Information for Students

Status: 24 February 2021

No substantial impact on teaching operations

The decisions by the Federal Council of 13 January will also affect university operations. The majority of employees will be working from home. However, UZH will continue to do its utmost to maintain university operations under the current circumstances to enable you to carry on your studies in an orderly fashion. 

  • Exams will go ahead as planned (digitally as well as on site).
    Vice President Education and Student Affairs on On-Site Exams
  • Library services will continue to be provided.
  • The study spaces at UZH will remain available. Please only use the spaces if there is no suitable space for learning at your home. 

Courses in the 2021 Spring Semester will initially be held using digital formats. As before, this does not apply to courses that require on-site presence (e.g. teaching in labs or clinics, or certain exam types). These sessions can be held on site if the relevant safety measures are observed. Exceptions will be decided by the faculties. The extent to which classroom teaching will be possible later in the Spring Semester depends in large part on the relevant government/cantonal provisions. Details will be defined and communicated by the faculties.

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 (indoor and outdoor) are closed.

The Following Points Apply:

  • On-Site Teaching Suspended: On-site events at UZH are prohibited until further notice. Courses (including continuing education programs) will be held entirely in digital formats. Exceptions are courses that require attendance in person (e.g. practical classes in a lab or clinic) and selected individual lessons (e.g. for certain forms of examinations). Your faculty will inform you of exceptions in good time.
  • General Obligation to Wear Masks: Masks are obligatory in all indoor areas of UZH. Masks must be worn in outdoor areas at UZH wherever the required minimum distance of 1.5 meters can't be observed, in particular in busy pedestrian zones, in front of buildings, when going to/leaving campus, in waiting areas, in seating and standing areas (benches, tables, etc.).
  • Services (e.g. libraries, advisory services, cafeterias) will continue to be provided as far as possible.
  • Study spaces in libraries, public areas and selected lecture halls continue to be available for you to use. Please only use the spaces  if there is no suitable space for learning at your home. At the moment you must make a reservation via the booking system for study spaces in the libraries. Please note the opening hours.

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 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.

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