Information for Refugees

The University of Zurich wants to help refugees gain access to university education. The Coorindation Office START! STudy at the International Relations Office is responsible for coordinating the various services available.

General information

If you have questions about tertiary-level education in Switzerland and in particular about START! Study – University Integration Program at UZH, please contact the Coordination Office.

Please find brief information and useful links on the Swiss education system at tertiary level on our FAQ page.

If you would like to find or more about some of the education opportunities and services available to refugees in Switzerland and abroad, visit Other Education Options.

Information on news and events in the field of (tertiary) education and migration can be found on our news page.

Studying at the University of Zurich

Refugees who would like to complete a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, or PhD at the University of Zurich must follow the regular admission requirements

You will find general information on the Swiss education and university system at our subpage FAQ Studying and Education or at, a website run by the Swiss Student Union, VSS. Moreover, swissuniversities keeps a list showing the admission requirements of the Swiss universities for people with foreign education. 

START! Study – University Integration Program at UZH

START! Study – University Integration Program at UZH is a joint project run by the International Relations Officeand the University of Zurich Student Association (VSUZH). The project is supported by federal funding for integration (State Secretariat of Migration), the Integration Office of the Canton of Zurich and private foundations. By preparing refugees interested in studying in Switzerland for the demands of tertiary level training and continuing education, the program plays its part in integrating refugees into the labor market both sustainably and in line with their potential.

Scholars at Risk

The University of Zurich is a member of the Scholars at Risk organization. Scholars at Risk is an international network of universities working to safeguard academic freedom and protect researchers who are under threat.

The University of Zurich is also a member of the Scholars at Risk Switzerland Section, founded in 2017.