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Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne (EPFL) EXC
Lausanne, Switzerland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Semester 1,
Semester 2,
Year (Sem 2 & Sem 1)
Partner University Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: Sydney applicants only
Program Details:
Postgraduate coursework, Postgraduate research, Undergraduate
English, French
Program Type:
Exchange Semester/Year
Anticipated Places:
Minimum Mark:
65%; Credit
Agreement Scope:
Program Description:


École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Location: Lausanne
Year Established: 1853
Student Population: 9,900
The École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is a research university in Lausanne, Switzerland, that specialises in physical sciences and engineering. It is one of two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology founded by the Swiss government and is considered one of the most prestigious universities in the world for engineering and sciences.
EPFL was the birthplace of the Archimedean Oath, proposed by students in 1990, which has since spread to a number of engineering schools and is similar to the Hippocratic Oath used in the medical world. The University offers a great campus life, with visual arts, music, performances and theatre right on the doorstep.
Unique Characteristics
EPFL offers 13 different engineering science programs, customised PhD programs, cutting-edge laboratories, a modern, fast developing campus and close ties to industry, offering experience to students planning a higher education in science and technology.
Switzerland’s fourth largest city occupies a pristine, scenic lakeside location. A grand Gothic cathedral dominates the centre and the city is dotted with unusual museums featuring everything from Art to the Olympics. The area around the Flon neighborhood has been transformed from a former derelict warehouse district to a rejuvenated hip urban centre with a cinema complex, art galleries, boutique restaurants and bars. Switzerland is constantly voted among the top livable countries in the world. Lausanne is also home to the International Olympics Committee, numerous sporting federations and multinational corporations.


Academic Information

Course Catalogue 
Information about units of study at the host university

Subject Area/s:

Environmental Science

Civil Engineering


Chemical Engineering



Electrical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Communication Systems

Computer Science

Life Science


Restrictions: Courses in Management of Technology and Financial Engineering (postgraduate level) are restricted and only possible under special request.
Teaching Periods: Semesters/Terms
Term 1: September - February
Term 2: February - July

Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester)

University of Sydney

Host University



The above full-time load is indicative only.
Applications for academic credit are assessed by the relevant University of Sydney faculty/department based on: study load, contact hours, assessment requirements and level of study.

Grading System
The grade scale goes from 1 (being the lowest grade) to 6 (the highest grade).

6 = excellent (A)
5.5 = very good (B)
5 = good (C)
4.5 = satisfactory (D)
4 = pass (E)
grades below  4 = fail (F)

Transcripts Issued by Partner
Transcripts will be sent approximately one month after the exam period to the address you list in the student system. Once you receive your transcript, please supply it to Sydney Abroad for processing.


Language of Instruction
Classes at the host university are taught in English and French.
Language Requirement
A B2 level of French is required to undertake coursework in French. Pre-semester language classes are available to exchange students free of charge.



What is the host city like?
Find out more information about the host city

The host university reserves accommodation places for exchange students

Cost of Living
Use this guide to estimate living expenses associated with studying overseas.

Students are required to obtain health insurance valid during their exchange.

Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students provided by the host university

Semester/Term Dates
Access the University's calendar

The university holds information sessions and a compulsory Welcome Day before the start of semester

Support Services 
Consult support services available at the host university
Information from the host university
Information from the Embassy of Switzerland in Australia

Student Experiences

There are students at EPFL right now! Notes about their experience coming soon!
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