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  • Locations: Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: GT applicants only
  • Estimated Program Costs: Academic Year, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 09/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 02/15/2020 07/10/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Level: Undergraduate Program Type: University Exchange
Credit Hours: 12 Weeks per term: 23
Language of Instruction: English, French Academic Disciplines: Architecture, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics
Preferred Participating Majors (Exchange Programs): Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering Housing Type: Off-Campus Residence Hall, Private Apartment
Advisor: Cassy McInnis International Service Learning: No
Affiliated with GT Serve-Learn-Sustain: No
Program Description:
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Location Information

Spring semester:  mid February – early July
Academic Year:  mid September – early July

This university is located in Lausanne, Switzerland. To learn more about this city and country, please visit:

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 275 faculty members.

Since it was founded in 1853, EPFL has become a world-renowned international institution with more than 100 nationalities on campus. The School has a unique organization to foster cross-disciplinary research and promote partnerships with other institutions and companies. Its more than 250 laboratories and research groups enable EPFL to rank among the world’s most innovative and productive institutions in terms of science.

EPFL offers 13 complete study programmes at the Bachelor and Master levels in engineering, basic sciences, computer and communication sciences, life sciences, architecture and the environment.

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.

  • off-campus residence halls
  • off-campus apartments/rooms for rent

The Fondation maison pour étudiants Lausanne (FMEL) manages 7 residences with accommodation (rooms and studio flats) for EPFL and Lausanne University students only. Applications for a room can be made online.  Les Estudiantines - brand new halls of residence on campus - offer 330 accommodation units (studios and furnished rooms) available to EPFL students as a priority. There are also other student halls.  For more information, click here or here.

Additionally, the Lausanne University/EPFL housing department has a list of rooms for rent – rooms in a private flat, flats shared with other students or self-contained rooms. There are also studio flats and apartments for rent. The list can be obtained by e-mailing

  • no meal plan
  • on-campus dining
There are several restaurants and cafeterias on the EPFL campus.  For the menus and opening times, please click here.
  • Georgia Tech degree-seeking student
  • Good Academic Standing with a 3.0 (or higher) GPA at time of application
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two full-time semesters of study at GT 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program's departure date
  • Be able to stay at the host university for the duration of their semester, INCLUDING through their exam period
  • Be in Good Standing with the Office of Student Affairs and Housing
  • All Non-U.S. Citizens are welcome to apply to participate in an exchange outside of their home country only. This rule applies to all who do not have a U.S. passport, including U.S. Permanent Residents.
  • All study abroad participants are required to have a passport prior to any visa deadline dates, and any needed visas prior to departure date (Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations prior to departure).

Academic Info
EPFL's course catalog- go to Course Description and Timetable and click on Course description.
Bachelor level courses taught in English
Master level courses taught in English

Only graduate students may take Business Administration classes.

The language of instruction at EPFL is French, although a few undergraduate classes are taught in English.  At the graduate level, some programs are in English.

GT recommends that undergraduate students complete at least 2 years of college level French or have the equivalent advanced/3000 level of skills before participating in this program.

EPFL's Language Centre offers intensive modules in French, intended exclusively for exchange or Master students, Swiss German, and Swiss Italian students.  Exchange doctoral students may join these courses if enough places are available.  These courses take place during three weeks before the beginning of the academic year so that students may prepare themselves under the best possible conditions in a French-speaking environment. 

EPFL offers a three-month research internship during the Spring semester. Students must participate in an exchange at EPFL during the Fall semester in order to be eligible to apply. Acceptance is merit based, and is not guaranteed. More information about this opportunity can be found on EPFL's website.

Credit for courses taken as a part of exchange programs is received by transferring the credits back to Georgia Tech. For more information about this, click here. Here you will find the foreign credit approval form, the foreign credit approval form instructions, and a link to the registrar's Equivalency Table.

1 ECTS credit = .714 GT
1 GT = 1.4 ECTS

EPFL grade = US grade
5.5-6 = A
4.5-5.25 = B
3.5-4.25 = C
3-3.25 = D
1-2.75 = F

  • Complete information about how to apply for or renew a U.S. passport is available here.
  • You must obtain all proper immigration documents, such as an official passport and a visa if required. Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations. For visa information visit the U.S. State Department website here.
Students will need both a visa and a residence permit for Switzerland.  
Essential Functions of Study Abroad

OIE is committed to supporting students with disabilities who plan to embark on an international experience. Along with this one of a kind experience comes with the knowledge that there are different cultural viewpoints and legal standards for disabilities throughout the world. Contact your study abroad advisor for additional details about the essential functions of this particular study abroad program. Notify the Office of International Education and the Office of Disability Services about your accommodation needs as soon as possible, but at a minimum, we suggest at least six months before your expected departure. Please note, that depending on your needs, it may take longer to determine if accommodations are in place for the program that you have chosen.
Experiences of Former Students
Want to hear from former study abroad students about the realities of daily life at the host school? Want to see snapshots from around the world - taken by former study abroad participants? Check out these helpful links: Peer Advisors and Study Abroad Photo Contest.

Can't find a student perspective for your particular program? Contact this program's Exchange Abroad Advisor for a list of recent participants who are eager to tell other GT students about studying abroad.

Read more about one CS student's experience at EPFL
Advisor Information
Cassy McInnis