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Study in Lausanne

By Julia G

Updated June 30, 2022 Updated June 30, 2022

QS Best Student Cities ranking: =19th

Lausanne is the fourth-largest city in Switzerland by population, and is in one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country. Located on the shores of the beautiful Lake Geneva and with the Jura Mountains to the north-west, Lausanne is certainly a scenic place to be a student.

Lausanne is a hub of international sport, home to the International Olympic Committee, the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and around 55 other international sporting associations. Sporty students can enjoy watersports on nearby Lake Geneva, mountaineering and winter sports in the neighbouring mountains, as well as cycling, with popular routes taking you through local vineyards.

The city is also a cultural hotspot, with 46 buildings or sites listed as Swiss heritage sites of national significance, including Lausanne Cathedral, the Casino de Montbenon, Olympic Museum and Fondation de l'Hermitage. There are also numerous museums with subjects ranging from art to zoology -- suffice to say, it'll be hard to get bored as a student in Lausanne!

Internationally ranked universities in Lausanne

World Rank Institution
=16 EPFL
=203 University of Lausanne

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EPFL (=16th)



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This article was originally published in July 2021 . It was last updated in June 2022

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Julia is the Assistant Editor for TopUniversities, publishing articles for students and graduates across the world. A native Londoner, she holds an MSc in Marketing Strategy & Innovation from Cass Business School and a BA in Classical Studies & English from Newcastle University.

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