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Université de Lausanne
Fall, Spring, or Academic Year
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.
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.
- Open to ALL majors
- Minimum 3.0 GPA
- MUST take four semesters of French, up to the 202 level
- Attend TAMU for at least one semester prior to application
- Junior or Senior classification preferred, can be Sophomore at the time of application
- Provide 2 letters of recommendation
- Provide official TAMU transcript
- Must attend ALL program-specific orientations
Most students primarily take French language and culture courses in the School of French as a Foreign Language (EFLE)
. 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.
- Theology and Religious Studies
- Social and Political Sciences
- Business and Economics
- Geosciences and Environment
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.
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 - billed to University Account
|Texas A&M Tuition & Fees
|Exchange Program Administrative Fee
|Accommodations & Meals
|Estimated Additional Expenses - paid pre-departure or in-country
|Textbooks, Supplies, Visa (if needed), Passport, Misc.
|Total Estimated Cost
|Texas A&M Semester Cost
*Tuition & Fee rates vary depending on course load and residency status.
Funding is available in many forms. For complete information on funding opportunities, please visit the Study Abroad Programs Office website here:http://studyabroad.tamu.edu/funding
or visit for walk-in advising.
College Station Students Only: The Scholarships and Financial Aid office offers scholarship programs. These scholarships are based on merit and/or financial need. For more information and to access the application, visit:https://sfaid.tamu.edu/uwideapp/#Program13
Federal and state financial aid and some scholarships may often be used toward the cost of TAMU study abroad programs. Students can contact the program's respective study abroad advisor (listed above) to obtain a copy of the program-specific Financial Aid Request Form. Students should schedule a meeting with a financial aid advisor to discuss their award package and disbursement of financial aid as it relates to the courses and the program fee due dates. Link to the Scholarship & Financial Aid Office:http://financialaid.tamu.edu/
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 Program Participant