|Academic Term||Autumn Semester / Academic Year|
|Eligibility||Declared CSE majors only. Visit the "Academics" tab to learn more.|
|Language||Instruction in English|
|Program Manager||Jenifer Hiigli | firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Priority Application Deadline||January 15 (Autumn Semester / Academic Year)
Spring Semester Priority Deadline
|May 15 (Spring Semester)|
|General||Students will take part in either a semester long or academic year exchange to the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) school of Computer and Communication Science. CSE students will take advanced bachelor's and masters' courses.|
Students wishing to know more about applying for a CSE exchange should visit the CSE exchange site. More detailed information about the EPFL exchange can be found here.
Lausanne a French-speaking city in western Switzerland, located on Lake Geneva and very close to France. It's a fairly small city, but very international and with the amenities of many larger cities: good public transit, museums, culture, and nightife. Lausanne has two universities, and is home to the International Olympic Committee. Large cities nearby are Zurich (2 hours by train), Geneva (45 mins), and Paris (3.5 hours).
Prerequisites and Language Requirements
This exchange requires academic preparation for senior/masters-level coursework. CSE majors selected for this exchange will have strong grades, will complete required 300-level CSE classes before the exchange, and should feel comfortable going into 400-level work. Newer CSE majors may also be considered for an EPFL exchange if they speak French well enough to take courses taught in French.
Credits and Conversion Scale
You will approx. receive 20 - 25 UW credits per semester. How our office will determine the amount is through our Credit Conversion Scale for the program.
If you would like some assistance, schedule an appointment with one of our Program Assistants here
CSE exchange students at EPFL will choose from courses in the School of Computer & Communication Science ("IC"). Some bachelors courses and all masters courses are taught in English. This Study Plan shows course info for a full year, including level, exams type, credits, and langauge of instruction. Find the bachelors study plan here.
For more information, visit the CSE exchange site.
If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.
For more information about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.
Students wishing to know more about housing at EPFL should visit their housing portal.
The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.
The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.
If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance.
As a participant of a university exchange, you pay an exchange fee equivalent to UW tuition (1.5 quarters of UW tuition for semester-long exchanges, and 3 quarters of UW tuition for academic year exchanges). Exchange fees are determined by UW residency status: in-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to in-state tuition, and out-of-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to out-of-state tuition. The exchange fee and IPE administrative fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.
In addition, EPFL offers a monthly stipend of $550 USD, although amounts may vary.
- A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
- You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid. For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
- Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.
- There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
- Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
- For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered. You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship. Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.
We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:
- Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
- Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at email@example.com to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
- Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
- Visit the Finances section of our website.
The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad.
This study abroad program also requires completion of a secondary application specific to EPFL. Additional information and instructions for the secondary application will be sent by email after the UW application is submitted. Instructions about this process will be provided to you by your study abroad adviser following your selection for the exchange
To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.
UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest.
Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.
The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.
The UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. Note that no part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun.
The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:
- Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
- Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.
Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.