Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) As a civil engineer you not only participate in the design, planning, and execution of infrastructures but also in their maintenance and use. Depending on the scope of the project, one and the same person can be entrusted with all of these tasks or they can be shared out as team work.
One of your tasks consists of defining the size of the work. As the case may be, you will succeed thanks to statics (the calculation of stresses in a structure), your expertise in the behavior of materials (resistance and deformability), your knowledge of geotechnology (soil characteristics), of hydraulics, or in the field or energy or transportation. Work, which increasingly relies on computer modeling tools. Besides gaining expertise in the primary building techniques, you must also demonstrate your creativity, in order to offer solutions which are able to gain the broadest possible support for your projects.
Program Presentation BSc (180 ECTS credits)
The training in basic sciences (mathematics and physics) is spread out over the three years of the BSc, thus allowing you to tackle a good number of specific civil-engineering classes even in the first year (statics, geology, structures, materials). The second and third years include classes in soil and fluid mechanics, structures (concrete, metal, etc.), hydraulics, ending with a first project applying and synthesizing your knowledge.
Deadlines: Applications can be filled online from end of January to the 30th of April.
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland