Overview

ETH Zurich

City: Zurich
Language of instruction: English, German
  • Founded in 1855
  • 19 800 students from over 120 countries
  • Ninth place in the World University Ranking by Times Higher Education in 2016
  • Offers 16 departments in the sciences
  • 370 000 inhabitants (or almost one million in the metropolitan area)
  • Located on Lake Zurich, surrounded by hills, and within easy reach of the Alps and other places of interest
  • Zurich is the largest city of Switzerland - considered the business capital and cultural centre, with schools of all levels, theatres, concert halls, museums, art galleries, libraries, and bookshops

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Partner university's areas of study

Architecture and Landscape ArchitectureEngineeringForestryLand and Food SystemsScience

Notes on Language of Instruction

  • Bachelor programmes are mainly in German
  • Master programmes are mainly in English
  • While undergraduate courses at 1st and 2nd year level are normally taught in German, many courses at 3rd year level are taught in English
  • Students must have at least a B2 (C1 preferred) level to study in German (self-assess with: European Language Portfolio Global Scale)
  • There is an offer by the language learning center for intensive German courses and semester German courses

ELIGIBILITY AND TIMING

Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)Summer

Who can go?

  • Only Engineering, Science (incl. Forestry & LFS) and Architecture students are eligible to apply
  • Undergraduate students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 75% at UBC to be considered for exchange at ETH Zurich

Term dates

  • Semester 1: Mid September to Late January
  • Semester 2: Late February to Mid June

Timing

  • It is usually possible to reschedule Semester 1 exams so as to return to UBC for Term 2
  • See Examinations and Grades on the FAQ page for more information

Summer program

  • Summer is open for research opportunities, not for study
  • Students must secure a faculty supervisor and project independently
  • Housing is not guaranteed
Courses + Transfer Credits

Credits

Course equivalency formula

  • ECTS credits divided by 2 = UBC credits

Passing grade

4.0 or E

Grading scheme

Credit transfer process

The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline. You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g. application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)

For more information about Go Global transfer credit

Course Information

* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.

Type of Go Global Experiences

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)Graduate researchUndergrad research

Course information and restrictions

  • Students going to ETH must take at least 2/3 of their course credits in the department where they are enrolled
  • Undergraduate exchange students are allowed to choose courses of Master programmes (taught in English, as a rule) if they fulfill the prerequisites (usually only upper level students)
  • To check their qualification for a Master programme course they should contact their Departmental Exchange Coordinator at ETH Zurich before registering for the course
  • The Department of Management, Technology and Economics (D-MTEC) only accepts students with a technical background
  • The Department of Mathematics only accepts students who are majoring in Mathematics at their home university

Full course load information

  • No maximum number of courses
  • Minumum: 20 ECTS per semester (excluding language courses)

Partner Course Information

Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university

Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.

* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.

UBC Vancouver

Applied Science (Engineering)
UBC course: BMEG 410
Title: Physiology and Anatomy for Biomedical Engineers I
Partner course code: 227 0399-10L
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-04-02
UBC course: CIVL 300
Title: Project Management for Construction Projects
Partner course code: 101-0007-0
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-03-28
UBC course: CIVL 300
Title: Project Management: Pre-Tender to Contract Execution
Partner course code: 101-0517-0
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date:
UBC course: CIVL 320
Title: Concrete Technology
Partner course code: 101-0677-0
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-03-21
UBC course: CIVL 320
Title: Wood Physics & Wood Materials
Partner course code: 101-0678-0
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2017-03-21
UBC course: CIVL 3rd
Title: Snow and Avalanches: Processes and Risk Management
Partner course code: 101-0288-0
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-12-18
UBC course: CIVL 3rd
Title: Clays in Geotechnics: Problems and Applications
Partner course code: 101-0302-0
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-12-18
UBC course: CIVL 3rd
Title: Design and Construction in Geotechnical Engineering
Partner course code: 101-0307-0
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-12-18
UBC course: CIVL 4th
Title: Railway Construction and Maintenance
Partner course code: 101-0419-0
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2017-03-22
UBC course: CIVL 4th
Title: Highway Geometric Design and Engineering
Partner course code: 101-0428-0
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2017-03-22
UBC course: CIVl 3rd
Title: Forensic Geotechnical Engineering
Partner course code: 101-0369-0
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-03-22
UBC course: CPEN 431
Title: Principles of Distributed Computing
Partner course code: 227-0558-0
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-05-04
UBC course: CPEN 441
Title: User Interface Engineering
Partner course code: EECE 263-3700-0
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-05-04
UBC course: CPEN 441
Title: User Interface Engineering
Partner course code: 263-3700-0
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-05-04
UBC course: CPEN 4th
Title: Cryptographic Protocols
Partner course code: 252 0408-00L
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-12-20
UBC course: EECE 300
Title: Microsystems Technology
Partner course code: EECE 151062100L
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date:
UBC course: EECE 4th
Title: Advanced System-on-chip Design: Integrated Parallel Computing Architectures
Partner course code: EECE 227015000L
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-01-09
UBC course: ELEC 311
Title: High-Speed Signal Propagation
Partner course code: 227-0112-0 0112-00L
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-03-20
UBC course: GERM 2nd
Title: Intensive German (as a foreign language) Course for level B
Partner course code: IK-DaF-B 2200
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2018-12-07
UBC course: MECH 375
Title: Thermodynamics III
Partner course code: 151 0261-00L
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-09-30
UBC course: MECH 375
Title: Energy Conversion
Partner course code: 151 1633-00L
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-09-30
Arts
UBC course: COGS 2nd
Title: The Sense of Time and its Effects on Motivation, Cognition, and Emotion
Partner course code: GESS 851-0253-0
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-03-24
UBC course: ECON 1st
Title: Principles of Microeconomics
Partner course code: 363 0503-00L
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-07
UBC course: GERM 1st
Title: German for Post-Beginners: Intensive Course for Exchange or Master Students, A1.2
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-11-16
UBC course: GERM 1st
Title: German for Beginners: Intensive Course for Exchange or Master Students, A1.1
Partner course code: 2057 IK-DaF
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-05-13
UBC course: GERM 1st
Title: Basic German A1; part 2
Partner course code: 1235
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-05-13
UBC course: GERM 1st
Title: Post-Beginners German for Exchange or Master Students, A2.1
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-11-16
UBC course: GERM 1st
Title: Beginners German for Exchange and Master Students, A1.1
Partner course code: 3190
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-12-22
UBC course: GERM 2nd
Title: Speaking, intonation and listening, A2.2-B1
Partner course code: GERM 313
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2016-11-30
UBC course: GERM 3rd
Title: Skill Training - Between Cultures; B2-C1 (German)
Partner course code: 4080
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2018-12-07
UBC course: POLI 375
Title: International Environmental Politics
Partner course code: 851059400L
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-06-13
Commerce
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: Introduction to Negotiation
Partner course code: 363-1039-0
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-05-24
Land and Food Systems
UBC course: APBI 3rd
Title: Biogeochemistry and Sustainable Management
Partner course code: 751 5101-00L
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date:
UBC course: FNH 4th
Title: Dietary Etiologies of Chronic Disease
Partner course code: HEST 752-6101-0
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-03-22
Science
UBC course: ASTR 4th
Title: Astrophysics I
Partner course code: ASTR 3rd year
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-06-11
UBC course: ASTR 4th
Title: Astro-Particle Physics I
Partner course code: ASTR 3rd year
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-06-27
UBC course: BIOL 3rd
Title: Applied Biostatistics
Partner course code: 401 0629-00L
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-08-15
UBC course: BIOL 3rd
Title: Membrane Biology
Partner course code: 551-0351-0
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-07-24
UBC course: BIOL 3rd
Title: Nutrient Sensing and Growth Control
Partner course code: 551-0371-0
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-07-24
UBC course: BIOL 458
Title: Neurobiology;Development of the Nervous System&Structure,Plasticity and Repair of the Nervous System
Partner course code: 376-1305
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-01-14
UBC course: BIOL 4th
Title: Molecular Mechanisms of Cell Dynamics
Partner course code: 551-0339-0
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-07-24
UBC course: BIOL 4th
Title: Molecular Mechanisms of Cell Growth and Polarity
Partner course code: 551-0347
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-01-14
UBC course: BIOL 4th
Title: Plant Biochemistry
Partner course code: 551-0359
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-01-14
UBC course: BIOL 4th
Title: NMR Spectroscopy in Biology
Partner course code: 551-0434-0
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-07-24
UBC course: BIOL 4th
Title: RNA-Biology
Partner course code: 551-1309
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-01-14
UBC course: BIOL 4th
Title: RNA-Biology II
Partner course code: 551-1312-0
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-07-24
UBC course: BIOL 4th
Title: Insulin Signaling
Partner course code: 551-1515-0
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-07-24
UBC course: BIOL 4th
Title: Macromolecular Structure Determination Using Modern Methods
Partner course code: 551-1556-0
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-07-24
UBC course: COGS 3rd
Title: Introduction to Neuroinformatics
Partner course code: 227 1037-00L
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-06-01
UBC course: COGS 4th
Title: Translational Neuromodeling
Partner course code: 227 0973-00L
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-06-01
UBC course: COGS 4th
Title: Current Topics in Brain Research
Partner course code: HEST 376-1414-0
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-03-24
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: Case Studies from Practice
Partner course code: 252-0820-0
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-11-22
UBC course: CPSC 304
Title: Data Modelling and Databases
Partner course code: 252- 0063-00L
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-09-10
UBC course: CPSC 310
Title: Software Architecture and Engineering
Partner course code: 252-0216-00L
Language of instruction: Not available
Evaluated date: 2015-04-30
UBC course: CPSC 340
Title: Introduction to Machine Learning
Partner course code: 252 0220-00L
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-05-31
UBC course: CPSC 340
Title: Machine Learning
Partner course code: 252- 0535-00L
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-02-25
UBC course: CPSC 3rd
Title: Ubiquitous Computing
Partner course code: 252-0312-0
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-05-24
UBC course: CPSC 3rd
Title: Web Engineering
Partner course code: 252-0374-0
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-05-24
UBC course: CPSC 3rd
Title: Learning and Intelligent Systems
Partner course code: 252- 0220-00L
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-09-10
UBC course: CPSC 3rd
Title: Human Computer Interaction
Partner course code: 252- 3110-00L
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-02-25
UBC course: CPSC 4th
Title: Modelling and Simulation
Partner course code: 252-0218-00L
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-30
UBC course: CPSC 4th
Title: 3D Vision
Partner course code: 252 0579-00
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-08-21
UBC course: CPSC 4th
Title: Ubiquitous Computing
Partner course code: 252-0312-0
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-10-07
UBC course: CPSC 4th
Title: Web Engineering
Partner course code: 252-0374-0
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-10-07
UBC course: CPSC 4th
Title: Cryptography Foundations
Partner course code: 252040700L
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-08-09
UBC course: CPSC 4th
Title: Computational Biomedicine II
Partner course code: 261 5120-00L
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-05-31
UBC course: ELEV 4th
Title: Methods and Models for fMRI Data Analysis
Partner course code: ITET 227-0969-0
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-04-21
UBC course: EOSC 2nd
Title: Stratigraphy and Time
Partner course code: 651-4002-0
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-10-31
UBC course: EOSC 2nd
Title: Crystalline Geology of the Alps
Partner course code: 651-4030-0
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-10-31
UBC course: KIN 3rd
Title: Clinical and Movement Biomechanics
Partner course code: HEST 376-1651-0
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-04-19
UBC course: MATH 3rd
Title: Introduction to Mathematical Optimization
Partner course code: 401 0647-00L
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-07-06
UBC course: MATH 405
Title: Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations
Partner course code: 401- 0674-00L
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-09-29
UBC course: MATH 443
Title: Graph Theory
Partner course code: DMATH 401-3052
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-06-05
UBC course: MATH 4th
Title: Graph Theory
Partner course code: 401305205L
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-08-01
UBC course: PHYS 405
Title: Physics Against Cancer: The Physics of Imaging and Treating Cancer
Partner course code: phys 3rd
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-04-01
UBC course: PHYS 4th
Title: Quantum Information and Cryptography
Partner course code: INF 252-4800-0
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-06-14
UBC course: PHYS 4th
Title: Physics III
Partner course code: PHYS Physics 3
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-06-11
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Politics of Environmental Problem Solving in Developing Countries
Partner course code: 701 0727-00L
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-05-27
UBC course: STAT 3rd
Title: Applied Statistical Regression
Partner course code: 401 0649-01L
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-03-09
UBC course: STAT 404
Title: Applied Analysis of Variance and Experimental Design
Partner course code: 401 0625-01L
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-08-16
UBC course: STAT 406
Title: Computational Statistics
Partner course code: DMATH 401-3632
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-06-14

UBC Okanagan

Arts and Sciences
UBC course: BIOL 308
Title: Population Ecology
Partner course code: BIO 311
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-06-15
UBC course: BIOL 341
Title: Neurobiology
Partner course code: 376130510L
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-29
UBC course: BIOL 3rd
Title: Evolutionary genetics and genomics of humans and other primates
Partner course code: BIO 205
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-06-15
UBC course: BIOL 3rd
Title: Concepts in Modern Genetics
Partner course code: 551-0309-0
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-06-15
UBC course: BIOL 3rd
Title: Cell Biology
Partner course code: 551-0326-0
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-06-15
UBC course: BIOL 3rd
Title: Phytopathology
Partner course code: 551035500L
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-06-15
UBC course: BIOL 3rd
Title: Growth Control: Insights from Yeast and Flies
Partner course code: 551037100L
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-06-15
UBC course: BIOL 4th
Title: Plant Biochemistry
Partner course code: 551035900L
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-02-10
UBC course: GERM 1st
Title: German A1.1
Partner course code: GERM A1.1
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2016-06-09
UBC course: GERM 1st
Title: German A1.2
Partner course code: GERM A1.2
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2016-06-09
UBC course: GERM 1st
Title: German A2.1
Partner course code: GERM A2.1
Language of instruction: German
Evaluated date: 2016-06-09
Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

  • 15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC
  • Some exceptions may apply

Scholarships + awards

The Go Global award $1000

All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.

Additional awards

Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

Information for US students

If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ for Federal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.

If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.

If you attend an ineligible institution:

  • You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
  • You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
  • You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
  • You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.

Additional fees

All students studying in Switzerland are required to purchase local medical insurance which will cost approx 100 CHF/month.

Housing

Types of accommodation available

Off-campus

Housing notes

  • ETH Zurich neither owns nor rents out any student rooms
  • Housing for students is offered by different institutions connected with ETH Zurich, but operate independently
  • Along with your "acceptance letter" to start studying at ETH, you will also receive information on registering for accommodation

Information on Accommodation

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