EPFL Established: 1853

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Route Cantonale, 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland

The École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) or Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne is a research institute and university in Lausanne, Switzerland, that specializes in natural sciences and engineering. It is one of the two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology, and it has three main missions: education, research and technology transfer at the highest international level.

  • 10,000+
    Total Students
  • 55%
    International Students
  • 11.2
    Students Per Staff
  • Yes
    Financial Aid


EPFL is located in the French-speaking part of Switzerland; the sister institution in the German-speaking part of Switzerland is the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich). Associated with several specialised research institutes, the two universities form the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology Domain (ETH Domain), which is directly dependent on the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research.

The École d'ingénieurs de l'Université de Lausanne, from which EPFL in its modern-day form originates, was located in the center of Lausanne. In 1974, five years after EPFL was separated from University of Lausanne and became a federal institute under its current name, the construction of a new campus at Dorigny in Écublens, a suburb south-west of Lausanne on the shores of Lake Geneva, began. The inauguration of the first EPFL buildings of the new campus took place in 1978.

In connection with research and teaching activities, EPFL operates a nuclear reactor CROCUS, a Tokamak Fusion reactor, a Blue Gene/Q Supercomputer and P3 bio-hazard facilities. Like every public university in Switzerland, EPFL is obliged to grant admission to every Swiss resident who took the maturité high-school certificate recognized by the Swiss Federation. As such, for Swiss students, EPFL is not selective in its undergraduate admission procedures.

General Information

  • Bachelors degree
  • 52% Students
  • CHF 1,600 Domestic tuition fee (average per year*)
  • CHF 1,600 International student tuition fee (average per year*)
  • Masters degree
  • 48% Students

Programs / Degrees at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering ENAC

  • Architecture
  • Civil Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering

Basic Sciences SB

  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Engineering STI

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Microengineering
  • Bioengineering

Computer and Communication Sciences IC

  • Computer Science
  • Communication Systems
  • Data Science

Life Sciences SV

  • Bioengineering
  • Neuroscience Brain Mind & Blue Brain
  • Global Health
  • Cancer

Management of Technology CDM

  • Management of Technology
  • Technology and Public Policy
  • Financial Engineering

College of Humanities CDH

  • Human and Social Science
  • Area and Global Studies
  • Digital Humanities

Academic Life

  • 28 : 72
    Female male ratio
  • Semesters
    Academic calendar

Student Life

  • 3,000-3,499
  • Suburban
    Campus setting
  • Public
    Control type
  • Non-Profit
  • Religious affiliation

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