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A&M University Wide Exchange: Universite de Lausanne, Switzerland
Lausanne, Switzerland (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
Homepage: Click to visit
Approved Course Equivalencies Click here to view
Who Can Apply: Texas A&M University applicants only
Texas A&M Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year
Texas A&M
Application Deadline
Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2017 03/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2017-2018 03/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of approval to participate in this program and be able to complete post-decision (pre-departure) items prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Texas A&M Reciprocal Educational Exchange Program
Academic Area:
Foreign Language - French, Liberal Arts - International Studies
Academic College: Any
Minimum GPA:
3.0
Language courses available:
Yes
Language requirement:
Yes
Language of instruction:
French
Program Advisor:
Bianca Cusimano, Katy Lane
Housing: Dormitory
Open to non-majors:
Yes
Classification: Grad Student, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
REEP Program Type:
University Wide Exchange
Program Description:
Université de Lausanne

The Université de Lausanne (UNIL), established in 1537 is proudly known as one of the first-rate universities in Europe. UNIL is a modern institution of higher education and advanced research which constitutes an ideal center for an exchange of ideas between faculty and their students, including close to 3,000 international students.
Fun in the Snow
 
Location

Situated on Lake Geneva in Lausanne, the Université de Lausanne enjoys a location at the heart of the French-speaking region of Switzerland, with France on one side and the Jura mountains in the distance. Lausanne, only 31 miles from Geneva, is one of Switzerland’s largest cities. It lies in the middle of a wine-growing region, is home of the International Olympic Committee and has a 28-station metro system for easy travel anywhere in Europe.


 
Eligibility Requirements
  • This program is open to all majors.
  • Students must have taken four semesters of college French, up to the 202 level, and achieved proficiency in both written and spoken French.
  • Be a TAMU student for at least one semester prior to application
  • Attend TAMU for at least one full semester after the exchange
  • Have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Have a minimum Junior classification by beginning of exchange; can be a Sophomore at the time of application
  • Provide 2 letters of recommendation from Texas A&M faculty members (forms within application)
  • Provide official transcripts from all college-level institutions attended
 Students can choose to study abroad during
  • Fall Semester (September to December)
  • Spring Semester  (February to June)
  • Academic year (September to June)
Courses

Most students primarily take French language and culture courses in the School of French as a Foreign Language. Students can browse course offerings through the course database or by department catalogue. There are a limited number of courses taught in English with the vast majority of them being in Master’s programs not open to exchange students. During your stay at UNIL, exchange students may: 
  • Study French full-time during the academic year/spring semester
  • Study French part-time and attend regular courses taught in French or the very limited selection of courses taught in  English
Of the colleges at UNIL, six of them are open for exchange students to take courses that are taught in French.
 
Housing

Housing is off campus. Exchange students are housed in residences managed by Lausanne Homes for Students Foundation (FMEL)  located around the city. Students pay Texas A&M housing and meal plan fees and receive a housing and meal stipend at UNIL in return. Some of the residence hall amenities include:
  • Students typically have a shared apartment with up to five roommates from around the world.
  • Apartments include individual private room, shared communal areas such as a bathroom, kitchen and living room.
  • It is possible that a shared apartment may be co-ed, but not in the same individual private room.
  • Due to the fact that some students are graduate level students, your flat mates could be your age or up to 30 years or so.
  • All rooms have Wi-Fi Connection.
  • Bedding is not included, but can be rented for 20 CHF per month or bought at a local store
  • Students are either within walking distance, biking distance, or near public transportation to the university.
     
Costs

One of the benefits of participating in a reciprocal exchange is their affordability. Overall costs are comparable to studying in College Station with the main difference in costs coming from travel related expenses and the exchange rate. Please keep in mind that because you are enrolled at A&M, your regular tuition and fees will be paid at A&M just as if you were taking classes on campus. Additionally, students will be provided with the necessary information for them to make arrangements for all other expenses.

 

Estimated Fees Paid to Texas A&M
A&M Tuition & Fees $5,000
REEP Administrative Fee $300
Accommodations & Meal Plan $4,400
Estimated Additional Expenses (pre-departure or on-site)
International Airfare $1,200
Misc. Expenses, Books & Supplies $2,550
Personal Spending $2,000+
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST $15,450+
Texas A&M Semester Cost  $13,636+

As soon as you decide to participate in a study abroad program, you will want to look into the funding available. Texas A&M Scholarships designated specifically for study abroad include: The Study Abroad Fellowship and the International Education Fee Scholarship. Also, many academic colleges and departments offer scholarships for students studying abroad. Additional information can be found at the Study Abroad Programs Office Funding webpage.
 
Thoughts from a Former Exchange Student

“People ask all the time, ‘How was Switzerland?’ Usually I sort of laugh and look up in space while memories flash rampantly in my head: the way you arrive and you don’t even know how to get out of the train station, and when you stare out the window on your bus ride to leave for good, how every intersection in the city has a dear, unforgettable, sad or happy part of your life forever on it. I was very lucky. I was too lucky. In one year I would have never thought that I would make the best friends of my life, and how can I share that with my friends here?”
 
Former Texas A&M Exchange Stude
 
Contacts

For more information about the exchange program to Universite de Lausanne, contact Bianca Cusimano in the Study Abroad Programs Office.