Universität Zürich

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.


General information for exchange students

Course catalogue


Academic calendar

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

Academic Calendar


Courses at UZH are mainly held in German. Courses in English are offered in several fields of study. We recommend a minimum level of B2 in the language of instruction. 

Students who intend to take courses in German or English Literature and Linguistics, and who are non-native speakers of the respective language, are expected to have a standard of proficiency at the level of C1 of the CEFR in the respective language. 

In philology courses the language of instruction is often the language of the region studied.

The language of instruction can be found in the Course Catalogue.

Language Center 

Areas of study open to exchange students

Arts & Humanities. Subjects taught here include:

  • Communication and Information studies 
  • Dutch Language and Culture
  • English Language and Culture
  • French Language and Culture
  • German Language and Culture
  • Gender Studies
  • History
  • History of Art
  • Islamic and Arabic Studies
  • Italian Language and Culture
  • Literary Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Media and Culture
  • Musicology
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Spanish Language and Culture

Study fields at Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Faculty of Theology are also possible. (except Education Science, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Popular Culture Studies, Sociology, Psychology)

  • Cross-faculty course booking is allowed; however, students should attend most courses in their major and minor(s) - you can take up to a maximum of 1/3 of your courses in another department.
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences: no cross-level booking.
  • English Department (English Language and Literature): Students who are not enrolled in English Language and Literature at their home university can only take lectures offered by the English Department.
Courses at Master’s level



Language of instruction

German and English

Housing assistance

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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

ESN Zürich


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!