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UZH for International Students and Scholars

Study at UZH

Join us in Zurich - become part of a vibrant, international student community!

Studying at the University of Zurich (UZH) means developing independent and critical thinking skills, welcoming new and unfamiliar ways of looking at the world, and learning how to generate new ideas, test new procedures, and gain fresh insight.

Students, and PhD candidates find ideal conditions at UZH to achieve their potential.

  • The largest and most comprehensive offer of Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs in Switzerland, with over 100 different major subjects and flexible program design
  • Outstanding libraries and study centers
  • State-of-the-art teaching methods
  • Student advisory and career services
  • Attractive PhD programs
  • In-house research fund to promote talented junior academics

Doctoral Programs

Did you know that Albert Einstein earned his doctorate at UZH? Follow his footsteps and discover the opportunities to complete your doctorate at UZH. We offer attractive doctoral programs and, with our Graduate Campus, offer a central and cross-faculty platform to support doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers.

Doctoral Programs

First Steps to a PhD

Admission and Application

Health insurance for PhD candidates

Funding opportunities for PhD candidates

Further information for PhD candidates

Master's Study Programs

As a research university, UZH is committed to inspiring, research-based teaching. Our Master's degree study programs provide in-depth knowledge in fields such as banking & finance, bioinformatics, quantitative earth sciences and others, for tomorrow's global leaders and change-makers. The main language of instruction for most Master's study programs is either German or English. For some programs in language and literature, it can also be French, Italian, or Spanish.

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Master's Study Programs

Language Requirements

Application and Admission

Bachelor's Study Programs

UZH offers more than 60 study programs for undergraduates, ranging from astrophysics and business administration to social anthropolgy and theology. The main language of instruction for all Bachelor's degree programs is German.

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Bachelor's Study Programs

Language Requirements

Application and Admission

Curious? Listen to our students' stories and find out more about student life at UZH.

Tuition Fees and Living Expenses

How much does it cost to study at UZH?

Find information about our tuition fees, living expenses in Zurich, and ways to finance your studies on the following websites:

Fees and contributions

Finances and living expenses

Visa, Entry and Residence Permit

For detailed information on what you need to take into account before travelling to Switzerland, please refer to the following websites:

International Students - Entry and Residence

FAQ for international students and scholars

Information for Refugees

The University of Zurich wants to help refugees gain access to university education. The Coordination Office Explore at Global Affairs is responsible for coordinating the various services available. For more information visit

Weiterführende Informationen

Einstein's Doctorate at UZH

Zurich played an important role in the scientific career of Albert Einstein– he was a student here, and in 1905 submitted his dissertation to the University of Zurich. Einstein’s doctoral certificate has now returned to the university and is on permanent display. 

FAQ for International Students and Scholars

Further information

Find links to further information on the following websites: