Located in Switzerland, EPFL is one of Europe’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan science and technology institutions.
Vue aérienne du campus lausannois de l'EPFL

Aerial view of the EPFL campus in Lausanne © Jamani Caillet

EPFL at a glance

EPFL is Europe’s most cosmopolitan technical university. It welcomes students, professors and collaborators of more than 120 nationalities. EPFL has both a Swiss and international vocation and focuses on three missions: teaching, research and innovation.

EPFL collaborates with an important network of partners, including other universities and colleges, secondary schools and gymnasiums, industry and the economy, political circles and the general public, with the aim of having a real impact on society.

One school, five campuses


EPFL is divided into several national and international teaching, research and innovation centres

Past, present, future


Founded in 1853, the École Spéciale de Lausanne was renamed École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in 1969.

La direction de l'EPFL. De gauche à droite Edouard Bugnion, vice-président pour les systèmes d’information (VPSI); Andreas Mortensen, vice-président pour la recherche (VPR); Caroline Kuyper, vice-présidente pour les finances (VPFI); Martin Vetterli, président; Etienne Marclay, vice-président pour les ressources humaines et opérations (VPRHO); Marc Gruber, vice-président pour l’innovation (VPI); Pierre Vandergheynst, vice-président pour l’éducation (VPE)


EPFL is structured as a Direction, Schools, Colleges, an EPFL Assembly, a Council of EPFL Teachers, Centers and Central Services.

Missions and values

Teaching, research and technology transfer take place within a framework that promotes equal opportunities and sustainability actions.

Human resources and communication

Working at EPFL

EPFL offers a dynamic work environment promoting collaboration and respect in a multicultural campus.

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News & Media

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A committed school

Cooperation and development

Innovative technologies to support the social, environmental and economic development of the countries of the South.


By becoming a partner, you support projects that are technologically led by experts. Donations help to push back the frontiers of research.

Vue du Rolex Learning center. Au premier plan, un champ de coquelicots


EPFL as a living laboratory of social and environmental transition.

Une mappemonde, dessinée sur une table, constituée de mots-clés

Equal Opportunities Office

Equal opportunities are an integral part of EPFL’s development and excellence policy.

Une femme, de face, faisant une signe de refus


EPFL’s strength is rooted in its extraordinary diversity. Our institution thrives because we show consideration for one another and do not remain indifferent in the event of harassment or discrimination.


Des Alumni discutant autour d'une table, à l'extérieur d'un bâtiment, durant la Garden Party organisée en 2016.

© Alain Herzog / EPFL

EPFL Alumni


EPFL Alumni has more than 34’000 Alumni scattered in nearly 80 countries. An online directory and numerous events allow them to keep in touch with other former students, the School and its news.