Teaching languages

The official teaching languages at EPFL are French and English. Masters programs are taught in English or French, some in both languages (see overview here).

Should you have any questions regarding the teaching language of the program you are applying for, please contact the person indicated on the relevant webpage.

Lausanne is situated in the multicultural French-speaking part of Switzerland. Although the official language of the area is French, you will find that many people speak several languages, which simplifies the integration of international students.

However, even if your program is in English, it is strongly advised to have some basic knowledge of French for your daily life. For this reason the EPFL offers the possibility to follow a three-week intensive French course before the beginning of the academic year to all incoming international Masters students. Admitted candidates will receive all essential information in due course.

Minimum recommended language skills


The EPFL recommends students entering its Masters programs to have at least a  C1 level of the teaching language (defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for languages scale).
Read a detailed comparison of language skill levels as evaluated by the most commonly used tests on this dedicated page.

Language Centre

EPFL wishes to promote the development of linguistic and intercultural skills among its students. It offers free language courses throughout the year to all students, thanks to its on-campus Language Centre. The University of Lausanne and EPFL also created an online platform where you can learn some basis of French and find integration tips before arriving in Lausanne, try it here!

Any ECTS credits obtained in language courses are not recognised in the student’s curriculum. They can therefore not count towards a Bachelor or Master degree at EPFL