Europe: SEMP and Erasmus+

Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP)

UZH maintains some 460 exchange agreements in 50 subjects with over 200 partner universities throughout Europe. Students at these partner universities can study one or two semesters at UZH within the framework of the Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP). SEMP is a Switzerland's interim solution to replace the currently suspended participation in the European education program Erasmus+.

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Financial Aid

SEMP incoming students are eligible for financial aid from the Swiss government. You should apply for aid when you submit your application to be an exchange student at UZH.

Requirements and Application

Click here to learn about the requirements and the application process to be an exchange student at UZH.

In a nutshell


Switzerland and the Erasmus+ Program

The European Union’s education and training programme Erasmus was set up in 1987, with the aim of promoting cooperation and mobility between European institutions of higher education. Switzerland was an official partner of the program between 2011 and 2014.

Following a Swiss referendum on immigration in February 2014, the European Union suspended negotiations on Switzerland’s full participation in Erasmus+, and again declared Switzerland a third party country. In March 2014 the Swiss government decided to develop an interim solution of indirect participation. The interim solution is called Swiss-European Mobility Programme and follows the precepts of Erasmus+. The continuity of this interim solution is guaranteed for the academic year 2017/18.