Information and FAQ for Students

Status: 14 October 2021

Covid Pooltesting at UZH

UZH is offering free Covid tests for students and staff such as teaching personnel with certificate requirement from Sunday, 10 October 2021 until the end of the February 2022 exam period. Testing facilities are located in front of the Dozierendenfoyer on Campus Irchel and the Foyer West of the Main Building of the City Campus.

UZH Covidpass for Events with Certificate Requirement at UZH

In the case of a negative test result, a UZH Covid Pass is issued. NB. this is not a Covid Certificate valid throughout Switzerland; it is an electronic certificate valid only for events subject to mandatory Covid certificates, libraries and museums at UZH. It is also valid for courses at other Zurich higher education institutions and the UniversityHospital Zurich USZ. It will be sent by e-mail and is valid for 72 hours after the test was done. Thus, for a normal week of university attendance, two tests would be required.
All Information on Testing at UZH
FAQ on Testing at UZH

Covid Certificate Requirement in Teaching

From 20 September, attendees will be required to have Covid certificates (official Swiss Certificate or UZH Covidpass) for on-site courses at all levels (Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD, continuing education). This requirement 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. 

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. The UZH Covidpass is not accepted.
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. The UZH Covidpass is accepted. 
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. The UZH Covidpass is not accepted.
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.

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