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The University of Zurich (UZH, ), located in the city of Zurich, is the largest university in Switzerlandmarker, with over 24,000 students. It was founded in 1833 from the existing colleges of theology, law, medicine and a new faculty of philosophy. Currently, the University has faculties of arts, economics, law, medicine, science, theology and veterinary medicine, offering the widest range of subjects and courses at any Swiss higher education institution.


The University of Zurich was founded on April 29, 1833, when the existing colleges of theology (founded by Huldrych Zwingli in 1525), law and medicine were merged together with a new faculty of Philosophy. It was the first university in Europe to be founded by the state rather than a monarch or church. The university allowed women to attend philosophy lectures from 1847, and admitted the first female doctoral student in 1866. The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine was added in 1901, the oldest such faculty in the world. In 1914, the University moved to new premises designed by the architect Karl Moser on Rämistrasse 71.


Main builing as seen from the south
Irchel Campus, newer and more remotely located buildings of the University of Zurich
Its best-performing faculties in terms of research quality are the Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Science, all of which rank in the top ten of Europe's universities. The University of Zurich as a whole also ranks in the top ten of Europe and in the top fifty worldwide. Notably in the fields of bioscience and finance, there is a close-knit collaboration between the University of Zurich and the ETHmarker (Federal Institute for Technology, just across the road).


46th globally and 11th in Europe.
53rd globally and 12th in Europe.
85th globally and 26th in Europe.
  • Professional Ranking of World Universities (Based on the number of alumni listed among CEOs in the 500 largest worldwide companies.)
32nd globally and 10th in Europe.


There are several libraries available for use by members of the university, including Zurich Central Library, with over 5 million volumes. Most of the University is scattered all over the city of zurich.

Student life

The university's Academic Sports Association (ASVZ) offers a wide range of sports facilities to students of the university.


Except for medicine, the University pursues an admission policy as follows. All students who have a Matura or an equivalent secondary school qualification can study for a year. After this assessment year, only those passing the exams may proceed their studies. On average, about one half passes the assessment year (differing across faculties and particular program). To study medicine, even to be granted permission to enter the assessment year, exams need to be passed. Admission to a Masters degree naturally requires a Bachelor. Admission to a PhD programme requires a Masters degree with honours and clear research orientation.

Language policy

The general language of courses is Standard German (Hochdeutsch). Notably in some highly competitive and international programs, such as the Master of Science in Quantitative Finance MSc UZH ETH Quantitative Finance, all lectures are held in English. There is an increasing use of English observed in many faculties.

Nobel Prize winners

The University of Zurich has produced several Nobel Prize laureates. Albert Einstein, Erwin Schrödinger, one of the founders of quantum mechanics, Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, the first person to win the Nobel Prize in Physics and others were affiliated with the University. In total former students and faculty of the university have won 23 Nobel Prizes.


Rear courtyard of the main building


Famous Fellows of the University



  1. Newsweek Ranking
  2. SJTU Ranking
  3. Times Higher Educational Supplement - QS World University Rankings
  4. Professional World University Rankings- Paris Tech

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