College of Humanities

Bringing together engineering and the humanities

About the CDH

The College of Humanities (CDH) encourages joint research and educational programs that combine the human and social sciences with engineering, life sciences, natural sciences and the other technical fields taught at EPFL. We work through a variety of teaching, research and public outreach programs as described below.

Solidarity with Ukraine

The College of Humanities is offering temporary placements for Ukrainian researchers:

CDH in brief

This year our school has 74 employees, seven faculty members and 130 teachers, and offers 146 classes on a wide variety of topics. We are also home to two research centers – the Digital Humanities Institute (DHI) and the Institute for Area and Global Studies (IAGS) – as well as EPFL Pavilions and the CDH-Culture program, which puts on a range of artistic and cultural events.

Our teaching, research and public outreach activities are carried out using what we call a POLY-perspective approach based on the principles of:

  1. cross-disciplinary thinking
  2. big-picture awareness
  3. responsible citizenship
  4. creativity


ArtLab EPFL - photo Adrien Barakat

ArtLab EPFL – photo Adrien Barakat

EPFL Pavilions

EPFL Pavilions website

EPFL Pavilions, located in the middle of EPFL’s Lausanne campus, consists of three pavilions that bring together art, research and technology. The exhibitions held by EPFL Pavilions explore the many ways that digital technology and engineering are changing the way we experience art and our cultural heritage. Entry free of charge.

CDH events

The newsletter of the College of Humanities appears approximately every two months. It includes upcoming events, the latest news, as well as various news about collaborators and current projects.