EPFL is the birthplace of the modern computer mouse and ambitious scientific projects, such as Hydroptère (the world’s fastest sailing boat), Solar Impulse and the Human Brain Project, which in January 2013 became one of two flagship projects selected as part of the European FET initiative, as well as sustainable innovations, such as the famous dye- sensitised solar cells. This renowned university offers teaching at all study levels (from Bachelor’s through to doctoral) and has been growing at a remarkable rate since becoming a federal institution in 1969.

Directly overlooking Lake Geneva, EPFL accommodates around 13,400 people: over 9,800 students and doctoral students and 3,500 researchers, as well as technical and administrative staff. With its landmark, the globally unique Rolex Learning Center, the campus offers the most attractive living and working conditions for teaching and research. People from over 125 countries meet each other every day here, at one of the most international universities in the world. From Master’s level onwards, the language of instruction is usually English.

A particularly high priority for EPFL lies in promoting international partnerships, sponsorship arrangements and joint projects between academia and industry. The campus also includes the “EPFL Innovation Park”, where over 100 start-ups and research centres run by renowned companies enjoy a dynamic environment. Twelve start-ups and spin-offs were launched in 2013 thanks to technologies developed at EPFL.