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OIE Program Adviser
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Preferred Participating Majors
This university is located in Lausanne, Switzerland. To learn more about this city and country, please visit:
EPFL is located on the shores of Lake Geneva and brings together over 10,000 people on a single campus, including 7,200 students and 275 faculty members.
Since it was founded in 1853, EPFL has become a world-renowned international institution with more than 100 nationalities on campus. The School has a unique organization to foster cross-disciplinary research and promote partnerships with other institutions and companies. Its more than 250 laboratories and research groups enable EPFL to rank among the world’s most innovative and productive institutions in terms of science.
EPFL offers 13 complete study programmes at the Bachelor and Master levels in engineering, basic sciences, computer and communication sciences, life sciences, architecture and the environment.
T he EPFL Doctoral School enables PhD students of the same subject to work together, transcending the boundaries of their own labs. Students attending the EPFL School of Continuing Education have the opportunity to strengthen and update their skills and knowledge, giving them a competitive edge in a rapidly evolving professional environment.
- off-campus residence halls
- off-campus apartments/rooms for rent
The Fondation maison pour étudiants Lausanne (FMEL) manages 7 residences with accommodation (rooms and studio flats) for EPFL and Lausanne University students only. Applications for a room can be made online. Les Estudiantines - brand new halls of residence on campus - offer 330 accommodation units (studios and furnished rooms) available to EPFL students as a priority. There are also other student halls. For more information, click here or here.
Additionally, the Lausanne University/EPFL housing department has a list of rooms for rent – rooms in a private flat, flats shared with other students or self-contained rooms. There are also studio flats and apartments for rent. The list can be obtained by e-mailing email@example.com. Students already on the campus may view vacancies on the Intranet.
- no meal plan
- on-campus dining
There are several restaurants and cafeterias on the EPFL campus. For the menus and opening times, please click here.
- Georgia Tech degree-seeking student.
- Good Academic Standing with a 3.0* (or higher) GPA at time of application
- Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at GT.
- At least 18 years of age by the program's departure date
- Be able to stay at the host university for the duration of their semester, INCLUDING through their exam period
- Be in Good Standing with the Office of Student Affairs and Housing
- All Non-U.S. Citizens are welcome to apply to participate in an exchange outside of their home country only. This rule applies to all who do not have a U.S. passport, including U.S. Permanent Residents.
- All study abroad participants are required to have a passport prior to any visa deadline dates, and any needed visas prior to departure date (Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations prior to departure).
*Some host schools have stricter requirements such as higher GPA or more time in school before study abroad. (See Academic Info on your host school GT program page for any restrictions.)
For EPFL's course catalog, click here. Go to Course Description and Timetable and click on Course description.
Only graduate students may take Business Administration classes.
The language of instruction at EPFL is French, although a few undergraduate classes are taught in English. At the graduate level, some programs are in English.
GT recommends that undergraduate students complete at least 2 years of college level French or have the equivalent advanced/3000 level of skills before participating in this program.
EPFL's Language Centre offers intensive modules in French, intended exclusively for exchange or Master students, Swiss German, and Swiss Italian students. Exchange doctoral students may join these courses if enough places are available. These courses take place during three weeks before the beginning of the academic year so that students may prepare themselves under the best possible conditions in a French-speaking environment. For more information, click here.
Credit for courses taken as a part of exchange programs is received by transferring the credits back to Georgia Tech. For more information about this, click here. Here you will find the foreign credit approval form, the foreign credit approval form instructions, and a link to the registrar's Equivalency Table.
CREDIT TRANSFER AND GRADING SYSTEM
CREDIT TRANSFER SYSTEM:
1 ECTS credit = 0.714 GT credit
1 GT credit = 1.4 ECTS
EPFL grade = US grade
5.5-6 = A
4.5-5.25 = B
3.5-4.25 = C
3-3.25 = D
1-2.5 = F
Program Costs (Estimated)
- For most exchange programs, participants must pay GT tuition, GT campus fees, and study abroad insurance to the GT Bursar for each GT semester they are abroad. No other expenses associated with this program are paid to GT; instead, these expenses are paid on site.
- Keep in mind the costs of books, health insurance, food, living expenses, and travel money, as well as pre-departure costs like your passport and visa.
- Following are cost estimates for one semester at the exchange program school that may help you prepare for your term(s) abroad. All costs are in USD.