Upon Arrival

Welcome Programm for Exchange Students

In the beginning of the semester we hold a number of events to help you find your way around Zurich and the university: Information sessions about registration and health insurance, presentations of the most important offices and contact points, introductions to the main libraries, intercultural workshops, and so forth. As an exchange student you will receive a detailed schedule a few weeks before your studies at UZH begin.

Please note that this information applies to exchange students and regular visiting students only. International Master's students (degree-seeking students) will receive their information here.

Registering in Switzerland

After entering Switzerland you have to register at the local residents’ registration office (Kreisbüro) within 14 days in order to receive your residence permit. You will find more detailed information about registering in the info sheet “Registration”.

Residents' Registration Offices ("Kreisbüros")

Information Sheet: Registering at the Kreisbüro (PDF, 154 KB)

Obligatory Health Insurance

Health insurance is compulsory for people who stay in Switzerland for more than three months. Upon your registration you will be contacted by the health services department of your place of residence in this regard.

Students from EU countries who are legally insured in their home country are exempted from buying regular Swiss health insurance if they have a European Health Insurance Card or have purchase a special Swiss health insurance package for international students. Further information can be found here:

Factsheet "Health Insurance in Switzerland" (PDF, 165 KB)

Private Liability Insurance

This insurance (in German "Privathaftpflichtversicherung") covers any damage inflicted by you on other persons or their property. Although private liability insurance is not mandatory in Switzerland, we strongly recommend arranging such an insurance policy.