University of Lausanne


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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:


UNIL has 2 campuses:

  • Lausanne Main Campus
  • Épalinges Campus

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October 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.

If a course is part of a set 'module' and has no individual ECTS value, then students should study 80-100 hours of courses per semester.

Minimum academic requirements

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

Find courses

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

Cours de Vacances webpage (pre-semester language course offered to exchange students free of charge).

Courses taught in English

French as a foreign language courses

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

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. 

Study areas taught in English

Biological sciences
Biomedical science
Chemistry and biochemistry
English literature
Biological sciences
Biomedical science
Chemistry and biochemistry
Earth and Geographical Sciences
English literature
Human resources
Mathematics and statistics

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.


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.  


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.

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

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October 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 the Global Experiences team 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

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.