Information and FAQ for Students

Status: 24 September 2021

Covid Certificate Requirement in Teaching

From 20 September, attendees will be required to have Covid certificates for on-site courses at all levels (Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD, continuing education). This applies to students, teaching staff and anyone else involved in on-site courses at UZH. UZH staff are subject to mandatory Covid certificates if they are mostly or always involved in on-site courses or non-curricular on-site events that require participants to have a Covid certificate.

Mask Recommendation

Masks will no longer be mandatory in classrooms due to the certificate requirement. However, the Executive Board of the University continues to strongly recommend that all attendees continue to wear masks in classrooms. Otherwise, masks continue to be mandatory in all indoor public spaces at UZH.

Courses Held as Published

Courses will generally be held as published in the course catalogue. Exceptions may be approved by the faculties. The faculties will ensure that students who do not have a Covid certificate are given an appropriate alternative to on-site teaching, e.g. by providing digital materials. 

Compliance with the Certificate Requirement

Sufficient and regular spot checks will be carried out to ensure compliance with the certificate requirement. Teaching staff are not responsible for carrying out checks, but may do so if they believe it is necessary. The Executive Board of the University requires teaching staff to interrupt their teaching if they become aware that there are people in the room who don’t have a valid Covid certificate; teaching may resume once the situation is resolved.

Free Covid Tests

UZH does not want to contribute to the polarization of society with regard to vaccinations. People who are not vaccinated should not be disadvantaged. Covid tests are free until 10 October. After this date, UZH will offer free tests (until the end of October for now) to students and employees who do not have a valid Covid certificate but need one. Free tests are also available to people for whom exceptions may apply (e.g. incoming students, people who can’t get vaccinated for medical reasons).

Recognition of Vaccination Certificates from Abroad

In addition to the Swiss Covid certificate, other vaccination certificates from abroad will also be recognized if the vaccine used is approved in the EU or listed in the WHO’s Emergency Use Listing. This includes certificates issued for vaccinations with the Chinese Sinovac and Sinopharm, but not for the Russian vaccine Sputnik. Students whose certificate is not recognized can get tested for free.

Covid Requirement in Cafeterias, Libraries, Museums and ASVZ

In UZH cafeterias, a valid Covid certificate is required. Excluded are locations that are operated entirely as take-aways. The certificate requirement is based on the operator's safety concept.
UZH Cafeterias

UZH libraries are accessible with certificate and mask. Loan and return are excluded from certificate requirement.
Services UZH Libraries during Corona Restrictions

In UZH  museums and collections, a valid Covid certificate is required in all public indoor areas.
UZH Museums and Collections

In university sports, a valid Covid certificate is required for indoor sports (as well as outdoor offerings for 200 or more people). The certificate requirement is based on the safety concept of the ASVZ.
ASVZ: Safety Concept (in German)

Vaccinations at UZH

UZH supports the vaccination campaign of the Federal Office of Public Health. By getting vaccinated, we can help to contain the pandemic so that we can all go back to researching and working without restrictions. UZH will not exclude anyone based on their personal decision whether or not to get vaccinated against Covid-19. This also means that a person’s vaccination status is not relevant when it comes to determining whether they work on site.

You can find all of the information about vaccinations at UZH on our Website: 
Have a Heart for UZH

Mask Duty

Masks are mandatory in all publicly accessible indoor rooms at UZH.

Masks are not required in classrooms due to the certificate requirement. However, the Executive Board of the University continues to strongly recommend that all attendees continue to wear masks in classrooms. Masks are also not required in outdoor areas and in all workplaces (offices, laboratories, workshops, etc.) in indoor areas not accessible to the public, provided that the safety concepts are observed and the distance of 1.5m from other people can be maintained.

Use of Study Spaces by Students

This is how we protect ourselves at UZH:

  • Masks must be worn when using study spaces.
  • 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 a safe distance 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