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  • Locations: Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: JHU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Notification Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 ** Varies by program TBA TBA

** Applications must be submitted by 10:00 pm. Study Abroad applicants should note that the deadline indicated here is for Hopkins only; external programs may have earlier deadlines.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
GPA Requirement: 3.0 Housing Type: Off-Campus, On-Campus (not guaranteed)
Language of Instruction: English, French Areas of Study: Engineering & Math
Program Type: Exchange, Hopkins-sponsored Credit Type: Transfer credit (grades do not appear on Hopkins transcript)
Program Advisor: Jenny Quijano Sax Language Prerequisite: No
Prerequisites: Courses in French require 5 semesters of college-level French or equivalent Hopkins Application Fee: $25
Program Description:

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is an engineering college and one of the top-ranked institutions in the world for the high quality of its teaching and research. EPFL is centered on its three missions: teaching, research and technology transfer.

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Hopkins Semester/Year Switzerland
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Thirteen different engineering science programs, cutting-edge laboratories directed by internationally renowned professors, a modern, fast-developing campus, close ties to industry: EPFL offers an exceptional student experience to young people planning a higher education in science and technology. This exchange is open to students in the Whiting School of Engineering at JHU.


Lausanne, Switzerland 

Lausanne is a picturesque city on the shores of Lake Geneva in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. It has a very large international student population.

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Areas of Study

  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Other related engineering fields
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Fall: Mid-September* to Mid-December. Deadline: March 1EPFL - Campus
Full Year: Mid-September* to Late May. Deadline: March 1
Spring: Mid-February* to Late May. Deadline: October 1

*Optional Intensive French Language course starts Mid-August or Late January

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  • 3.0 Cumulative GPA or above
  • 5 semesters of college-level French or the equivalent for students who wish to take courses in French
  • Major in Engineering
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Courses and Credits

Students must take 30 ECTS or 15 credits per semester. 

Undergraduate courses are offered in English and French. Students who are able to take courses in French will have a greater variety of course offerings available to them. Most graduate courses are taught in English. Students who meet the pre-requisite requirements may take graduate-level courses. Students are strongly encouraged to attend an Intensive French language course for exchange students prior to the start of the semester organized by the Language Centre.
  Students spending Spring Semester at EPFL have the option of applying for a Summer Research opportunity there, either overlapping with or to directly follow the semester program. For more information and to apply for that opportunity, visit the EPFL Summer Engineering Research web page. The deadline to apply for spring/summer research is October 1st.
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Students pay JHU tuition, which will be billed to the student account. Students pay housing directly to the housing provider on site. Financial aid may be applied toward the cost of the program.

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Students are responsible for finding their own accommodations. The housing market in the Lausanne area is generally very difficult, so you should begin searching for accommodations as early as possible.EPFL - Matthieu VISP

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Application Process

There is a multi-step application process for this program.

(1) Students must complete the Hopkins application by clicking the green "Apply Now" button at the top/bottom of this page
(2) JHU will need to review and approve this application in order to be able to authorize the EPFL exchange program application (see below).
(3) Nominated students will need to complete the EPFL exchange program application

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EPFL Exchange Program

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