, Geosciences, Environment, Business, Humanities and Social Sciences.An emphasis is placed on an interdisciplinary approach, with close cooperation between students, teaching staff, and professors.


The University of Lausanne comprises more than 140 teaching or research units working in fields as diverse as genomics, aesthetics of cinema, environmental law and criminalistics.In institutes, laboratories and libraries, 3,000 researchers, including 558 professors, work every day on projects of national and international significance, thereby increasing the institution’s research capital. The UNIL seeks in particular to encourage a cross-disciplinary approach to research.

  • Research fields
  • Biology and Medicine
  • Law, Criminal Justice and Public Administration
  • Geosciences and Environment
  • Business and Economics
  • Arts
  • Social and Political Sciences
  • Theology and Sciences of Religions


Postdoctoral professional career development: Self-assessment questionnaireThe self-assessment questionnaire is intended specifically for Postdocs. It is meant to facilitate an annual assessment of your current position, aid reflection on your accomplishments and help you identify what is required for progress towards your professional goals.After you finish your self-assessment, it is recommended to discuss it with a resource person such as a department head, a project principal applicant, a professor, or a mentor.

Master's Programmes

Social Sciences (18)
Business & Management (14)
Humanities (8)
Law (5)
Medicine & Health (4)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (4)
Computer Science & IT (3)
Applied Sciences & Professions (2)
Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Engineering & Technology (2)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)


Housing services

  • Dependent room
This is a room, generally furnished, in a private house. The landlord may require a 1 or 2 month financial guarantee.
  • Independent room
This is a room, generally furnished, with its own entrance.
  • Shared apartment
This is a joint tenancy, i.e. a room in an apartment with other students. The landlord may require a 1 or 2 month financial guarantee.
  • Apartment
The majority of apartments are managed by estate agents. Therefore, to get an apartment you will have to contact directly the agencies in the region. Generally, the lease is for a minimum period of 1 year.
  • Studios
Same as for the apartments, however there are more independent owners, which make it a little bit easier.

Medical services

  • UNIL First Aid Team
  • Emergencies 24H/24 (outside UNIL)
  • UNIL Health Services
Nurses will receive you on a daily basis with or without appointment.Free consultations are offered for all health issues, concerns about high-risk consumption or behavioral difficulties.
  • Psychotherapeutic Consultation Service
  • Dental Care

Student Life

Student clubs

  • Facultaires
  • Association des étudiant-e-s en lettres (AEL)
  • Association des doctorants et assistants en sciences de la Faculté de biologie et médecine (ADAS)
  • Association des étudiant-e-s en biologie (LAB)
  • Association des étudiant-e-s en droit de Lausanne (AEDL)
  • Association des étudiant-e-s en géosciences et environnement (AEGE)
  • Association des étudiant-e-s en médecine (AEML)
  • Association des étudiant-e-s en sciences criminelles (AESC)
  • Association des étudiant-e-s en sciences des religions (AESR)
  • Association des étudiant-e-s en SSP (AESSP)
  • Association des étudiant-e-s en théologie (AETh)
  • Association du corps intermédiaire de la Faculté des lettres (ACIL)

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