EPFL – Swiss Federal Institute of TechnologyLausanne, Fribourg, Geneva, Neuchâtel, Valais, EPFL Middle East
The École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne EPFL offers its students and researchers an extraordinary setting: diverse engineering and science curricula, customized PhD programs, cutting-edge laboratories led by internationally renowned professors, a modern campus, satellite sites in French-speaking cantons, and close ties to industry.
EPFL gives access to most fields of Basic Sciences, Engineering, Computer Sciences and Architecture. Its diplomas are recognized internationally and open many career opportunities in Switzerland or abroad.
At the bachelor’s level, 13 programs are offered. They are centered on three main axes: advanced scientific and theoretical knowledge, practical content and permanent contact with the research world.
The 25 master’s programs are based on knowledge acquired at the bachelor’s level. They offer exceptional flexibility and a large choice of subject matters, allowing each student to build a personalized study program. They open doors to careers in both industry and academia.
EPFL’s Doctoral School is organized into 21 doctoral programs, each covering a well-established discipline or one of today’s interdisciplinary research areas.
EPFL is pursuing an ambitious strategy to offer the ideal conditions for undertaking fundamental research at the border of traditional scientific disciplines. A number of transdisciplinary research centers have been created since 2008 to explore emerging fields and help bridge academic boundaries. Some of them are particularly active in green and sustainable domains while others focus on research in solid-state physics, materials science and life sciences. EPFL’s innovative spirit and excellent infrastructure have attracted leading scientists from around the world and resulted in a spectacular growth of its scientific output: the number of invention disclosures was multiplied by two within the past ten years.
EPFL is located in full view of the Alps on the shores of Lake Geneva, one of Europe’s most beautiful spots. On its lively campus, it offers students a great place to work, socialize and stimulate their imagination. EPFL established a unit in charge of developing all initiatives connected with sustainability on campus. These initiatives have notably resulted in the vigorous promotion of soft mobility and the use of renewable energy.
The City of Lausanne
The city of Lausanne is a great place to live and work. Around 10% of its inhabitants are students and they enjoy a wide variety of arts, culture and sporting events. The city center is a thriving creative zone with lively nightlife and a great public transport network. The Olympic Capital is only an hour away from Geneva Airport, at the very heart of Europe. It is an ideal home base for exploring not only the region but also surrounding countries, as Lausanne’s railway station is also a hub for many Swiss and European destinations.
The Lake Geneva Region
International, highly skilled and dynamic: these are the typical adjectives used to describe the region on the shores of Lake Geneva. It is an economically flourishing region offering excellent professional and academic career prospects to ambitious young scientists and engineers. It hosts the headquarters of many international organizations as well as many multinational companies.
RESEARCH + TEACHING AREAS
- Computer Science
- Engineering and Architecture
- Mathematics and Natural Sciences
- Number of Bachelor programmes: 13
- Number of Master programmes: 25
- Number of PhD programmes: 21
- Number of programmes in continuing education: 27 (EMBA, MAS, CAS, COS)
At a glance
FOUNDED IN 1853, ESTABLISHED AS A FEDERAL INSTITUTE IN 1969
57% INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
660 CHF TUITION FEES/SEMESTER FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS (2019/20)
QS WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKING (2020): RANK 18
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