Studying abroad

EPFL 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 your academic career, you will gain international experience and master another language. This will enable you to significantly enhance your employability and impress future employers.

Leaving your comfort zone and setting ambitious objectives will allow you to know yourself better and become more autonomous. Building a network of useful contacts for your future, experiencing other cultures and widening your 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 you the chance to study abroad at one of its numerous partner universities. Such an exchange will not interrupt your studies, as credits obtained are recognised by EPFL.

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

EPFL offers certain students, selected on the basis of their marks, the opportunity to follow a double diploma or joint degree course.


Interested in a student exchange? 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 in autumn 2021.

More information

Meet your Future Host Institution

October 2020

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