University of Zurich

Zürich, Switzerland
The largest university in Switzerland and also a top ranked university among the universities in the world, University of Zurich has a huge number of students. It has more than 26000 students, among them about 15000 are women. The University has 160 Institutes, Seminars and Clinics. There are 7 faculties. The mission is to spread the identity, goals and role of the university in the academic world and in society. There are 12 Nobel prize laureates from this university. Among them the most famous is Albert Einstein. It is the member of a member of the “League of European Research Universities”.



Founded in the year 1833, UZH was Europe's first university to be established by a democratic political system; today, UZH is one of the foremost universities in the German-speaking world.


Made up of seven faculties covering some 100 different subject areas, the University offers a wide variety of Bachelor's, Master's and PhD programs.

The academic excellence of the University of Zurich brings benefits to both the public and the private sectors not only in the Canton of Zurich, but throughout Switzerland. Knowledge is shared in a variety of ways: in addition to granting the general public access to its twelve museums and many of its libraries, the University makes findings from cutting-edge research available to the public in accessible and engaging lecture series and panel discussions.


As a member of the "League of European Research Universities" (LERU), the University of Zurich belongs to Europe's most prestigious research institutions. Numerous distinctions highlight the University's international renown in the fields of medicine, immunology, genetics, neuroscience and structural biology as well as in economics. To date, the Nobel Prize has been conferred on twelve UZH scholars.


At UZH, junior scholars can assume various roles when going through these career steps. In general, the individual phases are linked to some type of employment (for example, a research associate), but often only serve to designate a person's title or academic status. Junior academic positions for PhD candidates and postdocs are by nature temporary. The appointment to a permanent professorship (called a “chair” (Lehrstuhl) at UZH) as an associate or full professor is the final phase in an academic career.

Master's Programmes


Student services

  • Central advisory services of the University
  • Student Advisory Services
  • Psychological Counseling Services
  • Housing Office of University and ETH Zurich
  • Student Financial Aid Office
  • Disability Office
  • Career Services University of Zurich
  • International Scholars Center
  • Office for Gender Equality
  • Funding for Individuals and Projects

Housing services

The University of Zurich neither owns nor rents out any student rooms. In fact, none of the universities in Zurich administrate student accommodation. Housing for students is offered by different institutions that are connected with the University, but operate independently.Since the demand on housing is high, it is important to start looking for accommodation in good time and to explore every possible avenue.The Housing Office of University / ETH Zurich issues an overview of useful addresses, if you’re looking for reasonably priced accommodation as well as accommodation at short notice.Accommodation offers can also be found on the various notice boards in the University buildings and institutes.

Library services

Main Library of the University of ZurichThe Main Library of the University of Zurich specializes in mathematics, science, and medicine and has three sub-libraries:

  • Main Library – Study Center
  • Main Library – Medicine Careum
  • Main Library – Science
Libraries at the Institutes and Faculties
  • Libraries of the Faculty of Theology
  • Library at the Institute of Law

Student Life

Campus life

Public transportation in the city of Zurich is dense and well planned, and residents can get around by bus, streetcar, regional train - even by boat. There is a discount for students under the age of 25. Bicycles are an inexpensive alternative to public transportation.You can find more information about getting around in the city on website of the City of Zurich, where there are maps for pedestrians or cyclists, walking tours, and other information (website in German):

Sports facilities

The Academic Sports Association (ASVZ) has excellent sports facilities. It offers a large range of sports to students of the University of Zurich free of charge.There is also an exceptionally wide range of sports facilities to be found in the city – Zurich offers everything from ice skating to beach volleyball. In summer, the city’s numerous public swimming pools along the river and lake are especially popular.

Other Degrees