Studying at UZH

Protection Status S

The Federal Council has activated the protection status S for refugees from Ukraine in order to provide quick and unbureaucratic protection.

Please note: UZH has neither influence on the allocation of the protection status S nor on the placement.

Overview to Access to Higher Education in Switzerland

The following website delivers Information for refugees who wish to study in Switzerland and people who support them along their way:

Visiting Study Programs

Please note the application deadline for the spring semester 2023 has passed. 

UZH offers to support Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD students at Ukrainian universities to come to UZH as visiting students. Tuition fees will be waived.

Criteria for the visiting study program:

The subjects Human Medicine, Dental Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine are closed to regular visiting students.

Registration for Visiting Students

Global Student Experience: Visitung Students

Language Courses

The Language Center offers language courses, activities and learning resources for students and researchers from Ukraine currently enrolled or registered at UZH and ETH Zurich.
Language Center: Language Courses for Ukraine students and researchers

Regular Degree Programs

For admission to a regular Bachelor's or Master's degree program or to doctoral studies, the generally applicable admission requirements must be met.

Bachelor’s Degree Programs

For applicants with a Ukrainian upper secondary school leaving certificate, admission to a Bachelor's degree program requires the following:

  • Ukrainian upper secondary school leaving certificate + two years of university-level studies recognized by UZH. ECTS credits acquired in a visiting study program at UZH are taken into account in the admission examination.
  • Language certificate for German level C1 recognized by UZH

Further information:

Master’s Degree Programs

Admission to a Master's degree program requires the following:

  • Bachelor's degree from a state-recognized university
  • Subject-specific requirements must be fulfilled.
  • Language certificate for German or English level C1 recognized by UZH (depending on the study program)

Further information:

Admission to a Master's program
Language Requirements

Doctoral Studies

Admission to doctoral studies requires the following:

  • Master’s degree from a state-recognized university
  • Approval of one or (as appropriate) more supervisor(s)
  • In the case of a doctoral program: prior acceptance on to the program.

Further information:

Admission to Doctoral Studies

Medical Bachelor's and Master's degree programs

The medical Bachelor's and Master's degree programs (human medicine, chiropractic medicine, dental medicine, veterinary medicine) are subject to admission restrictions. Special access requirements apply to foreigners. Ukrainian students do not usually meet these requirements, even if they have protection status S.


For further information on financial, organizational, advisory and mentoring support, please use the contact form:
Contact Form Ukraine Aid of the University of Zurich