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  • Locations: Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
  • Budget Sheets: Early Fall
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Affiliated Department: Engineering Foreign Language Required: None
Primary Language(s) of Instruction: English UW Credits: 5
Estimated Program Fee: 5000 UW Program Director: Karl Bohringer, Mike Engh
UW Study Abroad Program Manager: Katherine R Kroeger UW Program Staff Email:,
Program Information:

Location Lausanne, Switzerland
Academic Term Early Fall
08/19/2019 - 09/14/2019
Estimated Program Fee $5,450
Credits 5
Prerequisites Either MATH 136, or MATH 126 and either MATH 307 or AMATH 351, and PHYS 122.
Program Directors Karl Böhringer |
Mike Engh
Program Manager Katherine Kroeger |
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2019
Information Sessions Wednesday, January 16th, 4:30 - 5:30pm, ECE 303
Friday, January 25th, 1 - 2pm, ECE 303
General Take a core UW engineering course while exploring the celebrated tradition of engineering excellence in Switzerland.
Visas This country is part of the Schengen area. Note that there are strict rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area that may impact a student's ability to travel within the region before or after their program, or to attend two subsequent programs in this area. It is critical that the student reviews the information and scenarios here to learn more about Schengen area visa requirements.

Program Description

Located in the center of Europe, Switzerland is famous for its tradition of precision and quality in engineering. In this program, students will get a first-hand look at the history of Swiss engineering and how it has helped this small nation to become a leader in high-tech research and engineering developments. The program will include a section of EE 215: Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering. This course will introduce students to basic concepts of electrical circuits and systems and will count toward the requirements for several engineering majors. The course will be taught through a series of lectures and lab sessions at EPFL, one of Europe's top universities for science and engineering. Students will also explore many of the technical and cultural sites in Switzerland. Planned excursions including the CERN research facility and the Large Hadron Collider, the city of Zermatt and the famous Matterhorn, the Olympic Museum, and a cruise on Lake Geneva.




Lausanne, Switzerland


Students will stay in student housing administered through the Fondation Maison pour Etudiants Lausanne (FMEL) - . This organization is the primary student housing provider for EPFL students. All facilities have a building manager that oversees the safety, security, and maintenance of the living spaces. Most students will be housed in apartments with shared kitchen, living, and bathroom spaces with separate bedrooms for each student. Due to capacity issues, some students may be housed in studio apartment units.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Either MATH 136, or MATH 126 and either MATH 307 or AMATH 351, and PHYS 122. Some walking may be required for industry and cultural visits.


5 UW Quarter Credits


EE 215: Intro to Electrical Engineering (4 credits)

Introduction to electrical engineering. Basic circuit and systems concepts. Mathematical models of components. Kirchhoff's laws. Resistors, sources, capacitors, inductors, and operational amplifiers. Solution of first and second order linear differential equations associated with basic circuit forms. Prerequisite: either MATH 136, or MATH 126 and either MATH 307 or AMATH 351, and PHYS 122.

Learning goals include:
The course objectives are provided for you to understand the tangible skills and competencies you develop as a result of taking this course. They inform you of what types of problems you will be able to solve at the end of the term. At the end of this course, you will be able to: Identify linear systems and represent them in schematic form Explain precisely what the fundamental circuit variables mean and why the fundamental laws governing them are true. Apply Kirchhoff's current and voltage laws, Ohm's law, and the terminal relations describing inductive and capacitive energy-storage elements to circuit problems. Simplify circuits using series and parallel equivalents and using Thevenin and Norton equivalents Perform node and loop analyses in standard matrix format Explain the physical underpinnings of capacitance and inductance. Identify and model first and second order electric systems involving capacitors and inductors Predict the transient behavior of first and second order circuits.

ENGR 496: Understanding Engineering in Switzerland (1 credits)

Through this course, you will learn about the engineering profession in Switzerland and the research and developments that are being pioneered by Swiss engineers. Students will learn through guest lectures, tours of engineering labs at EPFL, and site visits to technical and cultural sites in and around Lausanne, including the CERN facility.








Karl Böhringer
Professor, Electrical Engineering

Mike Engh
Professional Staff, College of Engineering





Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $5,450

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,400)
  • Food (about $30/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.64/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: October 11, 2019

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Financial Aid

  • 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 Study Abroad 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.
  • To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application.  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.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Below 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 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.



Application Process

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. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure online orientation provided by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You will be able to access the online orientation through your study abroad application once you have been accepted to a program. Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

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


$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once you have submitted a contract. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy will be included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal application is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a withdrawal application to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.

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