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Université de Lausanne
Lausanne, Switzerland
Program Terms: Academic Year,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
Exchange / Direct Enroll
 Minimum GPA:
 Language of Instruction:
 Housing Options:
Residence hall or dormitory
Program Description:

About the University

Founded in 1537 , the University of Lausanne (UNIL) has about 11,000 students. The UNIL campus is spread across three locations, the largest of which is on the shores of Lake Geneva/Lac Léman. This setting, with its views of the Alps and the lake, is thought by many to be among the most beautiful places in Europe.

Click here for helpful insight into the experience of living in Switzerland and studying at UNIL.

About the city

Lausanne is situated at the heart of the French-speaking region of Switzerland. It has a population of 130,000 and is located about 50 miles from Geneva. Lausanne is a lively city, hosting several universities and the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee. Public transportation includes a bus system, a metro system, and boats.


  • Cumulative GPA of 3.00

  • Level of French proficiency required depends on intended academic program (see below)

  • Participation may be denied, or acceptance may be revoked, if a student's conduct prior to departure raises doubts as to his or her suitability for the program.

  • Robins School of Business students may transfer back credit from only one (1) business course taken while enrolled on this program to count towards their business degree.  Specific course approval must be given by Dr. Tom Cossé.  RSB students may transfer courses back from non-business subjects to count towards any non-business majors/minors and general education requirements (pending departmental approval) and towards the total units needed for graduation.


Exchange students have multiple academic options at the Université de Lausanne. Before applying to this program, students must identify (a) which option they will follow and (b) which specific classes they would like to take while in Switzerland.

  • Study French full-time for the academic year or spring semester at the School of French as a Foreign Language. (Discuss level of French required with Office of International Programs Advisor for Switzerland.)
  • Attend regular university courses taught in French. Students taking this option must have completed at least six semesters of college-level French (including two classes at the 300 level) prior to departure
  • Attend regular university courses taught in English (limited selection).  Click here to search for UNIL courses by language of instruction (be sure to specify "Bachelor" under "Levels").
  • If you aren't sure that you have the level of French that you would need to take regular university courses at UNIL, consider this:  Some students go there for a year, taking intensive French in the fall semester and, with this preparation, they are then able to take regular university courses in the spring.

Lausanne credits and UR units

Courses at Lausanne are are assigned credit according to the ECTS system. Read about ECTS Unit Conversion to find the minimum and maximum number of credits you should take at Lausanne.

Please see this page on the website of the Registrar for an explanation of how academic credit earned abroad is converted to UR units.

Grade scale

UNIL uses a six-point scale, with 6 the highest grade and 0 the lowest.  4 is the minimum passing score.


UNIL grade UR equivalent
6 A
5.5 B+
5 B
4.5 C+
4 C
3.5 C-
3 D+
2.5 D
2 - 0 F


Dates and Costs

Click this link to see Lausanne Dates & Costs.

Click here to read about study abroad scholarships from UR and here for info on additional funding from other sources.

NOTE:  Travel allowances, reimbursements, health insurance premiums and other payments above tuition costs paid by Richmond on behalf of its semester and year abroad students are available only to Richmond degree-seeking students accepted to participate on UR-affiliated abroad programs.


Students have a variety of housing options, which they choose themselves; visit this site for details. Meal arrangements vary with the housing chosen, but most Lausanne students do their own shopping and cooking.


Citizens of the US will need a student visa to study in Switzerland. Visit the website of the Swiss Embassy in Washington DC for details.

For more information

Contact Chris Klein in the Office of International Education.

This document represents the most accurate information available at the time of publication. Statements contained herein are not contractual obligations, and verbal or other representations that are inconsistent with or not contained within the document are not binding. The University of Richmond reserves the right to change without specific notice programs and the conditions under which they are offered.

Updated August 2014

This program is currently not accepting applications.