Summer Research: Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

EPFL is located in full view of the Alps, on the north side of Lake Geneva. It is ranked top 15 worldwide in engineering, technology and computer science. EPFL brings together a campus of 14,000 people including over 10,000 students. With over 110 nationalities on campus, more than 50% of faculty recruited internationally and half of its students originating from abroad, EPFL is one of the most international universities in the world. EPFL also has 350 laboratories, sophisticated equipment and excellent supervision.

More information on research internships can be found here.


Credit equivalency: 5.0 UofT credits = 60 credits. Note: Instead of getting a transcript from the host university, admitted students must enroll in an Independent Research (or similar) course in the equivalent department at U of T.

Departmental approved pathways: Engineering placements not-for-credit (You do not pay U of T tuition). EPFL only offers not-for-credit placements as part of your studies, meaning you should have room for summer research hours in your degree.

Research projectsResearch Internship Program

Housing: Guaranteed or EPFL helps

Funding: Students applying to EPFL for 12 weeks should also apply for Globalink Research Award. Successful GRA applicants will not be considered for $3000 CIE funding and IE
Award because the GRA amount is greater of the two.

Application Requirements: Nominated UofT students must be prepared to apply to the host institution by December 15, 2020.

Links: Testimonials 

  • Subjects Available at Host: Applied Science and Engineering, Arts and Science
  • Program Type: Research
  • Accepting Applications: No
  • Application Deadline: December 3, 2020
  • Timeline: 10-12 weeks, May-August
  • Country: Switzerland
  • City: Lausanne
  • Institution: University
  • Language of Study: English
  • Level of Study: Undergrad
  • Credit: Varies
  • Open to Programs at UofT: Applied Science and Engineering, Arts and Science (St. George), Arts and Science (UTM), Arts and Science (UTSC), Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
  • Tuition & Incidentals: Paid to UofT
  • Program Fees: No fees
  • Funding: $3000 + Possibility of IE Award OR Globalink Research Award OR Partner Funding
  • Eligibility Requirements: Minimum cGPA 3.0 and 2+ years of study completed