Discovery Program for Refugees

General Information

The discovery program for refugees is a joint initiative of the International Relations Office and the VSUZH. It enables refugees to attend lectures as guest auditors and to experience student life at the University of Zurich. Please find more information about the degree programs using this link.

The aim is to give refugees the chance to gain an understanding of the course programs and requirements for studying in Switzerland. This allows them to prepare for a later application to the University of Zurich, should this be an option.

The discovery program lasts two semesters. A start is only possible in the autumn semester (mid-September). The semester dates can be found here.

The Program

  • Core Program:
    • Attendance at selected lectures
    • Weekly German language lessons at the Language Center of UZH and ETH Zurich
    • Participation in language conversation groups and other events at the Language Center's Self-Access Center
    • Support and guidance from a student mentor
    • Optional weekly workshops
  • Special events:
    • Welcome and closing events
    • Social events to mix with other discovery program participants and University of Zurich students
    • Information events on the University of Zurich0s admission procedures, courses of study and other education options
    • Training in various skills (IT skills, CV writing, etc.)

Participants of the Discovery Program

  • do not receive a student ID card
  • cannot take examinations or earn ECTS points
  • do not receive any diploma or degree for taking part in the discovery program
  • are not given privileged admission to a Bachelor's or Master's program
  • cannot attend courses at the Faculty of Medicine or the Vetsuisse Faculty

Requirements to participate

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent from a state-accredited foreign university
  • Very good level in the language of tuition (B2 in German and/or English)
  • High interest in studying in Switzerland and capable of independent study
  • Residence permit N, F or B (refugee)
  • Residence in Switzerland, ideally in the Zurich region

Costs

  • No fees are charged for participation in the program
  • Participants must pay for any incidental costs such as books and printing/photocopying themselves

Application

The application window has closed and no further applications are accepted at the moment. The application window for the Discovery Program 2020/2021 will open in spring 2020.

Project Partners

Discovery Semester Committee SSK (VSUZH)

The VSUZH Discovery Semester Committee works with the International Relations Office as chief coordinator of the discovery semesters held at the University of Zurich. Its main responsibility is to recruit and supervise mentors and to organize various social events for mentors and participants throughout the semester.

Do you want to get involved as a mentor? Then go visit their website for more information.

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