Education and research in Zurich

With the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH, the University of Zurich and the several Fachhochschule, Zürich is the Swiss centre for higher education and one of the leading research centres worldwide. expandcollapse

Range of education on offer

Renowned universities

Zürich is the Swiss centre for universities. The University of Zürich is the largest in Switzerland with 25,000 students, seven faculties and around 150 institutes.

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) has a great reputation the world over and is the best institute of further education in continental Europe. It offers courses in mathematics, natural sciences, architecture, engineering and IT.

The Zürcher Fachhochschule (ZFH), which puts the emphasis very much on acquiring practical skills, is made up of the Zürich Pedagogical University (PHZH), the Zürich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), the Zürich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and the Zürich University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration (HWZ). It has over 14,000 students who can choose between full-time and sandwich Bachelor's and Master's courses in various studies.

A place for research

Cutting-edge research in Zürich is not just carried out at the ETH, the University or the technical colleges – the whole economic area is like a densely populated yet organically developed science park. Private research centres such as the multiple Nobel Prize-winning IBM Research Laboratory, Google's European research centre and the Disney Research Lab have also made their home in Zürich

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Range of education on offer

Student accommodation

Finance & Scholerships

Students have several possibilities financing their studies:

  • Costs of studying and possible financing at the ETH Zürich
  • Costs of studying at the University of Zürich
  • Possible financing at the University of Zürich
  • Costs of studying and scholarships at the Zürcher Fachhochschule
  • Scholarships for foreign students at the ETH
Finance & Scholerships

Entry, visas, health insurance

You should find out in advance whether you require a visa for entry into Switzerland. It is also important to note that medical insurance (basic cover) is compulsory for anyone living in Switzerland.

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Entry, visas, health insurance

Going out

Zürich is one of the party capitals of Europe and has the liveliest night-life and the greatest number of night-clubs in Switzerland, not to mention countless bars and lounges. Cinema fans will also feel at home in Zürich with most films shown in their original language.  

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Job portals

Many people who study in Zürich finance their upkeep at least to some extent with part-time jobs. If you are looking for extra income, you will find a number of support networks available to you.

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Job portals

Professional apprenticeship system

Vocational training
Most young people complete level I of secondary education and then go on to do an apprenticeship which lasts for two to four years. The basic two-year training course leads to a federal vocational attestation, while the three-to-four year course leads to a federal certificate of competency.

Vocational school-leaving certificate
Particularly gifted students can fulfil the entry criteria for the Fachhochschule at a vocational school (Berufsmaturitätsschule).

Careers advice & careers centre
Finding the right profession is by no means easy for young people, but there are various institutions which offer professional support in the decision-making process.

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