Summer Research Exchange: EPFL Excellence Research Internship Program

EPFL (The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne) is one of the world’s most cosmopolitan technical university with students, professors and collaborators of over 120 nationalities.

Located in full view of the Alps, on the north side of Lake Geneva, it is ranked among the top European Engineering Institutions. EPFL brings together a campus of over 17,000 people and has some 500 laboratories and research groups, in disciplines ranging from math and life science to architecture and engineering.

In the framework of the Excellence Research Internship Program (ERIP), selected students spend in average three months (possible extension under certain conditions) in an EPFL laboratory on campus undertaking research with renowned professors and researchers.

More information on research internships can be found here.

Summer Research Exchange Credit

Arts & Science (St. George/UTM/UTSC) or Daniels: Students must enroll in an Independent Research (or similar) course in the equivalent department at UofT. There will be no transcript issued by the host institution. Students must have completed 3+ years of study before the exchange. 

Applied Science and Engineering: There are 2 options. Please indicate which option you are pursuing in the Study Plan section of the Learning Abroad application. (1) Students may pursue research on not-for-credit basis. Students will pay incidental fees but no tuition fee with this option. It is available only for students who will apply the summer research hours towards their degree requirements. Students must have room for this research experience as part of their practical experience requirement. (2) Students may enroll in an APS299Y0 course while on exchange and obtain credit for this research experience. Please check with your department to see if you are eligible to enroll in APS299Y0 and indicate the course code in the Study Section on the application form. 

Research projectsERIP

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 11, 2023 9:00 AM CET. Further information will be provided to nominated students.

Links: Testimonials 

Learn more about the Summer Research Exchange Program.


Country(ies): Switzerland
City: Lausanne
Institution: University


Accepting Applications: No
Timeline: 10-12 weeks
Run By: CIE
For Credit: Varies

Deadlines: Summer Deadline: December 4, 2023


Language of Study: English
Level of Study: Undergrad
Subjects Available at Host: Arts and Science, Applied Science and Engineering
Program Type: Research
Tuition & Incidentals: Paid to UofT
Program Fees: No fees
Funding: $3000 + Possibility of IE Award OR Host Funding OR Globalink Research Award


Schools/Faculties: Applied Science and Engineering Arts and Science (St. George) Arts and Science (UTM) Arts and Science (UTSC) John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design
Requirements: Minimum cGPA 3.5 and 2+ years of study completed (engineering) or 3+ years of study completed (UTSG, UTM, and UTSC students)