University of Lausanne


The University of Lausanne forerunner was founded in 1537. At that time, the vocation of the academy was to train ministers for the church. Centuries passed, and the academy grew and diversified. And in 1890, it gained the status of a university.

UNIL is higher research and teaching institution composed of seven faculties. Three main areas of research are prioritised. These are Environmental Sciences, Human and Social Sciences, Life Sciences and Medicine. Three faculties of UNIL are one of their kind in Switzerland: 

  • Geosciences and Environment (GSE)
  • Biology and Medicine (FBM) 
  • Law, Criminal Justice and Public Administration. 

And a wide range of interdisciplinary courses is offered as well.

Countless cultural and sporting activities are carried out here, ranging from football to underwater diving and from the language and I.T. course to the exhibition, cinema, theatre etc.


University has an international atmosphere. One-third of teaching staff and one-fifth of the student population come from abroad. UNIL has approximately 4400 researchers and 17,100 students. It has about 4000 regular international students. And institute hosts around 500 exchange students each year.

The admission office can provide all the information regarding the admission criteria. And on their website, you can find special sections which provide all practical knowledge so that you can prepare for your arrival in Lausanne in the best possible conditions.

Social Affairs and Student Mobility office (Service des affaires sociales et de la mobilité étudiante) provides all the support and information to exchange students.


Institute doesn’t have any hall of residence on campus. However, it works closely with the FMEL (Fondation Maisons pour Etudiants Lausanne) to accommodate over 2500 students at 14 locations. These locations are mainly within Lausanne urban area.

The university tries to secure accommodation for exchange students in the FMEL hall of residence. Due to a limited number of places available, institutes don’t guarantee housing for all students.

Unfortunately, if you are unable to secure accommodation through FMEL, it is exclusively reserved for their students. On this database, advertisements are published for living spaces. You can access this database with UNIL credentials (username and password). If you don’t have these credentials, their housing department will send you regular updates of advertisements for the room listed in the PDF file. Note that the institute has not inspected the location listed on this platform. However, they try to identify any fake advertisements—especially those designed to get you to hand over money for housing that doesn’t exist.

Finally, other institutes are aimed to provide student housing. Private associations run these, so you can also go for that option.


  • Globally, UNIL is ranked among the 150 top universities in the world by Q.S. world rankings.
  • Times Higher Education academic ranking of world universities (Shanghai-Ranking) has ranked it on 176th number.
  • According to U.S. News & World Report Best Universities Rankings, it was ranked 184th.
  • In national ranking, university lies on 7th.
  • By the quality of faculty rank, it lies on 104th.


University of Lausanne
1015 Lausanne, Switzerland

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