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This is the program brochure page.
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description


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Quick Facts

To receive priority consideration for this program, spring applications should be completed by August 1st. If space permits, applications will continue to be accepted through the posted application deadline.
  • With its 26,000 enrolled students, the University of Zurich (UZH) is Switzerland's largest university.
  • 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. In addition, UZH's continuing education programs offer excellent learning opportunities.
  • As a member of the "League of European Research Universities" (LERU), the University of Zurich belongs to Europe's most prestigious research institutions.
  • To date, the Nobel Prize has been conferred on twelve UZH scholars.

Recent Rankings:

2013:  University Ranked 60 in the Academic Ranking of World Universities
2013:  Business School Ranked 15 in SSRN Top 1000 International Business Schools
2013:  Economics Dept. Ranked 25 in Global Research Universities Profiles

Starting Spring 2020, this exchange is closed to new applicants.


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Location Details

Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland with more than 1.8 million inhabitants, and is the capital of the canton of Zurich. It is located in north-central Switzerland at the northwestern tip of Lake Zurich. Zurich is a hub for railways, roads, and air traffic.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa* in order to participate in this program. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.


Academic Program & Courses

A guide in English on how to use the course catalogue and the module booking tool is provided on the UZH websiteThe course catalogue provides important information about the course, including general course descriptions, course dates, class rooms and exam dates.

Seminars are modules with a limited number of participants and special entry requirements. Students should always check the course catalogue and the website of the professor for more information. Students should book modules according to their level of studies.

Students may choose to enroll in two courses offered by other faculties or ETH. Information on the module booking tool, the module booking period and more useful information about the process is available here.

Credit & Grade Conversion Scale

Click Here to view how credits and grades at the University of Zurich will convert to ASU credits and grades.
UZH uses the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). 1 ECTS credit is equivalent to a workload of 30 hours
(including attendance in courses, self-study, preparing for and taking examinations). Full-time studies correspond to 30 ECTS credits per semester.

The grading scale ranges from 1 to 6, where 6 represents the highest grade and 4 the pass mark.

Modules may consist of a combination of courses, such as a lecture and a discussion group. The required workload is made up of the time spent in class as well as time spent in self-study (reading, preparing for an exam, writing a paper). The UZH faculties are free to design their modules within the university’s guidelines. This means the individual faculties decide on how many ECTS credits are awarded for a given module.

Students can participate in an intensive German course that takes place two weeks before the beginning of the semester. Other courses are offered during the semester. The application deadlines are binding and an the number of participants is limited. 

*Applicants for fall semester programs should be aware that they will return back to the U.S. before the session ends at the University of Zurich. As a result, students should expect to arrange proctored exams at ASU after their return. Course availability may be limited in the fall semester to accommodate this calendar.

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Program Housing

The University of Zurich does not provide on campus student dormitories. However, the International Relations Office may be able to help students find accommodation. Students can find other useful addresses at

The following agencies also help students find accommodation:
- Housing Office of the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich 
- Woko Student Housing Cooperative

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. 

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. 

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

Exchange program participants will pay ASU tuition and fees for the term of the Exchange program, according to the individual student's classification and degree level. In addition to ASU tuition and fees, participants are also responsible for paying the following fees:

  • $50 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • $400 Administrative Fee (non-refundable)
  • Carbon Offset Fee*
  • International Travel Service Fee (Including Insurance)*
All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Spring Semester Cost Sheet or the Academic Year Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

*The actual amount of the International Travel Service Fee charged to each student depends on the program duration and the Carbon Offset Fee will increase annually (in July) by approximately $2.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet, Spring Semester Cost Sheet or the Academic Year Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program



Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.