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University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

University of Zurich

The University

The University of Zurich is Switzerland's largest university and offers the widest range of study programs in the country. At UZH, students can choose from more than 130 different degree programs offered in over 140 departments at the University's seven faculties.

The University of Zurich is a top university and regularly ranks among the world’s best higher education institutions (Shanghai, QS, THE Rankings). Overall, our University enjoys a reputation for excellence not only within Europe, but throughout the world.

With its modern infrastructure, excellent location, and international networks, the University of Zurich offers an attractive and stimulating working environment to the over 4,000 members of the research and teaching staff.
Read more about the University of Zurich and the International Relations Office.

Photo: Universität Zürich; Frank Brüderli

Location: Zurich, Switzerland

Switzerland is situated at the heart of Europe – both geographically and culturally ‒ with three major European languages being spoken in the country (German, French, and Italian). A large number of international residents, attracted by the country's dynamic economy, contribute to Switzerland’s cultural diversity.

The City of Zurich lies in the German speaking part of Switzerland. It is the largest Swiss city and a major economic and cultural hub. The city’s attractive location on Lake Zurich with the Swiss Alps nearby as well as its many cultural institutions, diverse leisure activities, and events for all ages and tastes make Zurich a great place to live. Zurich regularly earns top marks in quality of life rankings – proof of the high standard of living in this lively metropolis.

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Academic Highlights

The University of Zurich has earned international distinction through outstanding research and research-based teaching.

Uniting scientific findings and teaching has been the standing tradition at the University of Zurich since its foundation. We believe exceptional research requires a discerning mind, careful interpretations, and a knack for seeing details. Our academic programs encourage this kind of critical inquiry and place great value on engaging students in individual research at an early stage in their careers.

The University of Zurich has achieved international renown in the fields of medicine, immunology, neuroscience, structural biology, and economics. Over the years, the Nobel Prize has been conferred on twelve UZH scholars.

Faculties

  • Theology
  • Law
  • Economics, Business Administration and Information Technology
  • Medicine
  • Vetsuisse (Veterinary Medicine)
  • Arts and Social Sciences
  • Science

Research Opportunities

Photo: Universität Zürich; Ursula Meisser

The University has established 12 University Research Priority Programs (URPP). The URPP create and promote academic networks in selected areas of research and are instrumental in promoting the academic career of junior scholars.

  • Asia and Europe
  • Dynamics of Healthy Aging
  • Ethics
  • Evolution in Action: From Genomes to Ecosystems
  • Financial Market Regulation
  • Global Change and Biodiversity
  • Integrative Human Physiology
  • Language and Space
  • Social Networks
  • Solar Light to Chemical Energy Conversion
  • Systems Biology/Functional Genomics
  • Translational Cancer Research

Read more about research opportunities at the University of Zurich.

Language and Culture

Since the general language of instruction at UZH is German, an intensive German course is offered to international students before the spring or fall semester. For two weeks, students have the opportunity to study the language and learn about Zurich and the Swiss way of life.
In addition to the courses held in German, the University offers an increasing number of classes in English. For more information, please contact the International Relations Office.