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Emergency Contacts

  • Police - 117
  • Ambulance - 144
  • Fire - 118
  • Pepperdine Public Safety - 1 (310) 506-4441
  • Pan European Emergencies - 112
  • Maison du Lac - 021 321 0909
  • Director Ezra Plank - 076 422 2537
  • Asst. Director Mark Barneche - 076 418 2125
  • Visiting Faculty - 078 830 0112


For after hours and weekends medical care.

+41 21 314 90 90 

Voie-du-Chariot 4 Lausanne, VD, 1007, Switzerland

Monday - Saturday: 07h00 - 21h00
Sunday and public holidays: 10h00 - 21h00


Dr. Laurent Lob

Click HERE to schedule an appointment.

Av. de la Gare 10, Lausanne, VD, 1003

*Please note that in Switzerland, if you fail to appear to a scheduled doctor's appointment, you will be charged.


If you are seriously ill and believe your ability to attend class is impaired, please email the program assistant (karine.grivet@pepperdine.edu) as soon as possible with a description of your illness and what classes you might potentially miss.


All absences, despite the circumstances, totaling more than one hour in a 1 unit class, three hours in a 3 unit class, and four hours in any 4 unit class, automatically lower the final grade by one half of a letter grade (i.e., from an A- to a B+). Each successive absence will in turn lower the grade by an additional one half of a letter grade.


4 partial misses, regardless of how little the time portion is, count as 1 absence.

 Physical Fitness

Sports and Fitness

Lausanne is the world's Olympic capital and hosts the International Olympic Committee headquarters (IOC) and numerous other world sporting federations. Because of this close association, sports and fitness are woven into the culture of our city. While you are here, take advantage of this unique part of Lausanne's history by going the Olympic Museum or by taking advantage of the scenic running trails along the lake. Below you will find resources for local gyms, running trails, and team sports.

Olympic Museum/Musee Olympique, Quai d'Ouchy 1, 1006 Lausanne
The official Olympic Museum, located right on the shores of Lac Léman.
W: www.olympic.org/museum
T: 021 621 65 11

Gym Membership

Lausanne students may sign up for a 3 month gym membership at Let's Go, a local fitness center chain. You must register with Karine at the beginning of the year to sign up for a membership. All students with memberships will be required to pay their gym membership fee for the semester using the product link below or by paying 240 CHF in cash to the front office. Students without memberships should not purchase the product below. Gym vouchers can also be purchased for 15 CHF. These vouchers can be used for one visit to any Let's Go gym the student chooses.

  • Semester Gym Membership at Let's Go Gym: CHF 258.00
  • Gym Voucher (1 voucher): purchase this voucher for one trip to Let's Go: CHF 15.70
  • Gym Voucher (Set of 5 vouchers): purchase this set of vouchers for 5 trips to Let's Go: CHF 78.00

Local Gyms


W: www.letsgo-fit.ch Location: Several


W: www.keops.ch Location: Ch. du Martinet 28 CH - 1007 Lausanne


W: http://www.fitnesspark.ch/malley Location: Chemin du Viaduc 1 - 1008 Prilly

Running Routes

The Pepperdine Splashdown (4.47KM)

The Tower Assault (9 KM)

St. Sulpice Chapel Run (13KM)


Downhill Skiing

Love to ski? You've come to the right country! Skiing is more than just a sport in Switzerland, it's way of life. During ski season, many trains will be outfitted with ski racks and many lifts can be accessed directly from the train platform. Here's some information for just a few of our favorite local ski destinations:

Leysin, Switzerland
Villars, Switzerland
Verbier, Switzerland
Champery, Switzerland
Chamonix, France


Windsurfing, Kayaking, Sailing

The recreation center at the University of Lausanne (UNIL) gives lessons and rents equipment by the hour down in the Vidy area of the lake. The service is available from April to November. For more information, contact mark.barneche@pepperdine.edu

Horseback Riding

There is an equestrian center where you can take riding lessons just outside of Lausanne which is easily accessed by métro. The staff only speaks French, so it is a great opportunity to use your language skills. It costs about 33 CHF/hour and once you show you are able to ride, you can go on the trails. It is best to call ahead for an appointment. Only cash excepted. For a map to the location, click here. Call +41 21 784 14 34 for an appointment/more details.

Snowshoeing, Cross Country Skiing, and Sledding

In the winter, Lausanne has a great place to get out in nature and do some mild winter activities: an area is called Chalet-à-Gobet, just north of Lausanne. Unless you have your own equipment, you can rent sporting equipment at any "magasin de sport" in Lausanne prior to going to Chalet-à-Gobet. For snowshoes, you can rent equipment from Pepperdine Lausanne Alpine Outfitters Shop.

Downhill Skiing

Love to ski? You've come to the right country! Skiing is more than just a sport in Switzerland, it's way of life. During ski season, many trains will be outfitted with ski racks and many lifts can be accessed directly from the train platform. Here's some information for just a few of our favorite local ski destinations:

Bike Rentals

Anyone can check out bikes and helmets at no cost at Lausanne Roule (though a donation is appreciated). The website is: www.lausanneroule.ch. It is just 10 minutes walk from Maison du Lac, down in the Flon next to the Ochsner Sporting Goods store. Lausanne Roule is open 8:00am to 9:00pm, year-round.

Lausanne Roule is a non-profit association based on sustainable development, social integration and health. Some of the people that work there are asylum seekers following an occupation program. It is wonderful to bike down along the lake and up in the vineyards toward Montreux! Obtain map of bike routes around Lausanne from Tourist info at train station! The bikes all have baskets on them for carrying things. You must show an ID (driver's license is fine) and leave a 20 CHF deposit, which is returned to you when you return the bike.

Sporting Events


When: Every October

Where: Across Lausanne

Click HERE for more info.


When: Season runs from September to February

Where: CIG de Malley Arena

Click HERE for ticket info.


When: Every July

Where: Stade Olympique de la Pontaise

Click HERE for more information.

 Mental Health

Studying and living abroad is an exciting adventure but it also comes with its own set of challenges. Often students may struggle with the transition of being in a new country, the changes to routine and daily life, being far from support networks back home, and managing the stress of juggling the academic, social, and personal demands of such a transformative year.

Feelings such as depression, anxiety, loneliness, disappointment, and confusion can emerge, and previous emotional and mental health struggles may re-emerge as well. The time abroad can feel quite tough for many students, and counseling is one way that students can be supported during their stay in Lausanne.

The counseling service is:

- free

- confidential

Counseling services are available on campus on alternating Wednesdays. To schedule an appointment or to find out more, contact the counselor, Julianna Dragos.

Julianna is a professional counselor and accredited by SGfB (the Swiss Association for Counseling) and a member of the American Counseling Association. She is a native Californian and has worked as a counselor in California and in Switzerland in university and residential settings since 2008.


Lausanne Program Contact

Pepperdine University
Av. Marc Dufour 15
CH-1007 Lausanne

Office Phone: 011-41-21-321-0996
Office Phone: 011-41-21-321-0909
Fax: 011-41-21-321-0908