The Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) is one of the world’s leading research universities. It specializes in science, technology, engineering, and architecture. EPFL is located in the French-speaking city of Lausanne.
From Private School to The Leading Education Hub
EPFL was established as a private school in 1853 by the federal government of Switzerland to educate scientists and engineers. In 1869, it became the technical department of the public Academy of Lausanne. This academy eventually became known as the University of Lausanne and established itself as a federal institute.
Since its foundation, the EPFL has grown and expanded, becoming one of Europe’s most recognized institutions. Today it attracts some of the brightest minds in their respective fields. It has been consistently ranked in the top 10 universities in all of Europe, and in the top 100 worldwide [12th in 2018].
The EPFL brings together over 14,000 individuals, students, researchers, and staff from over 120 nations, with 50% of its professors and students coming from abroad. The university offers 13 Bachelor’s and 24 Master’s degrees in architecture, civil engineering, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, microengineering, materials science, electrical engineering, computer science, communications systems, and life sciences and technology.
The campus consists of 65 buildings. It includes 2 museums [the Bolo Museum (Musée Bolo) and the Archizoom], the Rolex Learning Center (EPFL Learning Centre). The University has a unique library that houses one of the largest scientific collections in Europe.
EPFL also unites more than 250 laboratories directed by internationally renowned professors. This is probably one of the reasons why the university is considered one of the most innovative and productive scientific institutions in the world.
Campus life is vibrant. It covers participation and creation of many student-led clubs and associations for recreational and social purposes. Sports play an essential role in a student’s education here. There are 16 sporting activities available on campus, and the facilities are open to all students at the university.
Students at EPFL also active when it comes to the media, which includes daily broadcasts on the student radio station, and publishing the EPFL Magazine, a monthly community magazine that replaced the Flash newspaper. There’s even an app available for download so that users can read it on their tablet or smartphone.
Students take part in an international exchange with the world’s best institutions and industrial internships. They also have a chance to participate in multiple research projects at the university laboratories and in research groups.
If you are interested in what this university offers, then come be part of this exceptional university, check out the fantastic city of Lausanne, and enjoy living on the north side of Lake Geneva, and at the foot of the Alps and Mont Blanc.
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Some more facts about EPFL
In accordance with the Federal Higher Education Act (HEdA), the university is accredited by the Swiss Center of Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education (CRUS-OAQ). The university is also in compliance with the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), which was created by the Bologna Process to ensure compatibility in the standards and quality of Europe’s higher education systems.
The university belongs to the Domain of the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology (ETH Domain), a union of research institutes and universities that includes ETH Zurich. Both universities are required by law to teach and conduct research in the fields of science, mathematics, engineering, architecture, and other related fields. The EPFL also works in conjunction with several other universities and engineering schools, secondary schools and gymnasiums, developing and emerging countries, the general public, and various industrial, economical, and political circles.