Université de Lausanne
Program SnapshotSituated in the French-speaking region of Switzerland, beautiful Lausanne sits next to one of Europe’s bluest Alpine lakes, offering students the opportunity to sail and ski. Lausanne is home to the International Olympic Committee and stakes it's claim as the smallest city in the world to have a rapid transit system! The University offers strong programs in business, sciences, humanities, law, theology and sport as well as French as a Foreign Language (EFLE) courses to exchange students.
LocationLausanne, which is in western Switzerland on Lake Geneva, is a business center and capital of its canton. It offers many shops, theaters and art galleries. Lausanne has frequent concerts, and hosts the ballet troupe Béjart Ballet Lausanne. Most of the university buildings are located in Dorigny, to the southwest of Lausanne, at an attractive, modern campus by the lake.
PROGRAM TYPEISEP Exchange: undergraduate and graduate programs available for an academic year or semester
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
Chance of PlacementISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Limited.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students
Program DatesAcademic year: mid-September to end of June
Semester 1: mid-September to end of January
Semester 2: February to end of June
Lausanne-Dorigny, Switzerland (pop. 250,000)Language of instruction: French
Student Enrollment: 14,000
Student Enrollment: 14,000
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ProgramsOption 1: Full year or semester enrollment in regular university courses
Faculties of Biology and Medicine (biology); Commercial Studies (actuarial science, economics, management, political economy); Geosciences and Environment (geography, geology, geophysics); Law and criminal science (comparative, French, German, international, public, Swiss, Forensic science and criminology); Letters (ancient history, archaeology, art history, cinema, English, French, German, Greek, history, information science, Italian, Latin, linguistics, Oriental languages & civilization, philosophy, Russian, Spanish); Political and Social Sciences (anthropology, mass communication, political science, psychology, social science, sports sciences); Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies. School of French as a foreign language, Center for European Research, Swiss Institute of Comparative Law, Institute of Advanced Studies in Public Administration.
Option 2: Full year of semester language and culture courses at the École de Français Langue Étrangère (EFLE)
Students may also take full-time language and culture courses either first or second semester, or for the full year. The School of French as a Foreign Language (EFLE) offers a full-time course in French language (around twenty hours per week). It provides in-depth training in French as a foreign language in both its linguistic and cultural dimensions and provides the theoretical knowledge of literature, linguistics and teaching necessary to achieve a good mastery of the subject (literature of French-speaking countries, linguistics and sociolinguistics of French, literature and language teaching, etc).
Students may enroll in regular university courses and also participate part-time in language and culture courses at the Ecole de Français Langue Etrangère (School of French as a Foreign Language), "Satellite course".
Courses taught in EnglishMost Masters-level courses in business are offered in English. Several undergraduate level courses taught in english in Commercial Studies and at the School of Biology" + Master level courses in Biology, Geosciences, Law, Political science. List of courses taught in english: http://www.unil.ch/international/en/home/menuguid/pour-etudiants-dechange/informations-academiques.html
Academic NotesISEP participants may take bachelor/master-level courses in all departments except medicine. Most courses at Lausanne are offered on a semester basis.
Language NotesOption 1: Full year or semester enrollment in regular university courses
A minimum of 4-5 semesters of university-level French or the equivalent must be completed prior to program.
French language and culture courses are offered in addition to regular classes during each semester for all levels. Contact hours per week: 6-8.
A 3-week (SM1 and SM2) or 6-week (SM1 only, summer break program) pre-semester intensive French language and culture program is available before for an additional cost for all levels (SM1) and for beginners (A1 level) to advanced levels (SM2). Credit program available for 3 and 6-weeks programs.
Option 2: Full year or semester language and culture courses at the École de Français Langue Étrangère (EFLE)
Note that the EFLE does not offer a COMPLETE beginner's course (level A0 and A1) on the full-time program. For Complete beginners, students must enroll... For enrolment in the full year or semester language and culture program, students must be able to start at an intermediate level (A2 level). for more information about the levels A0 to C2, please check this page: http://www.unil.ch/cvac/en/home/menuinst/faq/quel-est-mon-niveau.html
Option 3: Students may participate on this track if they have little to no French language background.
For more information about these pre-semester intensive french courses, please check: http://www.unil.ch/cvac/en/home/menuinst/programme-des-cours-1.html For more information on courses and language options, see the:
French Language Advising Guide for US Students
French Language Advising Guide for I-to-I Students
Hints for Researching Courseshttp://www.unil.ch/international/en/home/menuguid/pour-etudiants-dechange/informations-academiques.html https://applicationspub.unil.ch/interpub/noauth/php/Ud/index.php?v_semposselected=150&v_langue=en&v_isinterne=
Housing and MealsSingle students are housed in residence halls or in off-campus rooms. A stipend to cover the cost of room and board is provided.
ESTIMATED PERSONAL EXPENSES
You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at: 500 Swiss Francs per month. This will vary by personal spending and consumption habits.
OrientationThe UNIL Xchange Association (www.unil.esn.ch) will contact you before your arrival in Switzerland to offer you a partnership; a UNIL student may pick you up at the airport or at Lausanne’s train station and bring you to your student residence. The Affaires socio-culturelles office will welcome and assist you in administrative and academic procedures. The Welcome Days for new students give general information about the university and information about the departments (faculties) is given out. The service d"orientation et conseil and the mobility advisors in each faculty will be at the service of the students who have difficulties in their studies.
Student ActivitiesInternational students have many opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities at the University of Lausanne and the student organization Xchange (www.unil.esn.ch ) offers a lot of social and cultural activities (theater, music, skicamp, pubnights, meals, travel, etc.) Xchange also organizes a buddy program.
ProfileFounded in 1537 as a school of theology, Lausanne evolved into an academy and became a university in 1890. The physical education center of Dorigny offers multi-purpose sports rooms, physical training facilities, a stadium and sports fields. Total enrollment: 14,000 (including 7,000 bachelor students, 3,000 master students, 2,100 PhD students and 2,500 international students).