University of Zürich

Zürich
Switzerland

Language of instruction

English
German

Founded in 1833, the University of Zurich has today become one of the foremost universities in the German-speaking world. In fact, UZH is ranked among the Top 150 universities worldwide. The university’s strong commitment to the highest standards of scientific knowledge and responsible research are the fundaments of excellence in research and teaching.

As Switzerland’s financial capital, Zurich might have a reputation for being a little dull but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Home to Europe’s largest open-air dance party, as many public baths as Istanbul, a flourishing nightlife scene in Züri-West, and a whole lot more to eat than just fondue.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Semester February–July
Semester 2 Autumn Semester August–January

View the UZH academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

UZH has online resources to help get more from your exchange:

Campuses

UZH has multiple campuses available for exchange students:

  • City Campus
  • Oerlikon Campus
  • Irchel Campus
  • Schlieren Campus

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

24 ECTS credits per semester at UZH is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at UZH.

Find courses

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Search the UZH course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Advertising
Business information systems
Economics
Finance
Innovation and entrepreneurship
International business
Marketing
Anthropology
Communication, digital media and PR
International relations
Peace and conflict studies
Political science
Law
German
Linguistics
Biological sciences
Biomedical science
Biotechnology
Environmental studies
Mathematics and statistics
Microbiology
Physics
Postgraduate
Advertising
Business information systems
Economics
Finance
Human resources
Innovation and entrepreneurship
International business
Marketing
Communication, digital media and PR
Peace and conflict studies
Political science
Law
German
Psychology
Biological sciences
Biomedical science
Biotechnology
Environmental studies
Mathematics and statistics
Physics

Course restrictions

Undergraduate level students are not permitted to study postgraduate level courses in the Faculty of Arts at UZH.

Undergraduate level students are permitted to study postgraduate level courses in the Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics at UZH.

MBA students can study on exchange at UZH if their undergraduate degree was related to the field of business and/or economics.

Additional academic information

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Accommodation

The Housing Office at UZH reserves a limited number of rooms for incoming exchange students. The International Relations office provides exchange students with the necessary information about registering online for one of these rooms.

Cost of living

According to UZH, exchange students can expect their minimum cost of living in Zurich to come to CHF 1500 per month. The University has established a guide to living expenses at UZH to help students plan their budget.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

The University of Zurich will offer two scholarships worth CHF 2,5000 each semester of the 2019/20 academic year. Recipients will be chosen by the University of Zurich.

For students going on exchange in the Zurich Autumn Semester (UQ Semester 2), a place at the International Bodensee Hochschule (IBH) Summer School in Constance in August can be offerred. Students will have to first apply to the IBH and then those selected get a refund for the tuition fee and accommodation costs linked to the Summer School (worth about 790 Euros).

The Heyning-Roelli Foundation offers scholarships to exchange students from UZH partner universities with limited financial means.

Insurance

Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

Health insurance is mandatory for anyone staying in Switzerland longer than three months. The compulsory basic health insurance policy covers illness, accidents and maternity.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As UQ Abroad is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

UZH provides visa and immigration information for incoming exchange students.

Contact the Swiss Embassy for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.