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ETH Zurich

Location

ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich Switzerland

Ranking

# 7QS World University Rankings

Tuitionfee

1,460 CHFTuition Fee/year

About ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich is one of the world's leading universities in science and technology and is known for its cutting-edge research and innovation. It was established in 1855 as the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School, and a century and a half later the university can count 22 Nobel laureates, 2 Fields Medalists, 3 Pritzker Prize winners, and 1 Turing Award winner as alumni, including the great Albert Einstein himself.

The university, officially called the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich in English, has 16 departments that offer academic education and conduct scientific research in subjects ranging from engineering and architecture to chemistry and physics.

Education at ETH Zurich combines solid theory with practical application, and most degree programs build on strong mathematical foundations. For undergraduates the main teaching language is German, while most master's programs and doctoral studies are in English.

Located in Zurich, Switzerland's largest city, ETH Zurich has two main locations: in downtown Zurich and on a modern campus built on a hill in the outskirts of the town. Students at ETH face an intensive workload, but they can still find time for cultural and other leisure activities and for attending the many regular symposia and conferences on campus, where some of the best minds in science come to speak.

ETH students like to exercise their bodies as well as their minds, and there is a wealth of various sports on offer on campus. The largest annual event is the SOLA relay race , taking place in 14 sections over a total distance of 140 kilometers. More than 900 teams have been known to take part at once in the annual spectacle.

Since the 1880s, students have also been able to show off their best moves at the Polyball, a classic ball event, featuring live music by several orchestras and bands. Every November, 10,000 dancers, music-lovers and partygoers descend on ETH’s extensively decorated main building for what is usually an unforgettable night.

About ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich is one of the world's leading universities in science and technology and is known for its cutting-edge research and innovation. It was established in 1855 as the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School, and a century and a half later the university can count 22 Nobel laureates, 2 Fields Medalists, 3 Pritzker Prize winners, and 1 Turing Award winner as alumni, including the great Albert Einstein himself.

The university, officially called the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich in English, has 16 departments that offer academic education and conduct scientific research in subjects ranging from engineering and architecture to chemistry and physics.

Education at ETH Zurich combines solid theory with practical application, and most degree programs build on strong mathematical foundations. For undergraduates the main teaching language is German, while most master's programs and doctoral studies are in English.

Located in Zurich, Switzerland's largest city, ETH Zurich has two main locations: in downtown Zurich and on a modern campus built on a hill in the outskirts of the town. Students at ETH face an intensive workload, but they can still find time for cultural and other leisure activities and for attending the many regular symposia and conferences on campus, where some of the best minds in science come to speak.

ETH students like to exercise their bodies as well as their minds, and there is a wealth of various sports on offer on campus. The largest annual event is the SOLA relay race , taking place in 14 sections over a total distance of 140 kilometers. More than 900 teams have been known to take part at once in the annual spectacle.

Since the 1880s, students have also been able to show off their best moves at the Polyball, a classic ball event, featuring live music by several orchestras and bands. Every November, 10,000 dancers, music-lovers and partygoers descend on ETH’s extensively decorated main building for what is usually an unforgettable night.

University information

Bachelor

38+
4+

Master

0+
100+
7+
193+
0+
22,213
45%
55%
9,551
27%
73%
2,916
23%
77%

Tuition fee and scholarships

Domestic Students

1,460 CHF
1,460 CHF

International Students

1,460 CHF
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Rankings & ratings

ETH Zurich is one of the top universities in Zürich, Switzerland. It is ranked #7 in QS World University Rankings 2025.

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #13
  • 2014
    #12
  • 2015
    #12
  • 2016
    #9
  • 2017
    #8
  • 2018
    #10
  • 2019
    #7
  • 2020
    #6
  • 2021
    #6
  • 2022
    #=8
  • 2023
    #9
  • 2024
    #7
  • 2025
    #7

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FAQs

ETH Zurich has a highly selective admissions process. Admissions requirements vary depending on programme and study level.   

Admission requirements vary depending on the programme, with prerequisites such as the Swiss Matriculation Certificate (or equivalent) and German language certificates for undergraduate courses, and a bachelor's degree in a relevant field, plus either German or English language certificates for postgraduate studies.  

  While there is no explicit minimum GPA requirement, applicants must demonstrate academic excellence to stand out. Strong academic performance, research experience and exceptional achievements can strengthen your application.  

Yes, ETH Zurich does accept international students. The university values diversity and actively seeks talented students from around the world , to contribute to its academic community .  

  International students can find information on entry requirements, residence permits, insurance and employment during their study program me on the official ETH Zurich website.   

English is widely spo k en in acade mic life and communication in ETH, Zurich and wider Switzerland.   

Undergraduate: Bachelor’s courses at ETH Zurich are taught in German .  

Postgraduate: Most master's degree s at ETH   are taught in English, and some require proficiency in both English and German.  

You’ll need to provide evidence of achieving the language requirements as part of your undergraduate or postgraduate application.  

ETH Zurich does not explicitly require a minimum GPA for admission to master's studies.  
International students need to submit specific documents to apply for a residence permit. Details regarding the required documents can be obtained from the relevant authorities.  
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