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GlobaLinks Learning Abroad/EuroScholars - Research Study Abroad in Europe: University of Zurich
Zurich, Switzerland
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/01/2014** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
Third Party Provider Language of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Off Campus Apartment
Minimum GPA: 3.4 Program Advisor: Lisa Brown, Study Abroad Advisor
Courses Offered: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Cognitive Science, Economics, Environmental Geology, Environmental Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Pre-Med, Psychology
Program Description:
Why EuroScholars UZH?

EuroScholars is a unique study abroad program for advanced students whereby students can conduct research at a high caliber institution while taking a language and culture class. The objectives of this program are to challenge students to conduct original research at the cutting edge of human knowledge and promote interactions with scholars through an immersion in European Undergraduate Research Opportunities in the research environment. As a participant, you will learn about scientific reasoning, research methods, theoretical principles related to the research area, and scholarly communication. By finalizing the results of your Research Project in a paper of publishable quality, you will also have improved your writing and presentation skills. The participating institutions are research-intensive universities, all internationally recognized for their outstanding research in numerous fields. All participating institutions are ranked in the top 2% of the 4,000 universities throughout Europe.

The University of Zurich is the largest university in Switzerland and plays a leading role in Swiss higher education. To its over 26,000 students it offers a great diversity of studies, with more than 130 different degree programs in seven faculties. The University’s strong commitment to the highest standards in scientific knowledge and responsible research are the fundaments of excellence in research and teaching. Of great concern to the University of Zurich is the promotion of young academics who are encouraged and supported in their research activities and in preparing for international careers. Through a close cooperation with the ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich) as well as with other institutions of higher education in Switzerland and worldwide, the University of Zurich initiates and sustains stimulating academic exchange at the highest level. With its modern infrastructure and excellent local and international networks, the University of Zurich is well integrated into the cultural and economic metropolis and offers an attractive and stimulating working environment to more than 4,000 members of research and teaching staff from all over the world. 


Academic Highlights

The program is especially designed for students who are interested in discovering their potential for a research career. EuroScholars offers unique opportunities to spend a semester as a junior researcher at one of the top European research institutions. Supervision will be provided by academic staff, working on and/or responsible for the Research Project. The curriculum will consist of the Research Project (main element), literature review (independent study), elective (if applicable), and a language and culture course at the host university. The main element of the EuroScholars program is the Research Project. When applying to the EuroScholars program, you will select a specific research project from the EuroScholars Research Project Database. Almost all projects are ongoing research projects at the host institution, so as a EuroScholar, you will be an active contributor to an already existing research team. About 175 Research Projects at the 11 partner universities are available, in many fields of study. Projects are available in Arts and Humanities, Performing Arts, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy, Computer Science, Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Law, Economics, Management, Politics and Social Studies. The other part of the curriculum is built around the Research Project in dialogue with the supervising professor.

The University of Zurich attaches great importance to research. It endeavors to attract the best scientists and other academics worldwide, either to engage them as faculty members, or in order to establish cooperation between the University of Zurich and other leading international centers. With seven different academic faculties, the University of Zurich caters for all relevant scientific areas. Over 500 professors are responsible for research, teaching and services at around 140 institutes, seminars and clinics. They are supported by a number of roughly 5,000 scientific and administrative staff. Research and teaching are intertwined inextricably at the University of Zurich. According to the Humboldtian ideal of a university, which states that independent research represents both the precondition for teaching and its basis, good teaching is linked to research. As a research institution, the University of Zurich places fundamental research at the center of its activities. It sets itself the highest international standards in this respect. As a member of the "League of European Research Universities" (LERU), the University of Zurich belongs to Europe's most prestigious research institutions. Numerous distinctions highlight the University's international renown in the fields of medicine, immunology, genetics, neuroscience and structural biology as well as in economics. To date, the Nobel Prize has been conferred on twelve UZH scholars.


Sudent Life

The University of Zurich Student Association VSUZH – Switzerland's largest student association – represents all students at the University of Zurich. The association represents the interests of all UZH students in the University and in the public sphere. VSUZH provides students with services that ease, but also enhance student life at UZH. The association is committed to making a positive contribution to the University in general, and in particular to bringing students together and strengthening their bond to UZH and the city of Zurich. The VSUZH is the contact point for all student matters. It is the main address for students who want to make changes and organizations that seek contact with students. There are many organizations to join in order to peak cultural interests and hobbies. The Academic Sports Association (ASVZ) has excellent sports facilities. It offers a large range of sports to students of the University of Zurich free of charge. There is also an exceptionally wide range of sports facilities to be found in the city – Zurich offers everything from ice skating to beach volleyball. In summer, the city’s numerous public swimming pools along the river and lake are especially popular. Students can take advantage of a wide range of sporting and other leisure activities. The online agenda and several events calendars list activities and events taking place at the University and outside.


Living in Zurich

Switzerland lies at the very heart of Europe. In terms of area and population, Switzerland is one of the smallest countries in Europe – some 8 million people live in an area nine times smaller than that of Germany. But with its four official languages (German, French, Italian and Romansh) it surprises with its ethnic and cultural diversity. The City of Zurich lies in the German speaking part of Switzerland. With its almost 390,000 inhabitants Zurich combines the advantage of a comfortably sized town with the diversity of a cosmopolitan city. Zurich’s location directly at the lake of Zurich and near the Swiss Alps offers unique opportunities for recreation. Renowned establishments such as the Opernhaus Zurich (Opera), the Schauspielhaus Zurich (Theater), the Concert Hall and the Museum of Fine Arts contribute to the city’s fine reputation as a major cultural center. It is no wonder that Zurich regularly wins international awards as the city offering the world’s best quality of life. There is a vast amount of things you can do in Zurich. Apart from internationally renowned institutions, such as the opera house, the theatre (Schauspielhaus), the concert hall (Tonhalle), and the art museum (Kunsthaus), there is a great variety of smaller venues providing abundant entertainment for each taste. Apart from a large number of bars, night clubs, and discos, there are concerts in former factories, dance performances at the river, art exhibits in secluded galleries; on Mondays, movies and plays are shown at reduced rates in the entire city. «Züritipp», a supplement to the newspaper Tages-Anzeiger, publishes each Thursday a detailed calendar of events.