The University of Zurich is the largest University in Switzerland, offering a broad range of study programs, with numerous courses in English.  Zurich is perfectly located to allow access to other major European cities by rail or plane.  As a large research based, people from many countries come to study, teach, and work at the University, with approximately 17 percent of the 26,000 students and almost 50 percent of professors are of a foreign nationality.  The University of Zurich places a great importance on international collaboration, viewing it as both a challenge and a mark of quality.

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: January 1, 2018
  • Deadline: March 1, 2018
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • Passport Photo ID: a copy of ID page of government issued passport.
Submit to Host University
  • Host Application: Students will receive instructions on how to complete the host application, after the application deadline has passed.
  • Passport Photo ID: a copy of ID page of government issued passport.
  • Official Transcript
  • Personal Statement
  • Letter(s) of recommendation
  • Evidence of Language: If taking subject courses in German.
Update My Travel Plans on MyNEU
Once you have been accepted into your program, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Study abroad spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis by qualified students that meet eligibility requirements. The program may fill before the application deadline and will be closed as soon as all spaces are filled.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Courses

Effective Spring 2018 Semester, Northeastern students will follow a new credit conversion scale, as outlined below:

  • The credit conversion ratio is 1:0.5 (Zurich: Northeastern)
  • Students typically take 30 ECTS total (European credits)
  • If a student takes 30 ECTS, the student will earn 15 Northeastern credits
  • Course evaluations will not be impacted by the credit conversion change
  • You should plan on taking what is considered a full-time credit load at the host institution.

Students have the option to take courses in Business and Economics, Arts and Humanities and Science.  Courses are mainly conducted in German.  An increasing number of courses at the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Information Technology, the Faculty of Law, and in Political Science are offered in English.

Please see the course catalog link below for courses taught in English.

The Language Center at the University of Zurich offers German courses for international students.  Before the beginning of the semester, it is possible to participate in an Intensive German Course.  The intensive course will take place two weeks before the beginning of a semester.  Application deadlines apply and places are limited.

Evaluated Courses

All courses taken abroad must successfully be evaluated through the course equivalency process. To review the course equivalencies process and database please click here.

Policies & Procedures

Prior to application, please review GEO’s policies and procedures. This is the student’s responsibility.

Course Approval Form
Students must confirm their study abroad courses and corresponding Northeastern equivalents with their academic advisors for approval, using the online course approval process. This is located on myNeu under Services and Links labeled “Study Abroad Course Approval” . Please note that only academic advisors can confirm how a Northeastern equivalent will fit into students’ degree audits, and if it will fulfill any degree requirements.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition: $24,280
  • Tuition covers 12-16 Northeastern credits. On certain programs students may be required by the host institution to enroll in a course load that could exceed 16 credits. If a student elects to transfer back more than four courses (or 16 credits), then the student will incur an overload fee as defined by the Northeastern University Registrar’s website. 

International Security and Emergency Support Fee: $100
  • This covers International Security and Emergency Support.

Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Traditional programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Resources

Additional Resources
  • Program Specific Scholarships : This program offers multiple scholarships for students who apply to study at the University of Zurich.  The scholarship amount awarded will most likely cover the majority of rental costs for the stay abroad. Students who are awarded the scholarship will also be given the opportunity to participate in a free language course.
  • Switzerland Comparison Guide
  • University of Zurich Guide

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: July 1, 2017
  • Deadline: September 13, 2017
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • Passport Photo ID: a copy of ID page of government issued passport.
Submit to Host University
  • Host Application: Students will receive instructions on how to complete the host application, after the application deadline has passed.
  • Passport Photo ID: a copy of ID page of government issued passport.
  • Official Transcript
  • Personal Statement
  • Letter(s) of recommendation
  • Evidence of Language: If taking subject courses in German.
Update My Travel Plans on MyNEU
Once you have been accepted into your program, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Study abroad spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis by qualified students that meet eligibility requirements. The program may fill before the application deadline and will be closed as soon as all spaces are filled.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Courses

Effective Spring 2018 Semester, Northeastern students will follow a new credit conversion scale, as outlined below:

  • The credit conversion ratio is 1:0.5 (Zurich: Northeastern)
  • Students typically take 30 ECTS total (European credits)
  • If a student takes 30 ECTS, the student will earn 15 Northeastern credits
  • Course evaluations will not be impacted by the credit conversion change
  • You should plan on taking what is considered a full-time credit load at the host institution.

Students have the option to take courses in Business and Economics, Arts and Humanities and Science.  Courses are mainly conducted in German.  An increasing number of courses at the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Information Technology, the Faculty of Law, and in Political Science are offered in English.

Please see the course catalog link below for courses taught in English.

The Language Center at the University of Zurich offers German courses for international students.  Before the beginning of the semester, it is possible to participate in an Intensive German Course.  The intensive course will take place two weeks before the beginning of a semester.  Application deadlines apply and places are limited.

Evaluated Courses

All courses taken abroad must successfully be evaluated through the course equivalency process. To review the course equivalencies process and database please click here.

Policies & Procedures

Prior to application, please review GEO’s policies and procedures. This is the student’s responsibility.

Course Approval Form
Students must confirm their study abroad courses and corresponding Northeastern equivalents with their academic advisors for approval, using the online course approval process. This is located on myNeu under Services and Links labeled “Study Abroad Course Approval” . Please note that only academic advisors can confirm how a Northeastern equivalent will fit into students’ degree audits, and if it will fulfill any degree requirements.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition: $24,280
  • Tuition covers 12-16 Northeastern credits. On certain programs students may be required by the host institution to enroll in a course load that could exceed this range. If a course load exceeds this then the student will incur an overload fee as defined by the Northeastern University Student Financial Service’s website.

International Security and Emergency Support Fee: $100
  • This covers International Security and Emergency Support.

Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Traditional programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Resources

Additional Resources
  • Program Specific Scholarships : This program offers multiple scholarships for students who apply to study at the University of Zurich.  The scholarship amount awarded will most likely cover the majority of rental costs for the stay abroad. Students who are awarded the scholarship will also be given the opportunity to participate in a free language course.
  • Switzerland Comparison Guide
  • University of Zurich Guide

Destination

Located in the central north of the country at the northwestern tip of Lake Zurich, Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland.  As a leading global city, known as the economic and cultural hub of Switzerland, Zurich is home to the stock exchange and the headquarters of a number of national and international companies.

Tourists are attracted to Zurich through its many museums, love of art, a well preserved old town, filled with Medieval and Renaissance buildings.  Zurich is perfectly arranged that sightseeing can be done on foot.

Overall Zurich is full of buzz with business, economic and tourist activity, there is something here for everyone!

Accommodations

Please remember that Northeastern University does not arrange accommodations for you while you are abroad – this is your responsibility. You should follow all of your host institution’s or housing provider’s procedures and deadlines for obtaining housing. Failure to do so may mean you are not able to arrange housing through the program.

  • Off-Campus through Program: The University of Zurich does not own student dormitories. However, the International Relations Office might help students finding accommodation with the help of relevant internal partner offices. Useful addresses; ch/studies/studentlife/accomodation_en.html ethz.ch/index_EN Housing Office of University of Zurich and ETH Zurich woko.ch/en/default.asp Student Housing Cooperative Zurich (WOKO): Approximate Living Costs in Zurich; Rent including heat: CHF 690 Utilities (telephone, internet, TV, radio): CHF 140 Health and other insurance: CHF 100 Food, household: CHF 450 Transport: CHF 100 Clothes, laundry, toiletries: CHF 100 Miscellaneous: CHF 150

Host University or Organization

The University of Zurich is the largest university in Switzerland and offers the broadest range of study programs.  People from many countries study, teach, and work in the university’s seven faculties and more than 150 institutes.  Many of their successful research projects are based on international collaboration.  As a member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), the University of Zurich belongs to the leading European research universities. On the national level, it is the center of five strategic focal areas of research in the fields of life sciences, economics, and humanities.

Of great concern to the University of Zurich is the promotion of young academics who are encouraged and supported in their research activities and in preparing for international careers. Through a close cooperation with the ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich) as well as with other institutions of higher education in Switzerland and worldwide, the University of Zurich initiates and sustains stimulating academic exchange at the highest level.

With its modern infrastructure and excellent local and international networks, the University of Zurich is well integrated into the cultural and economic metropolis and offers an attractive and stimulating working environment to people from all over the world.

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