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Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
3.97 / 5 based on 108 reviews.
Description:
The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)was founded 145 years ago and has provided since, thousands of engineers, architects and researchers who have contributed their skills towards the technological development in Switzerland.


Programmes
Accreditations
90% of students recommend
108 reviews
Housing
4.1/5
All experiences (108)
Student life
4.3/5
5 stars (36)
Academic
4.2/5
4 stars (36)
Languages
4.2/5
3 stars (36)
Expenses
3.1/5
2 stars (0)
Overall
4.5/5
1 star (0)
PLAN WELL AHEAD! Prepare yourself by reading books on Switzerland and the Swiss people. I recommend "Living and Working in Switzerland", Survival Books. Travel in- and outside the country during your stay. Lausanne is 4 hours of train from Milano and Paris, and 6-8 hours from the French riviera! Read Review
anonymous, Denmark

108 reviews of Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

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HOUSING    
by Morten, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, Lyngby, Denmark
Materials Science, Erasmus
Personal assessment
Cost
KEY:
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Disappointing.
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - I had no other choice
If returning, I would choose: Dormatory
Why? Social interaction and cheap rates.
Personal comments:
You can sign up for a dorm room, but in reality this has no effect. Instead, the best way to get a room is to go to the university dormatory administration office and beg for a room. It is my experience, that this approach is far more effective than doing things the orderly way. Because I did not follow these rather primitive methods, I ended up having to find an appartment, which was quite a struggle, but also a good experience.
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STUDENT LIFE    
by Felix, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany
Computer Science/IT, Erasmus
Personal social experience
Activities
KEY:
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
So-so.
Did not get involved.
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Describe host city: Students equally interact with the local and student community
Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities, Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
The student cafe satellite is a nice place to hang out during breaks or even at night, due to a lot of cultural activities. Lausanne has several clubs with different types of music. House clubs are pretty expensive, but you'll also find student places, where it is not that expensive, e.g. Blue Lezard.
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ACADEMIC    
by Jacob, Linköpings Universitet, Linkoping, Sweden
Engineering, Computer, Erasmus
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
KEY:
Fantastic.
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Disappointing.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
There were many courses to choose from. Most were in French, but many Master courses were in English. I especially enjoyed the database courses and Multimedia Documents. The department for Management of Technology and Entrepreneurship had many interesting courses. I also atended two courses at HEC Lausanne, the city's business school. I strongly recommend doing that as their courses are interesting and you get to know students outside your own university.



My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
KEY:
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
Personal comments:
There were too few laboratory sessions. Out of the 13 courses I took, only three had lab work. Many courses should have contained more exercise session.

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by Chris, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, United Kingdom
Physics, Erasmus
Language difficulties
Social
KEY:
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Language of instruction: French
Was learning French a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my French
How much did you improve your French?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: At ease in most situations
Personal comments:
Courses were in french but project was in english due to having a non-francophone supervisor. It is possible to learn french well in a year but sometimes other students communicate in english, which makes learning french harder. All professors and administration staff in EPFL also speak at least english.
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EXPENSES    
by Felix, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany
Computer Science/IT, Erasmus
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
KEY:
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Main source of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Other sources of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits:
Switzerland is a very expensive country. Food is more expensive. You usually buy a pre-paid phone card, which is also more expensive than a regular contract. Housing is more expensive, even student residences are very expensive compared to Germany. The entry to nighlife locations is very high and the drinks as well. If you have a car, there shouldn't be a big difference between Switzerland and Germany, but if you are using public transport it is more expensive.
Housing, Telephone, Food, Travel, Nightlife, Overall: was more expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
To travel one should buy the so called demi-tarif including the voie 7, which lets you travel for free with trains after 7 pm.
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OVERALL    
by Felix, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany
Computer Science/IT, Erasmus
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
KEY:
Very Important.
Important.
Not really important.
Unimportant.
Culture
Costs
Activities
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
Everything was organised pretty good, so there is nothing I should have known before.
In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!



During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
KEY:
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Traveled
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
The university offers a lot of good opporutnities for your studies, so take that chance.



FINAL COMMENTS

Lausanne is a perfect place to start you travel trips. The next airport (Geneve) is only 1 hour away by train. You can visit France easily by taking the boat across the lake. Going skiing is easy even by train you can get anywhere in the alps. In the summer you will find very nice beaches at the lake and the water is clean.
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