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UZH for International Students and Scholars

Exchange within Europe


Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP)

UZH maintains some 460 exchange agreements in 50 subjects with over 200 partner universities throughout Europe. Students at these partner universities can study one or two semesters at UZH within the framework of the Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP), formerly Erasmus: an exchange through SEMP must be a minimum of 2, and a maximum of 12 months.

Beside exchange opportunities within subject-specific exchange agreements there is the option to study at UZH via a non-subject-specific agreement. This option is available to students provided that an exchange agreement in their subject does not exist.

Background information on the SEMP-Program and why Switzerland no longer participates in Erasmus can be found here.

Language of Instruction

The main language of instruction at UZH is German. In many fields of study there is a range of courses held in English. Philologies are usually taught in the respective language. Please ask the departmental coordinator in your field of study about the language of instruction and respective requirements.

List of departmental coordinators

Tuition Fees

Students coming to UZH with the Swiss-European Mobility Programme stay enrolled at their home university. They are not charged a tuition fee for UZH.

Learning Agreement

Before your student exchange at UZH begins, you need to prepare a Learning Agreement to hand in at your home university. This document serves to establish the recognition of credits you earn at UZH by your home university.

SEMP Information Sheet and Template for the Learning Agreement (DOC, 91 KB)

UZH Course Catalogue


Your application for an exchange in the frame of the Swiss-European Mobility Programme is also an application for a grant financed by the Swiss Confederation. However, your acceptance as an exchange student at UZH is no guarantee that you will receive such a grant.

Students in this program who choose an environmentally friendly mode of transportation are also eligible to apply for the Green Travel Top-Up.

Requirements and Application

Find out what the requirements are for an exchange stay at UZH and how to apply here.

Weiterführende Informationen

Contact for Exchange and Visiting Students, and for Traineeships

Exchange opportunities in a mobility program and opportunities for visiting students:
Global Student Experience
University of Zurich
Raemistrasse 71
CH-8006 Zurich
Opening hours: Mon–Fri, 09:30–12:30