University of Lausanne

Lausanne
Switzerland

Language of instruction

English
French

The University of Lausanne is a higher teaching and research institution where an emphasis is placed on close cooperation between students, teaching staff and professors. With a history stretching back 450 years, UNIL is today ranked within the Top 200 universities in the world.

UNIL boasts a green and spacious lakeside setting. An excellent public transport network links the campus in Dorigny to Lausanne, the smallest city in Switzerland. Lausanne’s undulating contours afford residents and visitors spectacular views over Lake Geneva and the Alps. The wealth of its cultural life is exceptional, while its modest size keeps it on a human scale.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Semester 2 (Spring) February–July
Semester 2 Semester 1 (Autumn) September–January

View the UNIL academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

UNIL has online resources to help get more from your exchange:

Campuses

UNIL has 2 campuses:

  • Lausanne Main Campus
  • Épalinges Campus

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

20 ECTS credits per semester at UNIL is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at UNIL.

Find courses

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Search the UNIL course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Most mainstream undergraduate courses are taught in French, which requires students’ French language to be at least at B2 level of the CEFR.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Advertising
Economics
Human resources
International business
Marketing
English literature
French
Linguistics
Biological sciences
Biomedical science
Biotechnology
Chemistry and biochemistry
Postgraduate
Advertising
Economics
Finance
Human resources
Marketing
English literature
French
Biological sciences
Biomedical science
Biotechnology
Chemistry and biochemistry
Earth sciences
Mathematics and statistics

Course restrictions

Most mainstream undergraduate courses are taught in French, which requires students’ French language to be at least at B2 level of the CEFR.

In several faculties (e.g. Faculty of Business and Economics, School of Biology), Masters level courses are only available to postgraduate students.

The courses offered in the following programs are not open to exchange students:

  • School of Medicine
  • School of Criminal Science
  • Master of Science in Accounting, Control and Finance
  • Executive programs (MBA, EMBA, Master of Advanced Studies, etc.)

"Cours Satellites" should not make up your entire course load - they should only take up 2 or 3 places on your overall study plan.

Annee Elementaire French language subjects only available in Spring semester for exchange students.

French as a Foreign Langauge students may finish their semester earlier than advised in the academic calendar.

Additional academic information

UNIL has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Accommodation

There are multiple accommodation options for UNiL students. The Social Affairs and Student Mobility (SASM) Office at UNiL will reserve a room for UQ exchange students in one of the student halls of residence, but places fill up quickly.

If you miss out on a place in the halls of residence, the SASM Office provides a number of resources to help you in your search, including an accommodation database which you can access once enrolled.

Please note that the private housing situation in the region is particularly difficult.

Cost of living

UNIL recommends students budget around CHF 1950 per month while on exchange in Lausanne. The university provides a breakdown of average living expenses to help you plan your budget.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Insurance

Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

UQ Abroad exchange students must purchase the compulsory Swiss insurance after they have arrived at Lausanne.

The UQ Corporate Travel Insurance does not cover all Benefits of the Swiss Insurance as outlined in the Waiver form offered by Lausanne (specifically maternity and legal abortion), so cannot be used as an Equivalent/Alternative form of insurance.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As UQ Abroad is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

UNIL provides visa and immigration information for incoming exchange students/

Contact the Swiss Embassy for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.