Coming from abroad?
Do you need a visa or a residence permit in order to study at EPFL? How can you obtain it? This page will inform you about those questions and will direct you towards more specific websites.
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Depending on the program, the teaching language will be English and/or French (see the programs overview and their teaching languages here). Here, you will find information and recommendations regarding languages at EPFL, in addition to the specific information communicated via the programs’ specific pages.
Practical aspects, on and off campus
The Students Affairs (SAE) from EPFL is there to help you at all practical levels when preparing your arrival and during your studies. On this service’s portal, you will find a lot of useful information regarding subjects such as:
- Health Insurances
- Living costs in Lausanne, possible financial support
- Health advice
- Studies Management advice
EPFL encourages international mobility and offers the option of accomplishing part of your studies abroad. The range of possibilities is very wide, with partner universities all around the world.
The academic year is split into 2 semesters. The first semester (Fall semester) starts in week 38 (mid-September). The courses finish in week 51. Then follow 3 weeks of holidays, also used to prepare the semester’s exams that happen in weeks 3,4 and 5.
The second semester (Spring semester) starts in week 8 and ends in week 22. Then follow 2 preparation weeks before the exams session happening in weeks 25, 26 and 27.
Life on campus is also animated by many memorable events: culture, sports, parties are also important aspects of a student’s life.
- The music festival Balelec
- The Beachvolley tournament Polybeach
- The legendary Satellite bar and its cultural program
- Polynite, being traditonnally the first big party of the academic year
- And many others!
A majority of those events are organized by students associations, groups that are worth volunteering for. The main students association at EPFL is called Agepoly.
It is of course possible to practice a wide variety of sports at EPFL, furthermore, in a stunning natural environment and state of the art facilities. The sports service works for both EPFL and our neighbour, the University of Lausanne.
Plan your future
The EPFL Career Center offers to students services and organizes events that will help you plan your professional future. During your studies, remember to use these opportunities!
If you haven’t found the information that you were looking for on this website, have a look at our list of FAQs or contact the students services.