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University of Zurich

4.0 out of 5 (18 ratings / 11 reviews) Zürich (Kreis 1), Switzerland
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. 

Bachelor's programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (6)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Medicine & Health (1)

About

History

The University of Zurich, the largest university in Switzerland ,was founded in 1833 as the first university in Europe by a democratic state and is today one of the best universities in the German-speaking world. Seven faculties offer a wide range of study opportunities at undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level. In addition, UZH has a wide-ranging training portfolio.

Education

From MAS courses of study over several years with renowned international institutions to individual day courses: all of the courses on offer meet the University of Zurich's highest quality standards.

Continuing education at the University of Zurich is more than imparting knowledge: it is knowledge exchange. Participants of our courses integrate new techniques, models and methods, based on true-to-life examples and exercises, into their professional lives. We offer high-quality education of academic standards by continuously comparing ourselves with national and international universities and universities of applied sciences as well as by selecting academically educated and committed lecturers.

Research

The University of Zurich is a member of the League of European Research Universities and one of the leading basic research institutions in Europe. The University of Zurich is leading house at three National Centers of Competence in Research and is a partner in numerous others. The Clinical Research Priority Programs are a part of the University's efforts to promote strategic areas of research in University Medicine and to support junior scholars. Researchers at the University of Zurich have access to state-of-the-art technology platforms and highly qualified personnel. 

Career

UZH recruits outstanding scholars for professorial appointments and offers first-rate conditions. The University is particularly committed to supporting junior scholars from an early stage and provides them with favorable conditions for their future academic career.

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2020
76 2
2019
78 -5
2018
73
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2020
-
2019
90 46
2018
136
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2019
-
2018
54 4
2017
58
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2020
-
2019
61 -2
2018
59
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Services

Student services

  • Central advisory services of the University
  • Student Advisory Services
  • Psychological Counseling Services
  • Housing Office of University and ETH Zurich
  • Student Financial Aid Office
  • Disability Office
  • Career Services University of Zurich
  • International Scholars Center
  • Office for Gender Equality
  • Funding for Individuals and Projects

Housing services

The University of Zurich neither owns nor rents out any student rooms. In fact, none of the universities in Zurich administrate student accommodation. Housing for students is offered by different institutions that are connected with the University, but operate independently.Since the demand on housing is high, it is important to start looking for accommodation in good time and to explore every possible avenue. The Housing Office of University / ETH Zurich issues an overview of useful addresses, if you’re looking for reasonably priced accommodation as well as accommodation at short notice. Accommodation offers can also be found on the various notice boards in the University buildings and institutes.

Library services

Libraries at the University of Zurich are regulated and supported by two committees established by the Executive Board of the University: The Library Commission makes strategic decisions and users are represented by the Library Coordinating Board.

  • Main Library – Study Center
  • Main Library – Medicine Careum
  • Main Library – Science
Other Faculties have their own libraries such as Faculty of Theology, Law.

Medical services

Health insurance is compulsory for anyone staying in Switzerland longer than three months. Students from an EU state who are legally insured in their home country can apply for exemption from this obligation by using the European Health Card or a provisional certificate, both of which issued by the health insurance company in the home country.

Student Life

Campus life

Public transportation in the city of Zurich is dense and well planned, and residents can get around by bus, streetcar, regional train - even by boat. There is a discount for students under the age of 25. Bicycles are an inexpensive alternative to public transportation.You can find more information about getting around in the city on website of the City of Zurich, where there are maps for pedestrians or cyclists, walking tours, and other information (website in German):

Sports facilities

Do you enjoy physical exercise? Do you want to get or stay in shape and improve your quality of life? Then the Academic Sports Association Zurich (ASVZ) is the right place for you. The ASVZ and its wide range of sports facilities and activities are open to the entire university community. Its offers include traditional sports as well as various new and exciting kinds of sports.

Student clubs

  • The University of Zurich Student Association VSUZH – Switzerland's largest student association – represents all students at the University of Zurich
  • Academic Alpine Club Zurich
  • The Zurich Academic Choir
  • Association for Critical and Interdisciplinary Thinking
  • Academic fencing club Zurich
  • Amnesty International - University Group Zurich
  • Catholic Community of the University of Zurich
  • Academic Chamber Orchestra Zurich
  • Student organization advocating animal rights.
  • African Students Association of Zurich
  • Banking & Finance Student Association
  • Erasmus Student Network
  • The Finance Club
  • Initiative for Psychology in Ecology

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

It's very competitive and demanding but also it is is very satisfying and fulfilling

Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

Studying would be way easier if there was a consent on how much a credit point is in workhours and also the universities organisation would be better.... Self - organisation is key

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I really enjoy being a student at UZH. At least since starting the masters, my program allows me to choose quite freely the courses. People have been really supportive.

Zürich (Kreis 1), Switzerland

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