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.


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.


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. The next edition will take place on 14 October 2021.

Further information

Meeting a host institution

October 2020

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