Located in Lausanne on the shores of Lake Geneva, EPFL is one of Europe's most famous science and technology institutions.

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.

Key figures

14 864

students and employees


Start up created from 2000 to 2017

4 200

Scientific publications in 2017


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 ad intérim 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 Marc Gruber, vice-président pour l’innovation (VPI) Etienne Marclay, vice-président pour les ressources humaines et opérations (VPRHO) 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 respectful working environment and ensures the integration of each and everyone.

Talents EPFL

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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.

Bike to work campus durable


EPFL as a living laboratory of social and environmental transition.


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.