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Université de Lausanne

Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
Total Enrollment: 11,900
# of International: 2,850
Required GPA: 3.0/4.0
Minimum Language Requirement: 

C1 level of French language proficiency
(If students are not sure of their proficiency level, they can refer to the Global Scale of European Language Portfolio here)

Language + Academic Program : B2 level 

Terms of Study: Fall Semester (Sept-Dec, plus 3-week exam session in mid-January)*
Academic Year (Sept-June, including 3-week exam session in mid-June)*
Spring Semester (Feb-June, including 3-week exam session in mid-June)*
*Ecole de français langue étrangère Sept-Dec / Feb-June / Sept-June (no exam session after the term)
*Cours de vacances (pre-session option) Summer Session I: mid-July to early August; Summer Session II: early August to late August; Winter Session: late-January to mid-February)
Language Institute Program Dates Vary
(see Language Institute page)
Application Deadlines: Upcoming SAF Program Application Deadlines can be found here
Language Institute Option: Yes, campus-based
University Website: www.unil.ch/central

What Universite de Lausanne has to Offer

  • University of Lausanne is composed of seven faculties with approximately 11,900 students and 2,300 researchers
  • An international atmosphere, with one fifth of the student population and one third of the teaching staff from abroad
  • Emphasis placed on an interdisciplinary approach, with close cooperation between students, professors and teaching staff
  • Lausanne combines an intimate learning environment with renowned research centers and facilities


All students apply for single room accommodation at the Fondation maisons pour étudiants de l’UNIL (FMEL). This facility is self catering and provides fully equipped kitchen space and common living areas. Students should be prepared to take public transportation to campus.


Students can be admitted to Bachelor level courses in any of the following faculties, but must meet required prerequisites
  • Faculty of Arts (Lettres)
  • Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (HEC)
  • School of French as a Foreign Language (EFLE)
  • Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (SSP)
  • Faculty of Biology and Medicine (School of Biology only)
  • Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
  • Faculty of Geosciences and Environment (GSE)

Restricted Departments

  • SAF participants are eligible to take courses across all departments, except the School of Medicine, as long as they meet course prerequisites and seats are available
  • In order to access master level courses, students must be in a master program in their home university
  • Master of Science in Accounting Control and Finance, the Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) programs, and the Master of Business Administration are restricted

Popular Departments

  • Arts
  • Business and Economics
  • Biological Sciences
  • Criminology
  • French Language and Literature
  • French as a Foreign Language
  • Forensic Sciences
  • Geosciences

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Last Updated: 5/30/16