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University of Lausanne

4.3 out of 5 (33 ratings / 19 reviews) Lausanne, Switzerland
Founded in 1537, the University of Lausanne is composed of seven faculties where approximately 11,500 students and 2,200 researchers work and study. Emphasis is placed on an interdisciplinary approach, with close cooperation between students, professors and teaching staff. The UNIL campus is spread across three locations, the largest of which is in Dorigny, on the shores of Lake Geneva.

Master's Programmes

Social Sciences (17)
Business & Management (10)
Humanities (7)
Law (5)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (5)
Medicine & Health (3)
Computer Science & IT (2)
Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Engineering & Technology (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)



In 1970, the university moved progressively from the old city of Lausanne, around the Cathedral and the Château, to its present site at Dorigny. The end of the 20th century witnessed the beginnings of an ambitious project aiming at greater co-operation and development among the French-speaking universities of Lausanne, Geneva and Neuchâtel, together with the EPFL.


  • The University of Lausanne is a higher teaching and research institution composed of seven faculties where approximately 14,900 students and 3,000 researchers work and study.
  • UNIL is focused on several academic disciplines, especially Medicine, Life Sciences, Geosciences, Environment, Business, Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • An emphasis is placed on an interdisciplinary approach, with close cooperation between students, teaching staff, and professors.


The University of Lausanne comprises more than 140 teaching or research units working in fields as diverse as genomics, aesthetics of cinema, environmental law and criminalistics.In institutes, laboratories and libraries, 3,000 researchers, including 558 professors, work every day on projects of national and international significance, thereby increasing the institution’s research capital. The UNIL seeks in particular to encourage a cross-disciplinary approach to research.

  • Research fields
  • Biology and Medicine
  • Law, Criminal Justice and Public Administration
  • Geosciences and Environment
  • Business and Economics
  • Arts
  • Social and Political Sciences
  • Theology and Sciences of Religions


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University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Student services

Admissions Service (SII) - This Service provides information on:

  • Admission requirements for students, PhD candidates and "listeners only"
  • Changing faculty or status within a faculty
  • Unenrolment procedure
  • Students’ matriculation and registration
  • Changes of students’ address and personal data
  • Changes of status (semester leave) and taxation; sending of invoices for the payment of registration fees
  • Establishing of different certificates (for the AVS, etc.)
  • Registration of "listeners only" (auditeurs).
Social Affairs and Student Mobility (SASME) - This service will help you to find:
  • Accommodation
  • A job during your studies
  • Information about work permit
  • Information about universities exchange programmes

Housing services

  • Dependent room
This is a room, generally furnished, in a private house. The landlord may require a 1 or 2 month financial guarantee.
  • Independent room
This is a room, generally furnished, with its own entrance.
  • Shared apartment
This is a joint tenancy, i.e. a room in an apartment with other students. The landlord may require a 1 or 2 month financial guarantee.
  • Apartment
The majority of apartments are managed by estate agents. Therefore, to get an apartment you will have to contact directly the agencies in the region. Generally, the lease is for a minimum period of 1 year.
  • Studios
Same as for the apartments, however there are more independent owners, which make it a little bit easier.

Library services

The University and Cantonal Library - Lausanne (BCUL), with its two million documents, modern research tools and an ideal working environment overlooking Lake Geneva.

Medical services

  • UNIL First Aid Team
  • Emergencies 24H/24 (outside UNIL)
  • UNIL Health Services
Nurses will receive you on a daily basis with or without appointment.Free consultations are offered for all health issues, concerns about high-risk consumption or behavioral difficulties.
  • Psychotherapeutic Consultation Service
  • Dental Care

Student Life

Student clubs

  • Facultaires
  • Association des étudiant-e-s en lettres (AEL)
  • Association des doctorants et assistants en sciences de la Faculté de biologie et médecine (ADAS)
  • Association des étudiant-e-s en biologie (LAB)
  • Association des étudiant-e-s en droit de Lausanne (AEDL)
  • Association des étudiant-e-s en géosciences et environnement (AEGE)
  • Association des étudiant-e-s en médecine (AEML)
  • Association des étudiant-e-s en sciences criminelles (AESC)
  • Association des étudiant-e-s en sciences des religions (AESR)
  • Association des étudiant-e-s en SSP (AESSP)
  • Association des étudiant-e-s en théologie (AETh)
  • Association du corps intermédiaire de la Faculté des lettres (ACIL)

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Hey! I study Medicine in Switzerland, Lausanne. As in any other country, getting into medical school is hard, really hard. It will cost you all your nerves and you will hate it at times, but love it at the same time. The selection process in Lausanne take part during the academic year; you start with 600 other students in September and about 200 end up in the second. In...

A stay abroad - so many interesting things!
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

During my exchange I did an internship at the hospital as a medical student. I had a very warm welcome in Switzerland thanks to my buddy from the buddy programme who helped me with the first steps and showed me around. The administrational stuff was well organised by the university so I could start working without any problems. I soon started participating in activities...

Great international studying environment
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I really liked the fact that this unviersity has student from all over the world and promotes well cultural exchange. I also liked that it is a campus separated from the city, it makes it much more cozy. The only thing that I disliked is that in my major (Social sciences) there wasn't any group events like in all the other majors in Lausanne.

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