The EPFL is world-renowned and consistently in the top three of world rankings for science and technology institutions.
In 2018, it welcomed 15,300 students, professors and collaborators of more than 120 nationalities.
One of two federal engineering schools in Switzerland, EPFL is active in education, research and technology transfer with a strong Swiss anchor and a resolute international vocation. It covers disciplines ranging from the basic sciences to engineering, architecture and life sciences.
Founded during the second Industrial Revolution with the intent that Switzerland train its own engineers rather than see them go abroad to study, the forerunner of the EPFL, the Ecole Spéciale de Lausanne, was created in 1853.