Founded in the year 1833, UZH was Europe's first university to be established by a democratic political system; today, UZH is one of the foremost universities in the German-speaking world.
Made up of seven faculties covering some 100 different subject areas, the University offers a wide variety of Bachelor's, Master's and PhD programs.The academic excellence of the University of Zurich brings benefits to both the public and the private sectors not only in the Canton of Zurich, but throughout Switzerland. Knowledge is shared in a variety of ways: in addition to granting the general public access to its twelve museums and many of its libraries, the University makes findings from cutting-edge research available to the public in accessible and engaging lecture series and panel discussions.
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.
At UZH, junior scholars can assume various roles when going through these career steps. In general, the individual phases are linked to some type of employment (for example, a research associate), but often only serve to designate a person's title or academic status. Junior academic positions for PhD candidates and postdocs are by nature temporary. The appointment to a permanent professorship (called a “chair” (Lehrstuhl) at UZH) as an associate or full professor is the final phase in an academic career.
The University of Zurich neither owns nor rents out any student rooms. In fact, none of the universities in Zurich administrate student accommodation. Housing for students is offered by different institutions that are connected with the University, but operate independently.Since the demand on housing is high, it is important to start looking for accommodation in good time and to explore every possible avenue. The Housing Office of University / ETH Zurich issues an overview of useful addresses, if you’re looking for reasonably priced accommodation as well as accommodation at short notice. Accommodation offers can also be found on the various notice boards in the University buildings and institutes.
Main Library of the University of ZurichThe Main Library of the University of Zurich specializes in mathematics, science, and medicine and has three sub-libraries:
Public transportation in the city of Zurich is dense and well planned, and residents can get around by bus, streetcar, regional train - even by boat. There is a discount for students under the age of 25. Bicycles are an inexpensive alternative to public transportation.You can find more information about getting around in the city on website of the City of Zurich, where there are maps for pedestrians or cyclists, walking tours, and other information (website in German):
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.
The University of Zurich Student Association VSUZH is anchored in the University Act as an independent legal entity. The Association represents the interests of all UZH students at the University and in the public sphere.
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