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Location EPFL, Lausanne Switzerland
Ranking

# =16QS World University Rankings

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12Postgraduate programs

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About EPFL

COVID-19 Information:

All EPFL buildings remain closed until further notice. Classes are being held online and nobody is permitted to bring visitors to campus.


The École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is a research institute and university in Lausanne, Switzerland, specializing in the natural sciences and engineering. 

Its roots can be traced back to the foundation of a private school in 1853, which to start with only had 11 students. Those days are long gone though, with the modern day EPFL one of two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology and student numbers in Lausanne now totaling over 10,000. 

Located in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, EPFL is twinned with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich). As part of its research and teaching activities, EPFL is one of the only universities to run a nuclear reactor, a fusion reactor, a Gene/Q Supercomputer, and have P3 bio-hazard facilities.

EPFL has a very singular admissions process, which, for would-be undergraduates who are Swiss nationals, is not selective at all. At the end of freshman year, however, a block exam determines whether students can continue or have to repeat the year, with many home students dropping out entirely at this point. 

The EPFL campus lies on the shores of Lake Geneva and consists of 65 buildings across 136 acres. Facilities include banks, bars, two museums – the Musee Bolo and Archizoom – as well as bars, restaurants and cafeterias. 

There are students of 112 different nationalities here, though as of 2014 women made up only 27 percent of the student body. Life on campus is vibrant, with many student-formed clubs and associations providing social and recreational opportunities. 

A wide range of sports and leisure facilities keep students physically active while studying. EPFL also has an active student media, publishing the monthly newspaper Flash and there are daily broadcasts on the student radio station. 

Another priority on campus is the arts, with the university holding several annual music festivals each year. The largest is Balélec Festival, where 15,000 visitors descend upon the university to watch 30 concerts on two outdoor and four indoor stages.


About EPFL

COVID-19 Information:

All EPFL buildings remain closed until further notice. Classes are being held online and nobody is permitted to bring visitors to campus.


The École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is a research institute and university in Lausanne, Switzerland, specializing in the natural sciences and engineering. 

Its roots can be traced back to the foundation of a private school in 1853, which to start with only had 11 students. Those days are long gone though, with the modern day EPFL one of two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology and student numbers in Lausanne now totaling over 10,000. 

Located in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, EPFL is twinned with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich). As part of its research and teaching activities, EPFL is one of the only universities to run a nuclear reactor, a fusion reactor, a Gene/Q Supercomputer, and have P3 bio-hazard facilities.

EPFL has a very singular admissions process, which, for would-be undergraduates who are Swiss nationals, is not selective at all. At the end of freshman year, however, a block exam determines whether students can continue or have to repeat the year, with many home students dropping out entirely at this point. 

The EPFL campus lies on the shores of Lake Geneva and consists of 65 buildings across 136 acres. Facilities include banks, bars, two museums – the Musee Bolo and Archizoom – as well as bars, restaurants and cafeterias. 

There are students of 112 different nationalities here, though as of 2014 women made up only 27 percent of the student body. Life on campus is vibrant, with many student-formed clubs and associations providing social and recreational opportunities. 

A wide range of sports and leisure facilities keep students physically active while studying. EPFL also has an active student media, publishing the monthly newspaper Flash and there are daily broadcasts on the student radio station. 

Another priority on campus is the arts, with the university holding several annual music festivals each year. The largest is Balélec Festival, where 15,000 visitors descend upon the university to watch 30 concerts on two outdoor and four indoor stages.


University information

Total students

10,919

UG students

50%

PG students

50%

International students

6,837

UG students

42%

PG students

58%

Total faculty staff

1,757

Domestic staff

20%

Int'l staff

80%

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Rankings & ratings

EPFL is one of the top public universities in Lausanne, Switzerland. It is ranked #=16 in QS World University Rankings 2023.

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #29
  • 2014
    #=19
  • 2015
    #=17
  • 2016
    #14
  • 2017
    #14
  • 2018
    #12
  • 2019
    #22
  • 2020
    #18
  • 2021
    #14
  • 2022
    #=14
  • 2023
    #=16

Ranking criteria

89.2
Overall
83.7
Academic Reputation
71.8
Employer Reputation
91.1
Faculty Student Ratio
99.4
Citations per Faculty
100
International Faculty Ratio
100
International Students Ratio
87.3
International Research Network
28
Employment Outcomes

Available programs

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne offers the following postgraduate programs:

  • ARCHITECTURE
  • CIVIL ENGINEERING
  • ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES & ENGINEERING
  • ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING
  • ENERGY MANAGEMENT & SUSTAINABILITY
  • MATERIALS SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
  • MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
  • MICROENGINEERING
  • COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS
  • COMPUTER SCIENCE
  • DATA SCIENCE
  • CHEMICAL ENGINEERING & BIOTECHNOLOGY
  • MOLECULAR & BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY
  • MATHEMATICS
  • APPLIED MATHEMATICS
  • MATHEMATICS FOR EDUCATION (IN FRENCH)
  • COMPUTATIONAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
  • PHYSICS
  • APPLIED PHYSICS
  • NUCLEAR ENGINEERING
  • BIOENGINEERING
  • LIFE SCIENCES & TECHNOLOGY
  • FINANCIAL ENGINEERING
  • MANAGEMENT, TECHNOLOGY & ENTREPRENEURSHIP
  • DIGITAL HUMANITIES

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