University of Lausanne

The University of Lausanne (UNIL; French: Université de Lausanne) in Lausanne, Switzerland was founded in 1537 as a school of theology, before being made a university in 1890. The university is the second oldest in Switzerland, and one of the oldest universities in the world to be in continuous operation. As of fall 2017, about 15,000 students and 3,300 employees study and work at the university. Approximately 1,500 international students attend the university (120 nationalities), which has a wide curriculum including exchange programs with world-renowned universities.

University of Lausanne
Université de Lausanne
Latin: Schola Lausannensis
MottoLe savoir vivant
Motto in English
Live knowledge
TypePublic university
Established1537; 484 years ago (1537)
RectorFrédéric Herman (since August 2021)
Administrative staff
3,700 (2014)
Students13,500 (2014)
Undergraduates8,066 (2010)
Postgraduates1,370 (2010)
1,583 (2010)
Université de Lausanne, 1015 Lausanne, Suisse
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46°31′21″N 6°34′46″E
AffiliationsEUA, AUF, UNICA

Since 2005, the university follows the requirements of the Bologna process. The 2011 Times Higher Education World University Rankings[1] ranked the University of Lausanne 116th globally. The CWTS Leiden Ranking 2015 ranks the University of Lausanne 11th in Europe and 41st globally, out of 750 universities.[2]

Together with the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) the university forms a vast campus at the shores of Lake Geneva.