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ETH Zurich: Courses: Admissions 2024 & Fees

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Male/Female Ratio0.47
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Q:   How to get a part-time job while studying in Eth Zurich?

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While attending ETH Zurich or studying in Switzerland in general, taking a part-time job can be a fantastic way to obtain work experience, make extra money, and support your education. You can use the following procedures to find a part-time job:

1. Understand Work Requirements for International Students: If you are a student from outside of the United States, be sure to be aware of the requirements for part-time employment under your student visa. Students from non-EU/EFTA nations are often permitted to work up to 15 hours per week during the academic year and full-time during breaks from the academic year.

2. University Career Services: You might be able to get assistance with job placement from the career services office at ETH Zurich. They frequently include information about chances for students to work part-time.

3. Keep a chack on University Bulletin Boards: Keep an eye on ETH Zurich-specific bulletin boards, websites, or portals where part-time employment listings are posted. Positions in administrative, instructional, or research support are frequently available.

4. Online Job Portals: Look for postings for part-time positions on online job portals, both general and student-focused. 

5. Networking: Make connections with teachers, peers, and other students. They might be aware of employment opportunities in their departments or elsewhere on campus. Join student groups or organisations in your subject of study since they can help you network.

6. Language skills may be crucial depending on the position. Italian, French, or German are useful languages to know if you're working with customers in Switzerland.

7. Visit Career Fairs: Participate in job or career fairs held by ETH Zurich or other organisations. It's a fantastic opportunity to network with future companies and look into job possibilities.

8. Work as a Research Assistant - If you're studying a field that involves research, think about applying for a position as a research assistant. Check with your department to see if any openings exist. Students may be hired by professors to conduct research.

9. Part-Time Internships: Some businesses provide interns with part-time positions. These may offer valuable professional experience.

 

Q:   How much does it cost to live on Eth Zurich?

A: 

The cost of living in Switzerland is very high. You can gain an overview of the costs you are likely to incur by drawing up a personal budget.

Study and Living Costs for international students (in CHF/semester)

Tuition fee – 730

Other compulsory semester fees

academic sports association - 35

students association – 32

Total – 804

Individual living cost (per year in CHF) are as follows –

Rent – 10,200

Meals – 6720

Public transport – 570

Health insurance – 1320

Other activities – 1920

Total – 20,730

 

Q:   What is the rank of Eth Zurich in the world?

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ETH Zurich, one of the best universities in the world, was established in 1855. A notable public research university with its headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, is ETH Zurich. Since 2021, ETH Zurich has been included among the top institutions in the world by numerous international ranking sources, including THE (Times Higher Education), QS, US News & World Report, etc. These organisations frequently list it as one of Switzerland's best institutions.

ETH Zurich is ranked 11 among Best worldwide Universities by worldwide ranking partner THE (Times Higher Education) University Ranking, up from 15 in 2022. ETH Zurich is listed by QS as the seventh-best university in the world. Its QS ranking is in 2024, up from a score of 9 in 2023. ETH also ranks 29th according to yet another World University ranking 2023.

 

ETH Zurich Admissions Dates 2024

  • Application fees :CHF 150
  • Type of deadline :Regular
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Type of documentsApplicable for
SOPNeeded for few courses
LORNeeded for few courses
EssaysNot required
CVNeeded for few courses
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Fall15ᵗʰ Dec 2022 - 15ᵗʰ Dec 2023
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Q:   How many international students are studying in Eth Zurich?

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At the moment, ETH Zurich is home to almost 25,000 students from 120 different countries, 4, 561 of them are doctorate candidates. A total of 8,200 new students entered the system in 2022, 3,060 of them were enrolled in bachelor's degree programmes.

ETH Zurich is known for producing students that are exceptionally talented and driven. 35% of ETH's student body is international. Particularly at the Master's and doctoral levels, it seeks to draw the top talent from around the world. Admissions to the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science programmes in Engineering Sciences, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and System-oriented Natural Sciences are available at ETH Zurich.

 

Q:   What are the requirements to join Eth Zurich?

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Requirements for undergraduate admission at ETH Zurich 

International students must meet certain requirements in order to enrol in bachelor's degree programmes at ETH Zurich, including proficiency in their first language, their second language, mathematics, the natural sciences (biology, chemistry, or physics), or the humanities and social sciences (geography, history, or economics/law). Candidates must have taken an elective in computer science. 

Documents Required 

  • Copy of passport or identity card  
  • Recognized upper secondary school-leaving certificate.  
  • CV with tables including work experience and schools attended 
  • Language proficiency scores in German 
  • Official transcripts or mark sheets for the last three years of study 
  • Application fee of CHP 150

Postgraduate Admission Requirements for ETH Zurich 
With the exception of a few programmes where teaching is given in German, all master's programmes at ETH Zurich are available in the English language.  

Requirements for Eligibility  
International students must have successfully completed a three-year minimum bachelor's degree in order to apply for a master's programme at ETH Zurich. 180 ECTS credits, or the equivalent of ETH Zurich, or 180 credits if earned from a Swiss University of Applied Sciences, must be completed for the bachelor's degree. 

Required Documents 
transcripts and a baccalaureate 
Valid Language Certificate Curriculum Vitae GRE Score  
A portfolio, motivation letter, and perhaps a letter of recommendation (LOR) are also required for design-related courses. 

 

Q:   How to apply for a Switzerland visa?

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Requirements for Study Visas in Switzerland

The State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) Switzerland has established rules that students applying for a study visa in Switzerland must conform to. These are a few examples of documents that can be used to verify a student's identity and intent to study in Switzerland. Additionally, you'll need to show proof of your credentials and health insurance in order to enrol in any course offered in the nation.

Please be aware that a valid acceptance or offer letter from a Swiss institution or college is required for students to get a "National D" visa.

Documents needed -

  • Valid passport issued within 10 years and with atleast 3 months validity after the scheduled return
  • Passport size photos (4)
  • Visa Application forms
  • Covering Letter or Letter of Purpose
  • Resume (1 original, 1 copy)
  • Offer Letter
  • Academic Transcripts: Secondary School Examination, Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination, University Certificate
  • English Language Proficiency certificate
  • Proof of Funds (1 original, 2 copies)
  • Visa Fee
  • Previous Passport/s if required
  • Travel Insurance, if required
  • School or university’s no objection certificate

 

 

Q:   Can an average indian student from tier 2 / tier 3 cities join Eth Zurich?

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Yes, a typical Indian student from a Tier 2 or Tier 3 city can enrol at ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich). Although ETH Zurich is a prominent and extremely competitive college, it is not just for students from affluent backgrounds or big cities. Admissions at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology are typically competitive, with a 27% acceptance rate, and applicants must meet all eligibility conditions.

If you're interested in applying to ETH Zurich, take into account the following important factors:

Academic Excellence: ETH Zurich maintains demanding academic requirements, so a solid academic history is crucial. Ensure that you meet their entrance requirements in terms of grades and test results, if applicable.

Relevant Bachelor's Degree: Candidates for the majority of master's programmes at ETH Zurich must hold a relevant bachelor's degree. Make sure the programme you want to pursue is compatible with the undergraduate degree you have.

English Language Proficiency: Since English is usually the language of instruction, you'll need to show that you're proficient in the language by taking tests like the TOEFL or IELTS.

English Language Tests Accepted at ETH Zurich 

Minimum Scores Required 

TOEFL iBT 

100 

IELTS 

7.0 

C1 Advanced 

Grade B - 193 min score 

C2 Advanced 

Grade C - 200 min score 

Research and Statement of Purpose: A statement of purpose detailing your research interests and objectives is required by many programmes. Your application may be strengthened by references who can write well and by research experience.

Funding: Take into account the occasionally high cost of living and tuition in Switzerland. Investigate ETH Zurich's and outside sources' scholarship and funding options.

GRE or other standardised tests may be required for admission to some programmes. To see if this applies to you, check the programme requirements.


While ETH Zurich is competitive, it's crucial to remember that they do accept students from a variety of backgrounds. Your application's overall strength, which takes into account your academic record, potential for original research, and relevant experience, will determine whether you are admitted. Don't let the fact that you live in a tier 2 or tier 3 city deter you from applying; instead, concentrate on properly communicating your qualifications and enthusiasm for your chosen field in your application.

 

ETH Zurich Fees, Duration & Entry Requirements 2024

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Courses1st Year Tuition FeesDuration & Eligibility
MS(5 courses)
INR 1 L
Duration18 months-2 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 7 & Above, TOEFL: 100 & Above, GRE
M.Arch(1 course)
INR 1 L
Duration2 years
Exam AcceptedGRE, IELTS: 7 & Above, TOEFL: 100 & Above
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Q:   What is the eligibity criteria for indian students to avail scholarships at Eth Zurich?

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Excellent Master's students are supported by ETH Zurich through the following scholarship programme:

Students are supported by the Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Programme (ESOP) through financial aid, mentoring, and a network of the ETH Foundation. The scholarship pays for all living and tuition expenses during the Master's programme.

Eligibility/Prerequisites
1. Excellent performance on the bachelor's degree programme; grade A for the top 10% of the programme.
2. Please be aware that the selection process may involve a phone/VC interview in February. To ensure that you can be reached, please make sure to include a contact phone number in your CV.
3. You are not eligible for ESOP if you are already enrolled in ETH Zurich's Master's degree course or have a Master's degree.

Applications for ESOP are submitted through the online master application system, eApply.
This also holds true for ETH Bachelor students enrolled in a subsequent Master's programme.

You must upload a pre-proposal for your master's thesis together with the other required documentation for admission to the master's programme. The master's thesis pre-proposal must be created by you and follow accepted scientific citation guidelines.

 

Q:   What is the minimum score required for IELTS in Eth Zurich for indian students?

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The minimum scores required for international students applying for ETH Zurich admission is 7.0 or higher

However, there are other English language test scores accepted by the ETH Zurich and below are the requirements for the same -

English Language Tests Accepted at ETH Zurich 

Minimum Scores Required 

TOEFL iBT 

100 

IELTS 

7.0 

C1 Advanced 

Grade B - 193 min score 

C2 Advanced 

Grade C - 200 min score 

Potential candidates who wish to apply for a master's programme at ETH Zurich may be required to provide minimum scores in addition to those listed in the preceding table. The choice of course used may have an impact on the scores.  

Additionally, a few courses are taught in German, therefore the language requirements for overseas students would also vary here; in this instance, they might be required to present German language competence scores.  

 

Q:   Can students apply for Part-time jobs while studying at Eth Zurich?

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As per student reviews, it is theoretically possible to work while you are studying at ETH Zurich. However, you need to keep in mind that it will be extremely difficult to manage your time because of your course workload and difficulty level. Finding a part time job is not easy for international students as all of them would require you to be proficient at the German language. 

  • Non EU/EFTA students will require a work permit for internships or work opportunities. And a work permit is only allowed if your course mandates you to do an internship.
  • You are permitted to work up to 15 hours per week of paid part-time employment during the semester. Up to 100 percent of the workforce may be employed during the lecture-free period.
  • At the Office of Economics and Labour (AWA), your employer must submit an application for a work permit on your behalf.
    Only when the waiting period has passed and you have a residency permit is this feasible.
  • If you would like confirmation that the employment does not interfere with your education, kindly email the university.
 

Q:   How much is the tuition fee in Eth Zurich?

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The annual calculation of tuition fees is done for convenience. Both residents and foreigners pay the same amount in tuition each year at ethz, which starts at 1,200 USD. Some students are given tuition support by the institution through its financial aid programmes. Both residents and visitors can use them.

According to the ETH Domain Fee Ordinance, both Swiss and International students must pay the following tuition and semester fees:

Student fees: CHF 730 per semester

Enrollment in all courses is included in the tuition. It must be paid for both the master's thesis writing semester as well as each ordinary semester.

One tuition cost applies to students who are enrolled in both a Bachelor's course and a Master's programme that follows immediately after. The tuition fees for each enrollment are due by students who are enrolled in more than one study programme (extra enrollment in a separate course).

 

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Answered 5 days ago

ETH Zurich cost for Indian students is mentioned below with the tuition fee:

Courses1st Year Tuition Fees
MS  (5 courses)
INR 1 L
M.Arch  (1 course)
INR 1 L
Other expenses in 1st Year
Fees componentsAmount (for 1 year)
InsuranceINR 3,46,572
TransportationINR 1,15,524
Academic Sports Association ZurichINR 6,739
Scholarship fundINR 1,348
Student Union FeeINR 7,124
Application FeeINR 14,440
Total approximate feesINR 4,91,747

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ETH Zurich does offer mechanical engineering courses. In-depth knowledge from key mechanical engineering disciplines, including mechanics, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, materials and manufacturing science, control systems, and product development, is integrated into the university's Master of Mech

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To know about the expense students should consider the tuition fees of ETH Zurich:

Courses1st Year Tuition Fees
MS (5 courses)
INR 1 L
M.Arch (1 course)
INR 1 L
Other expenses in 1st Year
Fees componentsAmount (for 1 year)
InsuranceINR 3,46,572
TransportationINR 1,15,524
Academic Sports Association ZurichINR 6,739
Scholarship fundINR 1,348
Student Union FeeINR 7,124
Application FeeINR 14,440
Total approximate feesINR 4,91,747

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ETH Zurich undergraduate admission requirements for international students

International students must meet certain requirements in order to enrol in bachelor's degree programmes at ETH Zurich, including proficiency in their first language, their second language, mathematics, the natural sciences (bi

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Answered 2 weeks ago

The requirements for admission to ETH Zurich differ based on the programme and study level. Generally speaking, admissions requirements look like this:

1.  Programs for Bachelor's Degrees: Successful completion of a recognised upper secondary education, or high school, with distinction. Competence in

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