EPFL | École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne


EPFL is Europe’s most cosmopolitan technical university with students, professors and staff from over 120 nations.

A dynamic environment, open to Switzerland and the world, EPFL is centered on its three missions: teaching, research and technology transfer. EPFL works together with an extensive network of partners including other universities and institutes of technology, developing and emerging countries, secondary schools and colleges, industry and economy, political circles and the general public, to bring about real impact for society.

The policy of international relations seeks to establish EPFL as one of the world’s leading institutions in technology. Our main aim is to attract the best students and researchers from all over the world at all levels of education and research.

In order to raise awareness and encourage the open-minded approach required to achieve excellence within our researchers and students, this policy also aims to offer EPFL members opportunities for exchange and collaboration with the best institutions worldwide in the fields of competence of EPFL.

The International Relations policy concentrates mainly on actions linked to training in general; leaving the faculties and research groups with the responsibility of carrying out their own strategy in terms of collaboration in conformity to the direction followed in general scientific policy by EPFL and the country.


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Key facts:

5 Schools

2 Colleges

1 Transdisciplinary Entity

26 Institutes

350 laboratories

9,921 students (Bachelor, Master, PhD & post-docs) of over 112 nationalities

338 faculty

5,630 staff