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University of Zurich

The University of Zürich (UZH, German: Universität Zürich) is a public research university located in the city of Zürich, Switzerland. It is the largest university in Switzerland, with its 28,000 enrolled students. It was founded in 1833 from the existing colleges of theology, law, medicine which go back to 1525, and a new faculty of philosophy.

Currently, the university has seven faculties: Philosophy, Human Medicine, Economic Sciences, Law, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Theology and Veterinary Medicine. The university offers the widest range of subjects and courses of any Swiss higher education institution.

The University of Zurich was founded on April 29, 1833, when the existing colleges of theology, the Carolinum founded by Huldrych Zwingli in 1525, law and medicine were merged with a new faculty of Philosophy. It was the first university in Europe to be founded by the state rather than a monarch or church.

Aerial view (1953)
In the university's early years, the 1839 appointment of the German theologian David Friedrich Strauss to its Chair of Theology caused a major controversy, since Strauss argued that the miracles in the Christian New Testament were mythical retellings of normal events as supernatural happenings. Eventually, the authorities offered Strauss a pension before he had a chance to start his duties.

The university allowed women to attend philosophy lectures from 1847, and admitted the first female doctoral student in 1866. The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine was added in 1901, the second-oldest such faculty in the world. In 1914, the university moved to new premises designed by the architect Karl Moser on Rämistrasse 71.

Ranking / Awards

Shanghai Jiao Tong University Ranking (heavy emphasis on research output – citations, Nobel prizes etc.)
54th globally and 15th in Europe.
THES – QS World University Rankings (heavy emphasis on peer review)
61st globally and 14th in Europe.
QS World University Rankings 2020
76th globally.
Professional Ranking of World Universities (Based on the number of alumni listed among CEOs in the 500 largest worldwide companies.)
32nd globally and 10th in Europe.
University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) 2010
52nd globally and 1st in Switzerland.
Round University Ranking:
36th globally in 2020

33rd globally in 2017

29th globally in 2013

14th globally in 2011

USNWR Global:
59th globally in 2018

According to GWTS Leiden Ranking, University of Zurich ranked 37th in the world in social sciences and humanities. According to URAP Center Ranking, which has been publishing rankings since 2010 for each subject, political science at the University of Zurich was placed 16th best in the world. According to ARWU, the University of Zurich was placed 31st globally in political sciences in 2019 and 27th globally in political sciences in 2020.
The university's Department of Economics is especially strong and was ranked first in the German-speaking area by the Handelsblatt in 2017. In 2009, the faculty of Business Administration was ranked third in the German-speaking area.


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  • Type of Accommodation: On Campus


Annual Cost of living 15000 CHF /year
Average Annual UG Fee N/A
Average Annual PG Fee 1440 CHF
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Contact Information

  • Ramistrasse 71, 8006 Zurich, Switzerland
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Programs Offered


Master in Banking and Finance

  • Length 01 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee 1440 CHF
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  • Average processing time 20 days
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