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The Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is one of the two prestigious Swiss federal institutes of technology. From its foundation in 1853, EPFL has evolved into a strategic centre of innovation in Switzerland and an internationally recognized institution. Nowadays, it regularly ranks among the best universities in Europe and in the world in academic rankings. Over the years, EPFL has become increasingly international, recruiting the best students and outstanding faculty worldwide. With 112 nationalities on campus, 50% of its faculty and 70% of its PhD students from abroad, no wonder EPFL has been ranked one of the most international campuses by the Times of Higher Education Supplement.
Throughout its history, EPFL has kept evolving, revamping its programmes or creating new curricula to anticipate scientific and technological developments. Today, EPFL offers complete curricula in basic sciences, engineering, computer science and communication systems, life sciences, architecture, civil and environmental engineering, both at Bachelor's and Master's level. It also offers Master programmes in Nuclear Engineering, Computational Science and Engineering, Management of Technology and Financial Engineering. To students interested in getting involved in research, the Doctoral School offers 19 PhD programmes across the various research institutes of EPFL.
The programmes are structured to foster innovation and interdisciplinary research. Throughout their studies, students have the opportunity to be actively involved in research projects in the campus' 250 laboratories and research groups. EPFL offers ideal conditions for multidisciplinary research and plays an important role in a variety of scientific and industrial partnerships (Blue Brain, Space Centre, Solar Impulse, and many others).
In addition to its commitment to high standards in education and research, EPFL strongly supports technology transfer and the creation of new enterprises, particularly through its on-campus Science Park, which hosts over 100 companies, plus about 15 start-ups every year.
EPFL delivers highly regarded degrees and its graduates enjoy excellent international or domestic employment opportunities. Not surprisingly, 92% of them find a position within 6 months of their graduation.
Number of students: 6550
Female students : 25%
Foreign students: 38%
Semester tuition fee CHF 633.- (Swiss and Non Swiss)
Schools & number of students
Electrical & electronics engineering; Mechanical engineering; Materials science; Microengineering - (STI): 1724
Environmental sciences & engineering; Civil engineering; Architecture - (ENAC): 1536
Computer science; Communication systems - (IC): 1267
Chemistry & Chemical engineering; Mathematics & Mathematical sciences; Physics - (SB) : 1375
Life sciences & technology - (SV): 280
Management of technology - (MTE) : 146
Total number candidates (2011): 1900
Female candidates: 27%
Foreign candidates: 70%
No semester tuition fee; one administrative fee paid during completion of the degree (CHF 1,200, Swiss and non-Swiss)
Eighteen transdisciplinary doctoral programs