University of Lausanne

Student Services and Facilities

Student jobs

  • Students may work for up to 15 hours a week within the Zurich district. 

Disability support

  • Access to buildings by ramp, lift, and same-level access, as well as electronically operated doors.

Students' Union

  • UNIL has developed an international strategy to support of commitment to internationalisation. 
  • French language courses are offered to international students.
  • The University participates in Erasmus, as well as the Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP) for European teachers and students.
  • The SU offers detailed guidance on how to register, budgeting, what to do on arrival, working, accommodation, etc. Check on the University’s website.


  • The University of Lausanne (UNIL) was founded in 1537 as a School of Theology.
  • Following an increase and diversification in the number of faculties, it became a university in 1890.
  • From 1970, the UNIL moved progressively from the old centre of Lausanne, around the cathedral and chateau, to its present site at Dorigny.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Bhumibol Adulyadej (King of Thailand).
  • Claude Nicollier (First Swiss astronaut).
  • Sepp Blatter (President of FIFA).
  • Ernest Ansermet (Swiss conductor).


University of Lausanne , CH-1015 , Lausanne , Switzerland