Overview

Université de Lausanne

City: Lausanne
Language of instruction: English, French
  • Founded in 1537 as a school of theology, before being made a university in 1890
  • 7 Faculties (theology, law, arts, social and political science, economics and business administration, science, and medicine)
  • 10,000 students and 2,200 researchers
  • Emphasis is placed on an interdisciplinary approach and close cooperation between students and teaching staff
  • Spread over 3 campuses
  • Beautiful location at the heart of the French-speaking region of Switzerland, on the shores of Lake Geneva, facing Évian-les-Bains (France), with the Jura mountains to the North-West
  • Majority of urban public transport in Lausanne is by trolleybus

Read student reports

Partner university's areas of study

ArtsEducationLand and Food SystemsScience

Notes on Language of Instruction

ELIGIBILITY AND TIMING

Terms offered

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

Who can go?

  • Exchange students may take coursework in most areas of study

Term dates

For Faculty of Arts students and School of French EFLE:

  • UL Autumn Semester: Early September - Late December
  • UL Spring Semester: Mid February - Late June

 For students in Social sciences, Business, Law, Geoscience and Biology:

  • UL Autumn Semester: Early September - Late January
  • UL Spring Semester: Mid February - Early July

For all faculties: UL Summer semester: Late June - Early September

Timing

  • Students attending UL Autumn Semester will not be able to return to UBC for Term 2 (not including students in the Faculty of Arts)
  • Students attending a term or Full Year should be prepared to take majority of courses in French

Summer program

Courses + Transfer Credits

Credits

Course equivalency formula

  • ECTS credits divided by 2 = UBC credits

Passing grade

4 or E

Grading scheme

  • 6 - excellent
  • 5.5 - very good
  • 5 - good
  • 4.5 - satisfactory
  • 4 - pass
  • 3.5 - fail
  • 3 - poor
  • 2.5 - very poor
  • 2 - extremely poor
  • 1.5 - almost no performance
  • 1 - no performance
  • 0 - Absence without good cause, cheating or attempt to cheat

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.)

Information about the transfer credit portal.

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)Graduate researchUndergrad research

Course information and restrictions

  • Majority of the undergraduate level courses taught in French
  • Courses at the Master's level are taught in English and French

Full course load information

  • 30 ECTS per semester

Partner 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

Arts
UBC course: ECON 356
Title: International Money and Finance
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-10-06
UBC course: ECON 356
Title: International Money and Finance
Partner course code: HEC 3
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-07-04
UBC course: ELEV 2nd
Title: Multilingualism, social practices and language appropriation
Partner course code: EFLE
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2016-11-03
UBC course: ELEV 2nd
Title: Learn and Teach French
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2013-10-03
UBC course: ELEV 2nd
Title: Teaching and Languages Contact
Partner course code: N/A N/A
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2014-08-26
UBC course: ELEV 2nd
Title: Didactic Learning and Contacts to Other Languages
Partner course code: EFLE
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2014-08-26
UBC course: FREN 1st
Title: THE LEARNING THROUGH CULTURAL MEDIATION (LCM) PROGRAMME
Partner course code: FLE
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2016-11-04
UBC course: FREN 1st
Title: French Language Practice Workshop
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2014-08-07
UBC course: FREN 1st
Title: Written and Spoken Language
Partner course code: FREN 2nd
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2014-08-07
UBC course: FREN 1st
Title: Elementary French
Partner course code: EFLE M24566
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2016-02-21
UBC course: FREN 1st
Title: Construction of French Phrases
Partner course code: N/A N/A
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2014-08-07
UBC course: FREN 2nd
Title: Holiday Course (French Intensive Course)
Partner course code: CVAC
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2016-08-09
UBC course: FREN 2nd
Title: Learning through Cultural Mediation
Partner course code: EMC
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2016-08-09
UBC course: FREN 2nd
Title: Listening and Speaking, Oral French
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2016-08-09
UBC course: FREN 2nd
Title: Listening and Comprehension in French
Partner course code: EFLE
Language of instruction: Not available
Evaluated date: 2016-06-10
UBC course: FREN 2nd
Title: Learning through Cultural Mediation
Partner course code: EMC
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2016-08-09
UBC course: FREN 2nd
Title: Registers of French
Partner course code: FRENCH 3rd year
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2014-08-07
UBC course: FREN 2nd
Title: Street French
Partner course code: N/A N/A
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2017-05-04
UBC course: FREN 2nd
Title: French Registery
Partner course code: N/A N/A
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2014-08-07
UBC course: FREN 2nd
Title: Reading and Writing
Partner course code: N/A N/A
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2017-05-04
UBC course: FREN 2nd
Title: Press Review
Partner course code: N/A N/A
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2014-08-07
UBC course: FREN 2nd
Title: Translation from English
Partner course code: EFLE
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2016-06-10
UBC course: FREN 2nd
Title: French and Francophone Culture
Partner course code: EFLE
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2016-06-10
UBC course: FREN 3rd
Title: Intercultural and verbal interactions
Partner course code: EFLE
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2016-08-09
UBC course: FREN 3rd
Title: Around Translated Texts (B1)
Partner course code: EFLE
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2016-08-09
UBC course: FREN 3rd
Title: French Culture and Songs
Partner course code: EFLE
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2016-06-10
UBC course: FREN 3rd
Title: Introduction to French and francophone culture
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2016-06-10
UBC course: FREN 3rd
Title: Swiss-French Litterature
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2016-08-09
UBC course: FREN 409
Title: The voice of spectators: social speech about (theatrical) performances in 17th Century
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2014-08-07
UBC course: FREN 410
Title: litterature and cultural history: the public economy and the prism of emotions in the 17th century
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2014-08-07
UBC course: FREN 470
Title: The construction of identity in public communication
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2014-08-07
UBC course: FREN 470
Title: Tone: a stylistic category?
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2014-08-07
UBC course: FREN 4th
Title: Texts come alive: Oral Poetry
Partner course code: EFLE
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2016-06-10
UBC course: FREN 4th
Title: Syntactical Reflecting and Scientific Analysis in French
Partner course code: EFLE
Language of instruction: Not available
Evaluated date: 2016-06-10
UBC course: FREN 4th
Title: External Diachrony of French
Partner course code: EFLE
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2016-08-09
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: The History of international relations post-1945
Partner course code: SSP The Histor
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2014-08-26
UBC course: LING 2nd
Title: Synchronic Linguistics: The Description of English
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-05-27
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Voting Behaviour
Partner course code: SSP Comporteme
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2014-08-27
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: European Policy: Analysis of Territorial Governance
Partner course code: N/A N/A
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2014-08-27
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Swiss Politics
Partner course code: N/A N/A
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2014-08-27
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: European integration: developments and selected topics
Partner course code: N/A N/A
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2014-08-27
UBC course: SOCI 2nd
Title: Social Stratification and Life Course
Partner course code: N/A N/A
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2014-08-12
UBC course: SOCI 3rd
Title: Historical Sociolinguistics
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-06-27
Commerce
UBC course: COMM 2nd
Title: Professional Development
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-06-02
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: Entrepreneurial Finance and the New Venture Process
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-06-02
Medicine
UBC course: ELEV 3rd
Title: Module From Clinics to Basics... and Back!
Partner course code: M 27468
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2016-08-16
Science
UBC course: BIOL 1st
Title: Evolutionary and Behavioral Biology
Partner course code: N/A N/A
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2014-08-03
UBC course: BIOL 335
Title: Genetics and Genome Evolution
Partner course code: BIOL 3rd
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-07-29
UBC course: BIOL 3rd
Title: Principles of Molecular Biophysics
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-12-21
UBC course: BIOL 3rd
Title: Major transitions in Evolution
Partner course code: BIO
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-22
UBC course: BIOL 4th
Title: Seminar of Department Ecology and Evolution
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-22
UBC course: BIOL 4th
Title: Introduction to Scientific Writing
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-22
UBC course: BIOL 4th
Title: Populations Genetic and Dynamic
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-22
UBC course: BIOL 4th
Title: Human Molecular Genetics
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-22
UBC course: BIOL 4th
Title: The Development of the Nervous System
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-22
UBC course: BIOL 4th
Title: Phylogeography
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-22
UBC course: BIOL 4th
Title: Animal Communication and Parasitism
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-22
UBC course: BIOL 4th
Title: Advanced Data Analysis in Biology I
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-22
UBC course: BIOL 4th
Title: Biotechnology
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-22
UBC course: BIOL 4th
Title: Advanced Data Analysis in Biology II
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-22
UBC course: BIOL 4th
Title: Evolution and Biogeography of Semi-arid and Island Floras
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-22
UBC course: EOSC 1st
Title: Earth! Origin and evolution of a turbulent world
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2016-09-07

UBC Okanagan

Arts and Sciences
UBC course: ANTH 3rd
Title: Grammatical Interfaces: Concepts and Models
Partner course code: ANTH 3
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2017-11-24
UBC course: ANTH 3rd
Title: Linguistics : Attitudes to Language
Partner course code: N/A N/A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-09-18
UBC course: ARTS 2nd
Title: Language Acquisition
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-07-05
UBC course: ARTS 2nd
Title: Introduction to Multilingualism in Society
Partner course code: N/A N/A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-07-05
UBC course: ARTS 3rd
Title: Attitudes to Language
Partner course code: N/A N/A
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-07-06
UBC course: ENGL 3rd
Title: American Literature Survey 4/4 The Poetics and Politics of American Literature from Modernism to th
Partner course code: NA
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-10-24
UBC course: ENGL 3rd
Title: And Yet So Human: Animals in Medieval English Literature
Partner course code: NA NA
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-10-24
UBC course: ENGL 3rd
Title: American Autobiographies
Partner course code: NA NA
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-10-24
UBC course: ENGL 3rd
Title: Glasgow: Poetry and Politics
Partner course code: NA NA
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-10-24
UBC course: ENGL 3rd
Title: Chaucer and Film
Partner course code: NA NA
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-10-24
UBC course: ENGL 3rd
Title: English Literature: Fictions of Memory and Forgetting: McEwan, Ishiguro, Sebald
Partner course code: NA NA
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-10-24
UBC course: ENGL 3rd
Title: The Poetry of Emily Dickinson
Partner course code: NA NA
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-10-24
UBC course: FREN 2nd
Title: French in the street
Partner course code: N/A N/A
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2018-08-22
UBC course: FREN 353
Title: The construction of sentences in French
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2015-02-20
UBC course: FREN 3rd
Title: Introduction to Social Psychology
Partner course code: N/A N/A
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2017-10-25
UBC course: FREN 3rd
Title: General Sociology B
Partner course code: N/A N/A
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2017-10-25
UBC course: GEOG 272
Title: Remote Sensing
Partner course code: N/A N/A
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2018-08-22
UBC course: PSYO 270
Title: Introduction to Methodology in Psychology
Partner course code: N/A N/A
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2017-02-19
UBC course: PSYO 271
Title: Statistics 1 for Psychologists
Partner course code: N/A N/A
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2017-02-19
UBC course: PSYO 2nd
Title: Introduction to the Epistemology of Psychology
Partner course code: N/A N/A
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2017-06-16
UBC course: PSYO 322
Title: Adolescent Psychology: Normal Development and Identity
Partner course code: N/A N/A
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2017-06-16
UBC course: PSYO 3rd
Title: Developmental Psychology
Partner course code: N/A N/A
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2017-02-19
UBC course: PSYO 3rd
Title: Introduction to Psychoanalysis
Partner course code: N/A N/A
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2017-06-06
UBC course: PSYO 3rd
Title: Introduction to the Cognitive Behavioural Approach
Partner course code: N/A N/A
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2017-06-06
UBC course: PSYO 3rd
Title: Counselling and Intervention Psychology
Partner course code: N/A N/A
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2017-06-06
UBC course: SUST 1st
Title: Sustainability: scientific and social issues
Partner course code: N/A N/A
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2018-08-23
Creative and Critical Studies
UBC course: ARTS 3rd
Title: Theatrical Improvisation in Writing
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2018-01-04
UBC course: ARTS 3rd
Title: The Analysis of Texts: Theatre and Novel
Partner course code: FREN 3rd
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2018-01-04
UBC course: FREN 1st
Title: Practical courses of French A1-C
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2018-02-06
UBC course: FREN 2nd
Title: Holiday Course
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2018-07-05
UBC course: FREN 360
Title: Introduction to French and Francophone culture - Part 2
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2015-03-03
UBC course: FREN 3rd
Title: Swiss French Political and Economic News in the media
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2017-12-06
UBC course: FREN 3rd
Title: Around Translated Texts/English
Partner course code: FREN 3rd
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2017-12-06
UBC course: FREN 3rd
Title: Linguistic Elements for the proper learning of French
Partner course code: FREN 3rd
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2017-12-06
UBC course: FREN 3rd
Title: Tandem- Oral Intercultural Partners
Partner course code: FREN 3rd
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2017-12-06
UBC course: FREN 3rd
Title: Didactic and Cognition
Partner course code: FREN 3rd
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2017-12-06
UBC course: FREN 3rd
Title: The construction of sentences in French - Part 2
Partner course code: FREN 3rd
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2015-03-03
UBC course: FREN 3rd
Title: The French by registers - B1
Partner course code: FREN 3rd
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2015-03-03
UBC course: FREN 3rd
Title: Around the translated texts - Part 2
Partner course code: FREN 3rd
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2015-03-03
UBC course: FREN 3rd
Title: French by Registers
Partner course code: FREN 3rd year
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2017-12-06
UBC course: FREN 3rd
Title: Literary texts - part 2
Partner course code: FREN 3rd year
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2015-03-03
UBC course: FREN 3rd
Title: The Contemporary French Song
Partner course code: FREN 3rd year
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2017-12-06
UBC course: PSYO 3rd
Title: Psychology of Religion: An Introduction to Religious Fields
Partner course code: PSYO 3rd
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2017-11-24
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
  • Some exceptions may apply

Scholarships + awards

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’ forFederal 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.
Housing

Types of accommodation available

Off-campus

Housing notes

  • UNIL cannot guarantee housing for all exchange students
  •  First come first serve basis

Information on Accommodation

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