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Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

EPFL is a prestigious institute of technology, located in full view of the alps on the north side of Lake Geneva, one of Europe's most beautiful spots. From its foundation in 1853, EPFL has evolved into a n internationally renowned institution that attrats the best intellects in the world.

PhD Programmes

Engineering & Technology (9)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (8)
Business & Management (2)
Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Social Sciences (1)



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.


Thirteen different engineering science programs, customised PhD programs, cutting-edge laboratories directed by internationally renowned professors, a modern, fast-developing campus, close ties to industry: EPFL offers an exceptional student experience to young people planning a higher education in science and technology.


The world is changing, and the problems facing it are becoming increasingly complex and have no respect for the boundaries of a single scientific field. As one of the premier institutes of higher education in Switzerland, the EPFL has the responsibility of training future scientists and engineers to face and conquer these challenges. To do so, we need to rethink how we train our students, and in particular, how we can enable them embrace the transdisciplinary approaches necessary for solving such complex problems. Our answer is the Discovery Learning Labs program (DLL).The DLL is a combination of a new pedagogical approach combined with the physical infrastructure to support it.

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Student services

The EPFL "Student Services" desk is the main contact point for all academic queriesFor EPFL students or doctoral students, whether recently arrives or recently graduated, whether you have a doubt, a question or a problem. The "Student Services" Hotline is the focal point to process all your requests.

  • Receiving and processing students' requests by e-mail, phone or in person.
  • Immediate response or rerouting to the department in charge according to the nature of your request.
  • Depending on the problem, an appointment can be made for you with a member of the Student Services staff.

Housing services

As housing possibilities are limited in Switzerland, they strongly encourage you to find accommodation information as soon as possible. Once you have received a confirmation that you have been selected, please do contact immediately the EPFL housing office stating that you will be a research intern at EPFL. If the housing office can offer you a flat-sharing solution or a room with a private landlord, you are free to reject, however, you will then have to look on your own.The various regions and municipalities around Lausanne are very well served by public transport and we advise you not to restrict your search only to Lausanne itself.

Library services

EPFL students and employees, and simply curious persons: the EPFL Library offers you services on its premises at the Rolex Learning Center every day from 7:00 to midnight and up to 24/7 for electronic collections.

Student Life

Campus life

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.

Sports facilities

  • Holmes Place
Club services: fitness machines, cardio-training, collective courses, sauna,hammam, jacuzzis, solariums, towels and shampoo at disposal, massages,kindergarten.
  • Fitness Parc M Malley
Club services: fitness machines, cardio-training, collective courses, sauna, hammam, jacuzzis, solariums, towels and shampoo at disposal, massage,swimming pool with salt water.

Student clubs

Thanks to more than sixty student associations active on EPFL campus, our community enjoys a dynamic place of studies, where diversity invites itself through various events.Aware of the workload resulting from managing a student association, Educational Affairs provides their students with the tools and resources they need to thrive associative life and make it become compatible with their studies.


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.

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