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

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Student testimonials

  • B Business Management/Arts
    Semester 2, 2018
    A once in a lifetime opportunity that enabled me to go to a beautiful country, study some fascinating subjects and meet people who are now some of my closest friends.
  • B International Studies
    Semester 1, 2018

Full-time study load

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

Minimum academic requirements

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

Language
Students wishing to take courses taught in German will require proof of proficiency in German at about level C1 (according to CEFR) issued by the Goethe Institute or the UQ School of Languages (by a native speaker).

Study Options
Not applicable to this university. However, you will usually be expected to take the majority of courses (60%) within a single faculty. However, please review the numerous course restrictions outlined below. 

Other Requirements

  • Law students: If taking courses in the Law Faculty at UZH, you will need to have completed 2 years of study at UQ before arrival at UZH.
  • MBA students: must show proof of an undergraduate degree related to the field of business and/or economics to be eligible. 

Find courses

Search the UZH course catalogue

Ensure you search for the correct level of courses - see "Additional Academic Information" below for more detail.

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. 
You must still check the host university course catalogue to see if courses from the Credit Precedent Database are still on offer and in the correct semester of your exchange.

Study areas taught in English

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

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Accommodation

The Housing Office at UZH provides advice regarding accommodation options for incoming exchange students. The International Relations office provides exchange students with the necessary information about how to access these supports.

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 2 semester stipends amounting to CHF 2,500 each for students coming to UZH during the academic year 2022/23. Recipients will be chosen by the University of Zurich.

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

Insurance

Students approved to participate in a Semester-based Exchange 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

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (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 the Global Experiences team 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 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, experiences to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice, and sign up to receive updates for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)