lausanne summer

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne – Summer@EPFL-Computer Science

Apply to Go Global for nomination by: January 21, 2018

About the program

Program dates: Usually from JULY to SEPTEMBER, but flexible

EPFL, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne) in Switzerland aims to attract students into the heart of Europe where renowned professors strive for excellence in research and international recognition.

EPFL offers a flexible research program, allowing students to undertake paid research internships spanning from three, four or six months from any of EPFL’s schools. This program presents exciting laboratory work experiences where students gain valuable work experience while exploring a new country and culture. See this page for more information on the variety of schools currently offering research internships. Students accepted to this highly competitive program undertake a paid research internship of 3 to 6 months in a research lab.

To learn more about this program please visit this website.

Research Areas

Computer Science

Electrical Engineering

Computer Engineering


  • Meet Go Global Eligibility requirements
  • Be enrolled in at least the second year of their program or above
  • Be willing to commit to a full-time research experience that is at least 2 months long
  • Meet any additional lab project requirements as outlined on the program website

Awards and Funding

All students are considered for the Go Global Research Abroad Award.

Research interns receive 1600 Swiss Francs per month (about $1850 CAD) from EPFL. In addition, students may be eligible for a travel reimbursement from EPFL for 2nd class train ticket or low-cost/economy airfare, only after written approval by the hosting laboratory.


Housing is not guaranteed for participants. The administrative personnel will provide suggestions; however, students can feel free to find one yourself. Check out this site to learn more.

Program costs

Students are responsible for the cost of travel and living associated with participating in this program. For more information on program and living costs while at EPFL, please check out this page.

Students accepted into this program will be charged the Go Global fee once acceptance has been confirmed.

How to apply

All structured research abroad programs involve two parts: applying to Go Global to request nomination and submitting an application to the partner university.

Go Global reviews all applications for nomination on a rolling basis and encourages students to submit their Go Global applications as soon as possible.

1. Submit your application for nomination by Go Global online. Students can apply to up to 3 programs on one application and are asked to submit a brief statement of interest.

2. Go Global will update your online application within 2 weeks of submission with detailed instructions on how to submit your partner application and your UBC transcript.

3. Once your nomination has been confirmed, you can start your application to EPFL. Review the research domains you would like to work in and available professors you would like to work with.

4. Prepare to have the following documents ready to include with your partner application:

  • Official transcript (provided by Go Global)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 1-page Letter of Motivation in PDF (no other formats accepted) You should use the Letter of Motivation to describe your scientific interests and the reasons that made you apply.

5. Once you've collected all documents, submit them to l'École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne for review and inform Go Global of your submission.

Go Global fee and withdrawal policy

If you are accepted by a host university for a structured research program, you will be asked to confirm you participation in the program and you will be charged the Go Global fee of $415. The fee will be posted to your SSC account following confirmation of your acceptance. Go Global will contact you with complete information on how to pay the fee.

You will not be able to make payment in-person at Brock Hall (Vancouver), University Centre (Okanagan), the Go Global office or your financial institution. You cannot pay this fee directly through your financial institution’s online banking interface as payments made through this method will only be counted towards your tuition and your Go Global fee will remain unpaid.

You will receive a $91.50 refund if you withdraw from the program in writing to your Go Global Advisor before March 31, 2018. If your notification of acceptance from the host university is after the refund deadline, then you have two weeks from date of acceptance to withdraw and receive a partial refund. Please consult with your Go Global advisor if you have any questions.

Advising Hours

Advising hours

Monday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tuesday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

You might not need to see an advisor. General questions about the Go Global Exchange process can be answered at the Main Office at International house (Vancouver). 

If you’re looking for more information on where you can go, please visit our Resource Library located on the top floor of the International House. Here you can freely browse our collection of material sent from partner universities including international student handbooks, course catalogues and departmental overviews.


Go Global Vancouver

When emailing us, please include:

  1. Your student number in the subject line
  2. Your full name and if you are an incoming or outgoing exchange student in the body of the email

Go Global Vancouver

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Fax: 604 822 9885

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