University of Lausanne

  • Lausanne

University of Lausanne

  • #101

    Ranking Ranked by ARWU World University rankings 2020 edition.

  • 83


  • 16,919


  • Public

    Institution Type

UNIL is located on the shores of Lake Léman and is close to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). It has seven faculties, 175 research units, 358 partner universities, 128 nationalities, 12 minutes walk from the lakeshore, 118 sports activities.

Top reasons to study here

  • An international atmosphere
  • An exceptional site on the Lake Geneva coast
  • An international atmosphere


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icon Doctor’s Programs (1)

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The University of Lausanne was founded in 1537 primarily as a training academy for ministers of the church. At that time it was the only French-language Protestant school of theology. In 1890 the academy received the status of a university with the number of faculties increased during that time. In 1970, the university moved progressively from the old city of Lausanne, around the Cathedral and the Château, to its present site at Dorigny.


UNIL is comprised of seven faculties and has around 16,919 students, 4,000 of them are international:

  • Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
  • Faculty of Law, Criminal Sciences and Public Administration
  • Faculty of Literature
  • Faculty of Social and Political Sciences
  • Faculty of Advanced Business Studies
  • Faculty of Geosciences and the Environment
  • Faculty of Biology and Medicine


The University of Lausanne has more than 190 research units that work in diverse fields such as genomics, aesthetics of cinema, environmental law, and criminalistics. Around 3,000 researchers, including 580 professors, work daily on national and international projects in institutes, laboratories, and libraries. The UNIL seeks in particular to encourage a cross-disciplinary approach to research.


Psychotherapeutic consultation

The University of Lausanne offers psychotherapeutic consultation provided by professional psychiatrists and psychologists from the Department of Psychiatry of the CHUV. UNIL students and doctoral students who encounter psychological difficulties during their studies, related to their university career or not, can benefit from temporary medical support. This treatment is offered in the form of interviews (from 1 to 4) with a consultant from the CHUV psychiatry department subject to medical confidentiality.

Language Center

At the Language Center of the University of Lausanne, there are courses offered on languages such as German, English, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Swiss German. In order to find language level, students are assessed by teachers prior to acceptance. Students can apply to register for up to three languages.

IT Services

The IT Center supports the teaching and research missions of UNIL. Providing qualitative IT services is their goal. The IT Services center team is comprised of professionals and student assistants who listen to the needs of UNIL employees and students, providing advice and individualized training.


According to the official website, the Faculty of Business and Economics has program accreditation by EQUIS and AMBA.


University of Lausanne


Lausanne, 1015


+41 21 692 11 11

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