Financing for Exchange and Studying Abroad

Financing for Exchange

Heyning-Roelli Foundation
The Heyning-Roelli Foundation supports talented but financially disadvantaged students with contributions towards travel and living costs. The benefits are 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 (SEMP or worldwide agreements).

  Heyning-Roelli Foundation


Exchange Programs
Exchange students may be entitled to receive a grant within the framework of the particular program:

  • SEMP students generally receive a grant to cover travel and living costs. For 2019/20, the subsidy amounts to CHF 1,600 per semester.
  • Students doing an exchange stay in the framework of a university-wide agreement may receive a financial contribution from the University of Zurich.
  • Some partner universities may also offer grants to exchange students.

Swiss-European Mobility Programme

Worldwide University-Wide Exchange Agreements


Strategic Partnership with the University of Geneva
The University of Zurich supports the exchange with its strategic partner in the University of Geneva. UZH students, who study one or two semesters at the University of Geneva in the framework of CH-Unimobil, can apply for a scholarship from the International Relations Office. To apply, please fill in the application form (PDF, 699 KB) and send all the required documents to email address mentioned in the form by the deadline.


Scholarships 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 at the International Relations Office. The International Relations Office 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 March 10 (for the following academic year).

For more information on the application documents please visit here

Website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation


Funding Instruments Iran
Undergraduate and master students of the University of Zurich who wish to complete a study stay at an Iranian institution of higher education can apply for a scholarship granted by the cooperation between UZH and Iranian institutions. A maximum of CHF 1'200 per month and person can be applied for. The next closing date for applications concerning the academic year 2018/19 is March 16, 2018.

Further information on the scholarships and the related requirements can be found here.


Mobility Loans from the Student Financial Aid Office
Students have the possibility to apply for loans for their exchange stay at the Student Financial Aid Office.

You can find more information here.

Financing for Studying Abroad

Fondation Zdenek et Michaela Bakala
Registered in Geneva, the Fondation Zdenek et Michaela Bakala supports talented Master’s students and doctoral candidates who wish to study or conduct research outside of an exchange program at a prestigious British or American university.

Information on Bakala-Stiftung

Website Fondation Zdenek et Michaela Bakala


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

Other Financing Opportunities

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