Visiting students

Admission regulations

If you have studied for at least two semesters at a recognised foreign university, you can enroll in the same subject as a visiting student even if the general and country-specific admission requirements are not met.
Visiting students are also exempted from the German language examination.

Restriction of the duration of study

The admission is limited to the previous field of study and to a period of two semesters. It can be extended for a further two semesters by the Admissions Office in justified cases (i.e. letter of recommendation from a professor).

Semester fees

Visiting students pay the same semester fees as regular students but are not allowed to gain an academic degree (Bachelor).

German language proof

For visiting students a German proof is not required. But please be aware that most courses are taught in German only.

Further information

For information regarding the organisation of your studies (possible and blocked lectures, seminars, etc.), please contact the institute of your chosen subject.


Bachelor's degree: Online application (in German only)


Please ensure you write «Visiting student» clearly on your application, as there is currently no separate application procedure for this status.

Next application deadline:

Spring semester 2015:
30 November 2014

Application periods

Entry regulations for foreign students

Residence permit and visaMigration Office of the Canton of ZurichFederal Office for MigrationSwiss representation abroadLocal registration office (Kreisbüro)

Admissions Office

University of Zurich
Student Administration Office
Admissions Office
Rämistrasse 71
CH-8006 Zürich
Tel. +41 44 634 22 36
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