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University of Lausanne

Program Overview 

Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
Culture: Personalized, international
Neighborhood: Picturesque, coastal
Housing: On-campus dormitory
English level: Beginner - intermediate

Once a small school of theology in 1537, the University of Lausanne has developed into a larger institution with over 13,500 students. As the university has grown and diversified, it prides itself in maintaining an international atmosphere. One-fifth of the students and one-third of the faculty are from other countries.

Located on the northern coast of Lake Geneva, the heart of the French-speaking region of Switzerland, Lausanne is a cosmopolitan city that sits on three hills where the north consists of countryside towns and beaches of the lake to the south. This picturesque landscape of the Alps and the lake provide an ideal setting for study. Lausanne embraces a relaxing atmosphere decorated in green space. It is a city that values the quality of life it is full of gardens and parks with accessible public transportation.

With a commitment to sustainability and good quality of life both in the city and on-campus, many students in Lausanne spend their time outside taking lakeside strolls, rollerblading, cycling and simply spending time in the outdoors.

Student Profile

The language program at Lausanne is a great fit for SAF Scholars seeking to enhance their French language skills and engage with students from around the world. Every year, the Lausanne language program welcomes 1,000 students from more than 70 countries. This program diversity affords SAF scholars with more opportunities to engage with a diverse group of students within their classes.

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Program Details

Program Dates by Term Availability

Fall (September – December)

Program Strengths

The Lausanne language program offers SAF Scholars the chance to engage with supportive staff and teachers. The program provides personalized learning spaces where students have a silent space to work and have access to computers. SAF Scholars who might need a helping hand when arriving to the Lausanne are assigned to the Lausanne buddy system. Through the buddy system, a local university student would provide an SAF Scholar with personal assistance from the moment they arrive to the airport through to the check-in process at housing and more.

Number of Classroom Hours Per Week


Number of Levels

A1 – C1; SAF Scholars undergo French language examinations upon their arrival and before beginning French courses to determine their language level.

Elective Courses Offered

French history, French song, French Pronunciation, French novels

Progression or Concurrent Notes

Language only; there are no progression or concurrent options at University of Lausanne.

Housing Type

On-campus dormitory


Meal plan not required

Type of Room

Singles with shared bathroom and living space

Student Life

Co-/Extra-Curricular Opportunities or Programs

SAF Scholars have access to various clubs and organizations through the language program such as film, theater and opera clubs. Additionally, the language program hosts a party every semester for its students to provide students with an additional opportunity to engage with other students from other countries.

Life on Campus

The university of Lausanne is a friendly, international campus. Students are said to be friendly when in and when not in the classroom. Students like to spend their time outdoors. The campus is nestled in a beautiful city where students can marvel at the architecture, museums and the largest lake in Western Europe.
Last Updated: 1/9/19