Universities Information:

ETH Zurich

Name of Institution

ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institution of Technology)

Type of Agreement

World wide- ETH wide Exchange

Download 2016-17 Exchange Fact Sheet here.


ETH Zurich is one of the leading international universities for technology and the natural sciences. It is well-known for its excellent education, ground-breaking fundamental research and for implementing its results directly into practice. Founded in 1855, to researchers, it today offers an inspiring working environment, to students, a comprehensive education. ETH Zurich has more than 18,500 students from over 110 countries, including 4,000 doctoral students. About 500 professors currently teach and conduct research in engineering, architecture, mathematics, natural sciences, system-oriented sciences, and management and social scienceseth_picture1.

ETH Zurich regularly appears at the top of international rankings as one of the best universities in the world. Twenty-one Nobel Laureates have studied, taught or conducted research at ETH Zurich, underlining the excellent reputation of the university.


“Zurich – World class. Swiss made.” the official slogan of the city of Zurich. With 391,000 inhabitants (almost one million in the greater metropolitan area), Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland. While Berne is the political capital, Zurich is considered the business capital: formerly an industrial town, its focus has shifted to commerce. With schools at all levels, eth_picture2theatres, concert halls, museums, art galleries, libraries and bookshops, Zurich is also a centre of cultural importance. Its location by Lake Zurich, surrounded by hills and within easy reach of the Alps and other places of interest, makes Zurich one of the most pleasant cities in the world in which to live. Zurich has excellent air, rail and road connections. EuroCity and InterCity trains from all directions stop at the Central Station (Hauptbahnhof). Within the metropolitan area there is a combined network of public transportation (called Verkehrsverbund) that comprises a rapid suburban railway (the S-Bahn), trams, buses and boats.

Academic Offerings

A complete listing of the university’s academic Bachelor and Master programs can be viewed at: https://www.ethz.ch/en/studies/non-degree-courses/exchange-and-visiting-studies/about-the-study-programmes.html

Courses Taught in English

The languages of instruction at ETH Zurich are German and English. Information about the language of instruction of each course can be found in the university’s course catalogue. Most departments offer some courses in English from the 3rd year of Bachelor, whereas Master courses are mainly in English (exception: Architecture and Civil Engineering). Exchange students may take both Bachelor and Master level courses provided they meet the prerequisites of the selected course.

Student Life

An abundance of services and leisure opportunities make ETH Zurich an attractive place to study and work, providing a rich university life and provide for a diverse, varied student life. About 25,000 people study, teach, carry out research and work at ETH Zurich. That means the university is the same size as a some small towns in Switzerland. And Luftaufnahme ETH Zentrumcampus life is correspondingly varied: in addition to numerous scientific events, the its attractions also include exhibitions, concerts, cinema film showings, sports clubs, “science slams” and big social events like the Polyball, which is well-known far beyond the city. In addition to taking part in cultural, musical or sports activities, students can get involved in the student union VSETH or one of the faculty associations. These opportunities to interact with fellow students from a wide range of disciplines and at different stages of their studies can enhance day-to-day university life now and in the future.

International Students

We offer various welcome events for incoming students as well as daily consulting hours in our student exchange office.


Housing is not guaranteed, but we have usually been able to find accommodation for all overseas exchange students who registered with our Housing Office. Along with the acceptance letter, students will receive information on registering for accommodation*. They should read this information carefully and apply online within the set deadlines. www.wohnen.ethz.ch/index_EN

*Please note that this only applies for students coming within our usual semester dates, e.g. students coming for a research project or thesis should plan their stay accordingly or might have to find housing on their own.

Expected Monthly Expenditures

•General ETH fees: none for exchange students •Study materials (books, chemicals, …): CHF 50 to CHF 100, depending on field of study •Excursions: up to approx. CHF 50 •Room rent: CHF 450 to CHF 850, or more •Food (if using ETH facilities): approx.CHF 425 •Public transport (buses, tramways within the city of Zurich): approx. CHF 55 to 80, depending on age •Health insurance: roughly between CHF 100 and CHF 200 Total approx. CHF 1400 a month Individual expenses, such as clothes, leisure, travel, telephone, etc. are not included. Students should budget approximately CHF 1750 a month.

For more information please visit: : https://www.ethz.ch/en/studies/non-degree-courses/exchange-and-visiting-studies/living-in-zurich.html

Scholarships/Financial Aid Available

We don’t offer a scholarship but students can apply for the Heyning-Roelli-Scholarship.

International Office page

Student Exchanges and Visiting Studies  (general)

Partner Exchange Students

University Homepage


Additional information may be found on the ETH Zurich FAQ