Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
EPFL is located on the shores of Lake Geneva and brings together over 10,000 people on a single campus, including 7,200 students and 320 faculty members. Since it was founded in 1853, EPFL has become a world-renowned international institution with more than 110 nationalities on campus.
The School has a unique organization to foster cross-disciplinary research and promote partnerships with other institutions and with companies. Its more than 340 laboratories and research groups enable EPFL to rank among the world’s most innovative and productive institutions in terms of technology and science. EPFL offers 15 Bachelor's complete and 22 Master's programs in engineering, basic sciences, computer and communication sciences, life sciences, architecture and the environment, and management of technology. The EPFL Doctoral School enables PhD students of the same subject to work together, transcending the boundaries of their own labs. Students attending the EPFL School of Continuing Education have the opportunity to strengthen and update their skills and knowledge, giving them a competitive edge in a rapidly evolving professional environment.
Typical Academic Year
The academic year at EPFL is divided into two (autumn and spring) semesters of courses, 14 weeks each, followed by 2 to 3-week (winter and summer) exam sessions.
O Autumn semester course schedule : mid September to end December
O Winter exam session : last three weeks in January
O Spring semester course schedule : mid February to end May
O Summer exam session : mid June to beginning of July
Planning Your Time
Our study programs are designed for full-time studying to obtain 30 credits per semester. The information provided during lectures may be substantial as from the start of term, which is why you should schedule practical work and exam preparation as from the onset of the courses. Both the winter and summer exam sessions are usually punctuated by 2-3 weeks’ revision time during which there are no lectures. These weeks are not holidays and should be used to complete reports on practicals and projects and revise for the exams which are within a three week period.