Dating from the foundation of the Academy in 1537, the University of Lausanne, together with the Federal Polytechnic of Lausanne, now forms a vast campus devoted to teaching and research, whose influence extends far beyond the frontiers of Switzerland.
The University of Lausanne is composed of 7 Faculties (theology, law, arts, social and political science, economics and business administration, earth sciences and environment, and also biology and medicine) where approximately 10.000 students and 2.200 researchers work and study. Emphasis is placed on an interdisciplinary approach and there is close cooperation between students, professors and teaching staff.
The University of Lausanne is spread over three sites, the biggest of which is at Dorigny on the shores of Lake Leman. This magnificent location, formerly a mixture of farmland and woods, once inspired Peter Brueghel the elder to paint his masterpiece "The Harvesters". Today, this peaceful green landscape with its views of the Alps and the lake, provides the ideal setting for both study and relaxation, and it is here that are located 6 of the 7 University Faculties (theology, law, arts, social and political science, economics and business administration, and earth sciences and environment).
The second site is in the Bugnon district of Lausanne where some departments and research centres of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine work in close collaboration with the nearby major hospitals of the region.
A third pole of activity is at Epalinges in the Jorat region north of Lausanne where the Institute of Biochemistry is established at the Boveresses Research Centre, in close proximity to the Swiss Institute of Experimental Research on Cancer (ISREC) and the Ludwig Institute of Cancer Research.
The University of Lausanne enjoys a favourable location at the heart ot the French-speaking region of Switzerland, and pursues an active policy of collaboraton at various levels;
at local and state (cantonal) level where the university is associated with many well- known research institutes;
in the lemanic region, where the university is at present working on a project of development and cooperation with the University of Geneva and the Federal Polytechnic of Lausanne (this is in addition to existing and long-established examples of cooperation);
at regional and national level the University of Lausanne is in close collaboration with all the Swiss centres of higher education, and participates in many federal projects. With the Azur Triangle, the University of Lausanne also works in close collaboration with the University of Geneva and the University of Neuchâtel;
at a European and international level the University of Lausanne takes part in numerous academic programmes and networks, aimed at developing scientific collaboration beyond the frontiers of Switzerland.
Up-to-date, well-equipped, and at the forefront of the latest technological developments the University of Lausanne constitutes an ideal centre for an exchange of ideas leading to intellectual, scientific, and economic progress.
Lausanne welcomes you to one of the most pleasant and stimulating university campuses in Switzerland.