Pre-university weeks for high school students

EPFL is directly concerned by the question of the new generation of scientists. The development of pre-university weeks for high school students is part of EPFL’s desire to anchor science and technology in the general knowledge of future students, therefore strengthening the attractiveness of engineering training.

Physical sciences, electronics, robotics, materials science, programming and environmental analysis are all fields that high school students get the chance to explore during EPFL’s pre-university weeks, which have multiple benefits that have proven their worth.

Teaching is given in an interdisciplinary and refreshing setting that goes beyond the scope of traditional high school subjects. It offers students the opportunity to interact with peers who share the same interest in science and allows the development of transferable skills in terms of time management, working methods and language skills.

Such an immersion is a good preparation for university studies, as it gives students the possibility to further strengthen the fundamentals acquired in high school while encouraging creativity and applied dimension.

Next editions

Comprendre le développement durable dans sa globalité et prendre conscience de la contribution essentielle des sciences et technologies à cette thématique complexe. C’est ce que cette semaine pré-universitaire propose aux gymnasiennes et gymnasiens intéressés à se plonger dans ce sujet brûlant.

Edition: 16-19.10.2023
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La nature est-elle régie par des lois mathématiques? Quel est le rapport entre mathématiques et philosophie? Entre cryptographie et logique? C’est ce que les participantes et participants de cette semaine pré-universitaire découvriront en travaillant sur leur capacité à avoir une démarche intellectuelle rigoureuse et en relevant des défis en équipe.

Edition: 23-27.10.2023

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Past editions

Ein optisches Messgerät konstruieren, um den Herzschlag zu messen? Im Bach das aquatische Ökosystem erkunden? Eine erdbebensichere Struktur bauen? In die Fussstapfen der Astronautinnen und Astronauten treten und den ersten Mondschritt nachahmen?

Edition: 26-29.06.2023
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This pre-university week offers high school students the opportunity to discover scientific programming and modelling of materials during their immersion at EPFL.

Edition: 26-30.06.2023
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Learn how to connect electronic components, program a microcontroller and create 3D models. During this pre-university week, participants will dive into the theory and application of mobile robotics using the micro:bit board to conceptualize, design and build their own robot.

Edition: 03-06.07.2023
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A calculator is a reassuring companion during math tests. But how does it work? And how can we be sure that it displays the correct result. During this pre-university week, the participants will answer such questions while designing a calculator.

Edition: 03-06.07.2023
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Gagner à tous les coups, est-ce possible? Avoir l’assurance de gagner lorsqu’on commence une partie d’échecs, de dames ou de charret, c’est le rêve de chaque joueuse et chaque joueur. Est-ce vraiment possible? Peut-on optimiser sa stratégie au point de ne laisser aucune chance à son adversaire?

Edition: 03-07.07.2023
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During this pre-university week, participants will learn the basics of JavaScript programming and implement key biological concepts in code to analyze their impact on life. The findings are presented in a visual form that is easy to interpret.

Edition: 10-13.07.2023
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Concert tickets, admission to museums, menus in restaurants: QR codes are everywhere. They give us access to various activities and information, but how are they designed? How reliable are they and what kind of data can they contain?

Edition: 17-21.04.2023
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From Newton’s first law of motion to special relativity, and then from Newton’s second law of motion to general relativity, the high school students will follow the footsteps that led to discoveries at the basis of today’s work on the origin of the Universe, gravitational waves, and black holes.

Edition: 04-08.07.2022

During this pre-university week, participants will alternate theory sessions and practicals in order to explore the foundations of mobile robotics and dig into topics such as sensors, motion, control, local navigation, neural networks and machine learning.

Edition: 17-20.10.2022


These pre-university weeks are organized each year, in the spring, the summer and the autumn. Specific programs may also be proposed in collaboration with the high schools. If you are interested by this offer, do not hesitate to contact the Education outreach department:

[email protected]

Centre Midi – CM2 348
Station 10
CH – 1015 Lausanne

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