Universität Zürich is an exchange destination for Utrecht University Bachelor and Master students of the faculty of Humanities in Zürich, Switzerland.

"If you want to be in a safe but cool city, and if you want to hear the most beautiful language there is, go to Zürich! And be the Dutch person and just ask people everything, talk German. They like Dutch people who are trying to talk German, or even Swissgerman!" - tips from a former exchange student

Student experiences

Read about student experiences.

Academic calendar

Semester I (Fall Semester): approximately September - December
Semester II (Spring Semester): approximately February - May

Academic Calendar


Language requirement: a minimum language level of B2 (CEFR) in English/German is required.
N.B. for courses in German or English Literature and Linguistics a C1 level in the respective language is required.

Students can participate in a German course for a fee of CHF 100.- that takes place two weeks before the beginning of the semester. Other courses are offered during the semester, which cost CHF 80.-. Application deadlines apply and places are limited. German language courses

Areas of study open to exchange students

Students can take either courses in Dutch Language and Culture (BA/MA), History (BA/MA), Musicology (BA/MA), Philosophy (BA/MA), and Religion (MA). 

Note that students are allowed to take courses outside the above departments only if it is agreed upon by the relevant departmental coordinator. 

Courses at Master’s level


Religion: Master courses only.


Language of instruction

German and English

Housing assistance
Estimated living costs per month

This information is subject to change. It is meant to be an indication. Costs may differ due to personal circumstances.

Rent up to CHF 790.-*
Utilities CHF 50.-
Health and other insurances around CHF 100.-**
Food, household CHF 450.-***
Transport CHF 100.-
Clothes, laundry, toiletries CHF 100.-
Study material CHF 0.- to 50.-
Miscellaneous CHF 150.-
Total CHF 1790.-

*For a room provided by UZH's Housing Office (furnished, rent incl. overhead costs like internet, electricity and heating.
**Students with a European Health Insurance Card are usually exempted from the mandatory health insurance.
*** To eat at UZH's cafeteria /to cook your own meals.


Normal study load per semester: 30 ECTS

Number of places available
  • Musicology: 1 place per year
  • Philosophy: 1 place per year
  • History: max. 2 places per year
  • Languages (Dutch): 1 place per year
  • Religion: 2 places per year (Master only) 


Grant information

Funding through the Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP) rather than Erasmus+.
Your application for an exchange in the frame of the Swiss-European Mobility Programme is also an application for a grant financed by the Swiss Confederation. However, your acceptance as an exchange student at UZH is no guarantee that you will receive such a grant.

More information

Additional information

More information

More information about studying abroad: in Dutch and in English.

Do you have any questions about this partner university or about studying abroad? Contact the International Office of the Faculty of Humanities (details below).

You can also see stories of students who have been abroad on Instagram!

International Office Humanities

Our front desk is currently closed until further notice. This means that there are no walk-in hours and it is not possible to make an appointment.  

You can reach us in the following ways:

Please mention your student number in all correspondence!


We are unable to sign physical documents. If you need to have a document signed, please send it to us via email.

Mailing address

Drift 10, 3512 BS Utrecht
+31 (0)30 253 6046


  • Sanne Boomsma - Head International Office Humanities;
  • Pooi Ji Hang - Exchange Coordinator (South and East Europe, Asia, Central and South America);
  • Monique Hanrath - Exchange Coordinator (North and West Europe, Africa, Oceania and North America);
  • Nelline Bogerd - Support Officer;
  • Agaath Sluijters - Support Officer.
Walk-in office hours

Our front desk is currently closed.

Making an appointment

You can make an appointment via this online form or send an email to internationaloffice.hum@uu.nl.

Handing in and picking up documents

Send an email to internationaloffice.hum@uu.nl.