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Université de Lausanne (UNIL)

Université de Lausanne, Route de Chavannes 33, CH - 1007 Lausanne, Switzerland
4.31 / 5 based on 72 reviews.
Description:
Founded in 1537, the Lausanne Academy gained its status as a university en 1890. It is today one of the principal institutions of higher education in Switzerland. It comprises seven faculties: Theology, Law, Humanities, Social and Political Sciences (SSP), Economics and Business Administration (HEC), Science and Medicine.


Programmes
Accreditations
84% of students recommend
72 reviews
Housing
4.7/5
All experiences (72)
Student life
4.7/5
5 stars (42)
Academic
4.3/5
4 stars (24)
Languages
4.4/5
3 stars (6)
Expenses
3.4/5
2 stars (0)
Overall
4.6/5
1 star (0)
Best place to travel to is to Geneva airport and go from its train station direct to Lausanne. If you feel a bit homesick or feel like you're not meeting enough people, the university has the Association pour les EtudiantEs Concerné par une Echange (AEcE, the international society) which organises loads of events and nights out. Read Review
cat1980, United Kingdom

72 reviews of Université de Lausanne

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HOUSING    
by Karen, University of York, York, United Kingdom
Literature, SOCRATES
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: Off campus student accomodation
Arranged by: Home university
If returning, I would choose: A room exchange
Why? The accomodation provided for through the SOCRATES exchange was in the international student house. While this was very social and enjoyable, I would have hoped to have more opportunities to practise my French on a day to day basis. Like many international scenarios, English was the universal language in the international student accomodation and I would have preferred to stay somewhere more francophonic.
Personal comments:
The appearance of the apartment block was very off-putting since, from the outside, it appeared to resemble a prison. However, it was very friendly and the shared facilities meant that we interacted more frequently than other student households also provided by the university. I made a number of close and lasting friendships with the people who lived on my corridor.
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STUDENT LIFE    
by cat1980, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Literature, Bursary from University of Lausanne
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 interact with the local community without much university involvement
Nightlife, Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
One place definitely not to be missed is La Barbare near the cathedral, which serves the best hot chocolate anywhere!! The central refectory, known affectionately as 'la banane' is very tasty and healthy and very good value for money. In town, Manora's great for good and healthy food when you're on a budget and the Bleu Lézard and Les Brasseurs are good bars. The city's beautiful so the view from virtually anywhere's great and in Ouchy you've got both a lake and mountains to look at!!
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ACADEMIC    
by Karen, University of York, York, United Kingdom
Literature, SOCRATES
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:
I took a number of courses and found the overall teaching quality varied enormously. By far and away the best teacher was the linguistics professor who brought an inspiring amount of enthusiasm, research and wit into his classes. I wanted to change my major!



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 was a lot of confusion between the two universities I was attending. Neither academic from either university would agree with the other or provide an adequate support. I believe that at least one of these professors has been taken from his role as exchange support since I returned from Switzerland.

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by Karen, University of York, York, United Kingdom
Literature, SOCRATES
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: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction.
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my knowledge
How much did you improve your local language?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: At ease in most situations
Personal comments:
It was frequently difficult to find situations where I could speak French since many people in Switzerland are already fluent in English and enjoy the opportunities to practise it with a native speaker. I found it quite off putting to be responded to in English when speaking French and actually found I spoke French most frequently with the many German-speakers who were also in Lausanne to learn French. (This may explain why I seemed to have picked up a German accent in my spoken French!)
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EXPENSES    
by cat1980, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Literature, Bursary from University of Lausanne
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:
Other
Other sources of funding:
Family
Student loan and Swiss government grant
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits:
Spent more on telephone as I was making international calls but SMS are roughly the same. Accommodation was surprisingly cheap, but my halls and accommodation at my home university is quite expensive anyway. Was spending more on nightlife but went out less so it balanced out, but found travel, especially round the country, a lot cheaper.
Overall, Food, Telephone: was more expensive than at home.
Nightlife: was the same price as at home.
Housing, Travel: was less expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
Swiss trains! Train travel is relatively cheap and can be brought down by buying a one year half-fare card (demi-tarif) which gets you half price tickets on train lines, and the vast majority of buses and boats. It costs about 150CHF but it is most likely that it will pay for itself. Overall, I found that Switzerland was cheaper than people say it can be, once you get to know where to cut costs.
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OVERALL    
by cat1980, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Literature, Bursary from University of Lausanne
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...
Sorry to sound so cheesy, but wish I'd known that I'd be so upset to be leaving!! :)
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:
It's a great university, very friendly with a beautiful green campus. I got to meet lots of international students and some Swiss students when I was there and am still in contact with now, and that's what made the experience.



FINAL COMMENTS

Best place to travel to is to Geneva airport and go from its train station direct to Lausanne. If you feel a bit homesick or feel like you're not meeting enough people, the university has the Association pour les EtudiantEs Concerné par une Echange (AEcE, the international society) which organises loads of events and nights out.
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