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UZH for International Students and Scholars

Services for Visiting Scholars

​The university offers various services to visiting scholars. They are listed below for your information. Usually, the hosting institute or department will take care of the respective arrangements for you (except library and sports association access).

UZH guest and access card

If you are staying for more than two months, your institute at UZH can apply for a UZH guest card in your name. The UZH guest card is a personal badge and non-transferable. It serves as your ID card at university and entitles you to special conditions at UZH cafeterias. It can also serve as an electronic access key. In addition, you can purchase a membership for the Academic Sports Associations Zurich (ASVZ) for a fee. 

If your stay lasts less than two months, your institute at UZH can apply for an access card, which is a non-personalized guest card. This is recommended if you need electronic access to buildings and facilities at UZH and if you regularly use the university's infrastructure.

E-mail account

Having an UZH e-mail account is particularly helpful when you need access to electronical ressources, especially with regard to the UZH libraries. The IT responsible of your institute or seminar can arrange an account for you.


Telephone connections can be arranged for academic guests by request. The application has to be made by the telecommunications delegates of your institute at UZH.


In order to gain access to the university grounds, academic guests can obtain keys for specific university buildings. For some buildings, especially on Irchel Campus, the UZH guest card can also be programmed accordingly to function as a key. Applications have to be directed at the responsible person in your faculty or institute.


Services you need to issue yourself


UZH libraries are often reference libraries open to the public. Electronically they can be accessed by means of authentification via your e-mail account. In addition, a library card can be issued at the counter of all UZH libraries (free of charge). This has do be done in person. In order to receive your library card, fill in the application form and present yourself with a valid ID or passport at any UZH library.

Link to library application form

Overview of UZH libraries

Scanning, printing and copying documents

You can use the UZH Print Plus system in order to scan, print or copy documents. Credit must be topped up in advance to your UZH guest card. We recommend to ask your institute beforehand if they use Print Plus or if they avail of a different printing system. 

Printing Instructions (PDF, 98KB) (PDF, 98 KB)

Academic Sports Association Zurich

As an academic guest, you can request a temporary membership of the Academic Sports Association Zurich (ASVZ) by producing your UZH guest card. You can find information on the application process and applying conditions on the website of the UZH card under ASVZ Eligibility. For the classes and activities on offer, visit the ASVZ website.

ASVZ Eligibility


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