Studying abroad

EPFL strongly encourages mobility among its students, whether in traditional exchanges or through the completion of a Master’s thesis in another institution.

Apart from discovering new educational systems and teaching techniques, both of which give real added value to an academic career, students who spend part of their studies abroad also gain international experience and master another language. This will enable them to significantly enhance their employability.

Leaving their comfort zone and setting ambitious objectives allows students to know themselves better and become more autonomous. Building a network of useful contacts for their future, experiencing other cultures and widening their vision of the world will also open up new possibilities.

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The Education Outreach Department manages the inter-institutional partnerships and works hand in hand with the Registrar’s Office’s (SAC) Mobility Office, which is in charge of all practical aspects relating to student mobility, to make exchanges a success.

Each field of study also has an Academic Exchanges Advisor to advise on the academic aspects of an exchange and the development of individual study plans.

During the 3rd year of Bachelor’s studies, EPFL offers its students the chance to study abroad at one of its numerous partner universities. Such an exchange does not interrupt the curriculum, as credits obtained are recognized by EPFL.

EPFL allows its students to complete their curriculum abroad by doing their Master’s project in either a partner or a non-partner university.

EPFL offers certain students with outstanding academic records the opportunity to follow a double diploma or a joint degree course.


During this week dedicated to student exchange opportunities in the United States and Canada, representatives of leading partner universities in this region and mobility experts will present their institution and answer questions from EPFL students.

More information and registration link to be shared soon. Registered participants will receive the Zoom links via email.

To learn about the participating institutions expand the toggles below.

Students interested in an exchange can learn everything about studying abroad from the Education Outreach Department and the Student Exchange Office at their annual Study Abroad Fair. 

Further information

North American Week Universities

The online information sessions are reserved for second year Bachelor’s students. Registration will be mandatory to be able to attend.

Expand the toggle for more details on date and time.

Registration information to follow shortly on this page.

  • Monday, 8 November, 17h00 – 17h45

University webpage

  • Monday, 8 November, 17h45 – 18h30

University webpage

  •  Date and time TBC

University webpage

  • Wedneday, 10 November, 12h15 – 13h00

University webpage

  •  Wednesday, 10 November, 20h – 21h

Joint presentation with UCSD’s Professor Thomas Hermann, Dean for Education, Division of Physical Sciences and EPFL’s Professor Paul Dyson, Dean of the School of Basic Sciences followed by opportunity to interact directly with students from UCSD.

Exchange program currently possible only to students from the School of Basic Sciences. 

University webpage

Meeting a host institution

  • City University of Hong Kong, Virtual Information Session via Zoom, 15 October at 11 am (Lausanne time) – please contact [email protected] to get the Zoom link

October 2020

  • University of Sydney, Australia, Virtual Information Session via Zoom, October 7 or 13
  • École Polytechnique, Paris, France, Virtual Open Day, October 10