Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

City: Lausanne
Language of instruction: English, French
  • Located in the French-speaking part of Switzerland
  • Regarded as a world leading university that specialises in physical sciences and engineering

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Notes on Language of Instruction

It is recommended to have good command of French (level B2). The Bachelor courses are mainly taught in French and the Master courses are mainly taught in English. UBC students in their 3rd or 4th year may be able to take Masters level courses at EPFL with permission.

(To determine your French level, please self-assess with: European Language Portfolio Global Scale)


Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)Split year Term 2 +1 (UBC Term 2 start)Summer

Who can go?

  • Students in the Faculty of Science or Faculty of Applied Scienc

Term dates

  • Autumn (UBC Term 1): Courses from mid September to late December (Exams until the end of January)
  • Spring (UBC Term 2): Courses from mid February to late May (Exams until the end of June)


It is recommended to attend in the Spring Semester (Term 2) or for the Full Year to avoid possible conflicts with the end of the Autumn semester at EPFL and the start of Term 2 to at UBC.

More information see the academic calendar: https://memento.epfl.ch/academic-calendar.

Summer program

Research opportunities available at this university: see École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne - Research Internship

Courses + Transfer Credits


Course equivalency formula

  • ECTS credits divided by 2 = UBC credits (e.g. 30 ECTS = 15 UBC Credits)
  • 1 ECTS = 1 hour course per week

Passing grade

4 = pass (E)

Grading scheme

  • 6 = excellent (A)
  • 5.5 = very good (B)
  • 5 = good (C)
  • 4.5 = satisfactory (D)
  • 4 = pass (E)
  • 4≤ fail (F)
  • NA = absent

Credit transfer process

The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline. You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g. application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)

For more information about Go Global transfer credit

Course Information

* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.

Type of Go Global Experiences

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)

Course information and restrictions

Students must have the prior knowledge to attend the chosen courses

Courses in Management of Technology and Financial Engineering are restricted and only possible under special request.

Architecture courses are not open to UBC exchange students at EPFL.

Full course load information

  • Max 30 ECTS per semester
  • Max 60 ECTS per academic year

Incoming exchange students are requested to register for 20-30 ECTS per semester.

EPFL Course Information

Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university

Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.

* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.

UBC Vancouver

UBC course: FREN 1st
Title: Fr Communication orale A2
Partner course code: FR Oral A1
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2018-02-22
UBC course: BIOL 3rd
Title: Cellular and Molecular Biotechnology
Partner course code: BIO 205
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-08-08
UBC course: CPSC 2nd
Title: Algorithms
Partner course code: CS 250
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-05-09
UBC course: CPSC 3rd
Title: Functional Programming
Partner course code: CS 210
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-05-09
UBC course: GEOB 408
Title: Physics and Hydrology of Snow
Partner course code: ENV 525
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2020-03-31
UBC course: MATH 322
Title: Group Theory
Partner course code: MATH 211
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2017-04-06
UBC course: MATH 3rd
Title: Discrete Mathematics
Partner course code: MATH 260
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-04-06
UBC course: MATH 4th
Title: Mathematical Logic
Partner course code: MATH 381
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2017-09-19
Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

  • 15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC
  •  Summer students attend through our exchange agreement and pay tuition to UBC based on the number of credits earned at the partner institution (only include if there is a summer program) 
  • Some exceptions may apply

Scholarships + awards

As of 2018, UBC students will be granted an amount of CHF 500.- per semester. There is no need to apply for it.

The Go Global award $1000

All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.

Additional awards

Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

Information for US students

If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ for Federal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.

If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.

If you attend an ineligible institution:

  • You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
  • You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
  • You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
  • You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.

Types of accommodation available


Housing notes

  • Students can apply for housing in the student halls and off campus using the EPFL housing database
  • "As it is very difficult for students to find an accommodation in Lausanne, we recommend that they start their search as soon as they have been nominated by you by using all the options on the EPFL website"

EPFL Housing Website

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