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Quick FactsTo 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.
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.
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.
Academic Program & Courses
A guide in English on how to use the course catalogue and the module booking tool is provided on the UZH website. The 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.
Program HousingThe 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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
Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program