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Finances and Scholarships

UZH Mobility Scholarships for Semester Stays, Research, and Traineeships Abroad

How about an exchange semester at the National Taiwan University or the Charles University in Prague? Find out for which partner universities you could receive a UZH mobility scholarship or a SEMP 'worldwide'-scholarship. Apply for the exchange spot; a separate application for the scholarship is not required.

List Partner Universities with Scholarship (PDF, 76 KB)

New: Scholarships for Chemistry, Business Chemistry and Biochemistry students


Exchange made simple(r)

Have you never considered going abroad during your studies due to financial constraints? Are you faced with other obstacles such as familial responsibilities? UZH actively advocates for the promotion of diversity in student exchanges.

Global Student Experience awards mobility scholarships to students for whom, for different socioeconomic reasons, mobility is out of the question without a stipend. Applications for these must be actively submitted alongside your application for an exchange spot, or with your application for funding for a SEMP-Traineeship on our Mobility Online plattform. Please note the information included in our Merkblatt UZH-Mobilitätsstipendium "Austausch leicht(er) gemacht" (PDF, 75 KB) for the application process.

Heyning-Roelli Foundation

The Heyning-Roelli Foundation supports talented but financially disadvantaged students with contributions towards travel and living costs.Financing is aimed at Bachelor’s and Master’s students who wish to study for one or two semesters at a partner university within the framework of an exchange program or who are required to spend time abroad in order to write their Master’s thesis.

  Heyning-Roelli Foundation

Scholarships within the Framework of the Swiss-European Mobility Programme SEMP

Students who do their exchange within SEMP normally receive a grant for their travel- and accommodation expenses automatically.

The calculation of the grants is based on the effective duration of the lectures (not taking into account introductory events and examinations which take place outside of the lecture period). Scholarships amount to 1'330 CHF per trimester (2-3 month stay) and 1'900 CHF per semester (over 3 month stay), respectively. 

SEMP scholarships are also available for stays outside of Europe in some cases. These amount to 1'750 CHF per trimester (2-3 month stay) and 2'500 CHF per semester (over 3 month stay), respectively. 

A separate application for this scholarship is not necessary.

Swiss-European Mobility Programme

Further Financing-Options

Student Financial Aid Office

The Student Financial Aid Office is the office that deals with all matters related to financial assistance at the University of Zurich. The staff there helps UZH students with limited resources and low parental income obtain grants and loans. They also support students in the event of short-term financial straits, help lodge appeals, provide information on student rights, and offer comprehensive advice on all financial matters.

Student Financial Aid Office


Office of Funding for Individuals and Projects
For further financing options, please refer to the Office of Funding for Individuals and Projects. The office provides information and advice to junior academics on research funding and grants for junior researchers, on opportunities for participating in European Union research programs, and on options for cooperating with the private sector and promoting the related technology transfer. You will find information about various funding opportunities for studying and working abroad on the office’s website.

 Funding for Individuals and Projects

External Financing for Studies at a University Abroad

Scholarships from swissuniversities for Studies Abroad
On behalf of the Swiss government, the scholarship service run by swissuniversities manages scholarships offered by foreign governments to Swiss students and, in some cases, to researchers for a stay abroad.



Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation
The purpose of the Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation is the encouragement, development and support of top research in the fields of engineering and environmental sciences, in the field of all medieval disciplines (languages and literature, philology, history, history of art, musicology, philosophy, theology, "Medieval Studies") as well as in the field of Digital Humanities at the intersection of Medieval Disciplines and Computing.

Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation


Financing from the Italian Government

The Italian government awards scholarships each year to a few selected students (MA, PhD) from Swiss universities, who plan to study or research for one or two semesters at an Italian university.

Interested students can apply through Global Student Experience. TGlobal Student Experience will nominate good applications from students who could not go on an exchange in Italy through the SEMP programme. After being nominated students then will need to apply at the Italian embassy in Bern, who will make the final decision on awarding the scholarships.

Please send your applications as a PDF file to The deadline is April 25 (for the following academic year).

Website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

UZH Short Program Scholarships (Summer/Winter Schools)

Global Student Experience awards mobility scholarships to students for whom, for different socioeconomic reasons, a short term mobility is out of the question without a stipend. If you think that you are elgibile for an inclusive scholarship, please submit the registration form linked below and provide the additionally required documents. Once you have completed the registration, our team will check it for completeness and enable access to the questionnaire for the inclusive stipend. More information regarding the questionnaire will be made available via email.

 Click here for the scholarship registration form.

Please note that your application will only be evaluated if it is submitted in full (incl. questionnaire and additional documents) before the start of the summer school. If you have any questions, please reach out to

Financing for Traineeships

The Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP) offers financial support for all traineeships within Europe (STREAM or self-organized). Recently, limited funding for internships outside of Europe has also become available. 

further information on SEMP

Weiterführende Informationen

Matriculation and Semester Fees

As an exchange student, you remain matriculated at the University of Zurich and continue to pay semester fees to the University of Zurich. At almost all partner universities, you are exempt from paying semester fees. An exception is the agreement with Italy, in which the selected universities are free to decide on the exemption.

SEMP goes worldwide

From the Spring Semester 2022 onwards, SEMP scholarships will be granted for exchanges within the non-subject-specific agreements at individual universities outside Europe. Students will receive an amount of CHF 2'500.- per semester. The scholarship is bound to the exchange place and a separate application is not necessary. You can find a list of the corresponding universities here.