The École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) has grown considerably since it was founded in 1853 and established as a federal institute in 1969. It is dedicated more than ever to educating engineers and providing each one with a solid background in basic sciences. Today, the campus resembles a small town on the shores of Lake Geneva where students and employees from over 110 countries live and work – making it one of the most cosmopolitan universities in the world.
EPFL gives access to most fields of Basic Sciences, Engineering, Computer Sciences and Architecture. Its diplomas are recognized internationally and open many career opportunities in Switzerland or abroad. The bachelor’s programs are centered on advanced scientific and theoretical knowledge, practical content and permanent contact with the research world. The master’s programs offer exceptional flexibility and a large choice of subject matters, allowing each student to build a personalized study program. EPFL’s Doctoral School is organized into several doctoral programs, each covering a well-established discipline or one of today’s interdisciplinary research areas.
A number of transdisciplinary research centers have been created since 2008 to explore emerging fields and help bridge academic boundaries. Some of them are particularly active in green and sustainable domains while others focus on research in solid-state physics, materials science and life sciences. EPFL’s innovative spirit and excellent infrastructure have attracted leading scientists from around the world and resulted in a spectacular growth of its scientific output: the number of invention disclosures was multiplied by two whithin the past ten years
International, highly skilled and dynamic: these are the typical adjectives used to describe the region on the shores of Lake Geneva. It is an economically flourishing region offering excellent professional and academic career prospects to ambitious young scientists and engineers.