Aline Fuchs, student
‘The standard of training in Lausanne is on a par with that provided by the greatest schools.’
Why did you choose to study in Lausanne?
AF | I wanted to study the arts, French literature to be precise. I first chose Lausanne for the excellence of its modern French section and, needless to say, for the magnificent setting in which the UNIL is situated. I was also attracted by its centralised campus with different faculties, which allows students to mix.
What were your first impressions when you arrived in Lausanne?
AF | Very big, very busy, very lively. I used to live in Nyon, so Lausanne was a big city to me.
What and where did you study before starting a course of higher education in Lausanne?
AF | Biology and chemistry at secondary school in Nyon.
If you had to define the study environment in Lausanne in just three words, what would they be?
AF | International, excellence, nature.
Can you tell us about any memorable events you have experienced during your studies?
AF | I took part in the francophone debating world championships in Paris, where I teamed up with Brian Favre, a law student. The competition is held at the Sorbonne and involves contests between forty or so teams of students from all over the French-speaking world. We came away with first prize! That was a really good experience. Although from a little French-speaking country, we saw that our standards are very high and there is no need to envy other people. The standard of training in Lausanne is on a par with that provided by the greatest schools.
What are you planning to do after your studies?
AF | I am due to finish my Master of Arts this summer and I plan to do a second degree in law.
Will you stay in Lausanne after finishing your studies if you have the opportunity to do so?
AF | I would like to go and study law at another Swiss university.
Would you recommend Lausanne as a town in which to start your higher education?
AF | Yes. The special thing about it is that all the faculties are centralised on a campus, so it's easy to meet students who are following completely different career paths. The setting is magnificent and the social scene is very lively.
And your fondest memory of Lausanne?
AF | The first time I walked to the university by following the path alongside the lake. It was very calm and peaceful.
Interview conducted by | Tom Crawford