Incoming students

This is our site for potential incoming students from abroad within the framework of the Swiss-European Mobility Programme (formerly Erasmus programme).

General information

The faculty of medicine at the University of Zurich is the largest of the five medical faculties in Switzerland. It hosts 2,000 students (about 300 students in each of the six years) plus 1,000 doctoral students.

Around 200 full professors (faculty members), more than 800 associate professors and other teaching faculties are in charge of putting the curriculum into practice.

The language of all lectures and courses in the undergraduate curriculum is German.

The primary teaching hospital is the University Hospital Zurich which concentrates 43 departments and institutes. It comprises all fields of modern medicine and treats more than 38,000 inpatients and 134,000 outpatients per year.

University of Zurich

The University of Zurich was founded in 1833, though its origins stretch back as far as 1525 and the days of protestant reformer Ulrich Zwingli. Today the University enjoys international renown as a place of education and research. Two thousand lecturers in 150 special institutes provide the broadest range of subjects and courses available from any Swiss seat of higher education. With 26,000 students and 2,800 graduates every year, Zurich is also Switzerland’s largest university. The University provides academic services, works with the private sector and considers itself part of a national and global network for the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge. Zurich’s international reputation is based on groundbreaking research, particularly in molecular biology, brain research and anthropology, and on the work of the University Hospital and Veterinary Hospital. The University’s researchers, lecturers and students benefit from the infrastructure that Zurich provides as a center of teaching and research. Apart from its own institutions, the University offers its members access to archive collections, libraries and the facilities of the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), as well as to the city’s private institutions. Nine museums and collections, covering subjects from anthropology to zoology, constitute yet another valuable academic resource.

City of Zurich

The City of Zurich (420,000 inhabitants, with agglomerations almost one million) is the largest city of Switzerland. While Berne is the political capital of the country, Zurich is the financial and economic centre. In addition a broad offer of theatres, concerts, museums, art-galleries, libraries and bookshops makes Zurich a culturally attractive city. Thanks to its central and beautiful location at the Zurich lakeside, Zurich is a very attractive but as well relatively expensive place.

Curriculum Information

Short curriculum information for potential exchange students for the academic year 2017/2018

The medical curriculum at the University of Zurich has applied the Bologna Model since 2007. The curriculum has fully adopted the ECTS Credit Point system.

Study program

At present, the student exchange within the framework of Swiss-European Mobility Programme (formerly Erasmus programme) is possible for advanced students. They can participate in courses of the study-years 3 or 4. Combinations are possible only to a limited extend, due to conflicting time schedules. Year 5 is the year of clinical electives, which are not organized centrally by the office of medical education.

Clinical clerkships are only possible in exceptional cases. A clinical clerkship in Zurich usually last at least one full month (from the first until the last working day) requires about 40 - 50 hours of presence per week at the hospital ward. 6 ECTS credit points are allocated for 1 month of clinical rotation. The specialties in which clinical clerkships are possible must be negotiated individually.

Good German language skills (Level B2) is necessary.

Lectures and courses 3 SJ (PDF, 115 KB)

Lectures and courses 4 SJ (PDF, 119 KB)

Curriculum overview (PDF, 22 KB)


In Zurich, written examinations take place at the end of each semester except for year 5 and 6. For the students of the University of Zurich, the passing of these examinations is a prerequisite for the allocation of the credit points for the thematic bock courses.

Learning success in practical / clinical courses and in the elective study modules is assessed by evaluation on the site.

Our written examinations integrate clinical knowledge from different subjects (e.g. internal medicine, pathology, paediatrics’ etc.) and are not discipline centred. Therefore, examinations in one single subject require a special procedure.

Details regarding the procedure are available on request.

Application Procedure

Who can apply?

If you are a student from one of our listed partner universities you can contact the local Erasmus Coordinator at your university.

List of partner universities

If you are a medical student from another university please understand that we can only handle your application in exceptional cases and if there are vacant places in the courses.

How to apply

Contact the local Erasmus Coordinator at your university and make sure that she / he endorses your application.

Complete the application form (*) and the learning agreement and submit them to your local Erasmus Coordinator.

(*) Please notice: a new online application platform “Mobility online” will be available starting from February 2017. In order to avoid delaying the process, students are kindly asked to apply in two steps:

1. Step before February 2017: send as soon as possible the Learning Agreement and the nomination letter and the proof of language skills to the mobility coordinator of the Faculty of Medicine (Monique Dupuis).

2. Step February 2017: apply via “Mobility online” and respect the Deadline: 30th of April 2017.

Learning Agreement (PDF, 307 KB)

She or he will submit these documents to the International Programme Coordinator of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Zurich and/ or to the International Relations Office at the University of Zurich.

Please respect the application deadline: 30th of April 2017 for the entire academic year 2017/2018 (autumn semester 2017 and the spring semester 2018).

Information on deadlines, housing and grants is published on the University's site for International Relations.

International relations office

The International Relations Office is a very important partner for your stay as a guest student at the University of Zurich. The office provides a broad offer of useful information regarding all aspects of living in Zurich (immigration, insurance, language courses, housing etc.) and is in charge of the formal procedure of the Socrates Erasmus Exchange including the grants. Visit their website early and contact them if you have questions or need help.


Once you have completed your study programme and eventual examinations you will be handed out a Transcript of Records on the basis of the documentations that you have completed during your stay. Detailed information about the formal procedure will be provided after your arrival in Zurich.


International Programme Coordinator
Monique Dupuis, lic.phil.
E-Mail: monique.dupuis(at)

Administrative Secretary
Manuela Cagienard
E-Mail: manuela.cagienard(at)

Phone: +41 44 634 10 19
Fax: +41 44 634 10 88

Postal address:
Office of Medical Education
University of Zurich
Pestalozzistr. 3/5
CH 8091 Zurich