Information for Students

Status: 20 April 2021

Increased Return to Face-to-Face Teaching from 3 May

Based on the decision taken by the Federal Council last week and after consulting with the faculties, the Executive Board of the University decided that from 3 May onward, an increased number of courses may again be held on site at UZH. In general, the limits set by the Federal Council apply, i.e. no more than 50 people per room and rooms may not be filled beyond a third of their seating capacity. In addition, previous rules on social distancing and hygiene continue to apply. Courses and exams that require on-site presence and that are an essential component of a program (e.g. courses in labs and clinics as well as exams) are excluded from the above limits.

Key points for face-to-face teaching:

  • Classroom teaching is restricted to smaller interactive course formats. Larger courses that do not involve any significant interaction (i.e. lectures) will continue to be held online.
  • All courses that are held face-to-face will also be able to be completed online.
  • Exams will go ahead as previously planned and communicated by the faculties.
  • Continuing education courses can again be held face-to-face if they take place outside the centrally scheduled buildings of UZH.
  • Events that are not related to teaching remain prohibited at UZH until 5 June 2021 (end of the lecture period).

Students and teaching staff will receive additional information on increased face-to-face teaching from their faculties by 25 April 2021.

Current Opening Hours and Services for UZH Members

  • Study Spaces can still be used. Please only use the spaces if there is no suitable space for learning at your home.
  • UZH buildings are accessible to UZH members until Monday to Friday, 7:00am to 7:00pm, exceptions are possible (e.g. libraries). Access thereafter will only be possible for those with a key or access badge: 
    Opening Hours of UZH Buildings
  • The library services available for UZH members can be found on the libraries website:
    Services UZH Libraries
  • The cafeterias are offering a reduced service for UZH members:
    Opening Hours UZH Cafeterias
  • The ASVZ sports facilities are open again.

Use of Study Spaces by Students

This is how we protect ourselves at UZH:

  • Masks must be worn when using study spaces.
  • Masks may only be removed in order to eat or drink.
  • Desks/chairs may not be moved.
  • Empty lecture halls/classrooms may be used for studying at any time at the students’ own responsibility, provided the room is available ("Frei" shown on the room display or in the digital room occupancy plan at rooms.uzh.ch). Rooms are primarily availabe in the main building, Campus Nord and Irchel Campus. Here too, the applicable rules must be adhered to (masks, 1.5  meters distance, disinfection of surfaces).
  • Eating is not permitted in lecture halls/classrooms.

This Is How We Protect Each Other at UZH

Everyone at UZH (UZH members as well as external service providers and visitors) must adhere to the following rules

  • We wear a mask in all indoor and outdoor areas of UZH.
  • We adhere to the hygiene and conduct rules of the FOPH.
  • We keep 1.5 meters away from other people at all times.
  • We stay at home when we are ill or have returned from a high-risk area (according to the FOPH).
  • If we have symptoms we observe the current rules.
  • Students, employees and guests only come to the university when their presence on-site is required.
  • UZH recommends using the SwissCovid app.

Safety Concepts for the University of Zurich

Procedure for (Suspected) Cases of COVID-19

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 at UZH, all students are required to stay away from UZH if they become infected with coronavirus, develop symptoms that point to a infection or have been in close contact with someone infected with coronavirus. Please be sure to read the new fact sheet on how to proceed in case of a (suspected) COVID-19 infection:
Fact Sheet: Procedure for COVID-19 Infections

Further Information