Europe (SEMP)

Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP)

UZH currently has over 400 exchange agreements in 50 disciplines with some 200 partner universities throughout Europe. UZH students can study for one or two semesters at a European partner university within the framework of the Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP).

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Requirements and Registration

Read here to discover which prerequisites need to be fulfilled for an exchange at a European partner university and how to apply.

Key Information


Organizational Information

Read here to find out which organizational steps need to be taken prior to, during and after your period abroad.

Before Going Abroad

During Your Stay Abroad

After Returning to UZH

Background Information on Erasmus

Erasmus, the European Union's education and training program, was set up in 1987 with the aim of promoting cooperation and mobility between European institutions of higher education.

The University of Zurich's participation in Erasmus began in 1992. With the status of a third party country, Switzerland was able to participate indirectly in EU educational programs, and therefore in Erasmus, until 2011. At this point, it became a full member and remained so until 2013.

The current version of the program, Erasmus+, entered into effect in 2014. Following the Swiss referendum on “mass 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 prepare an interim solution of indirect participation in Erasmus+ for the academic year 2014/15.

The interim solution is called the Swiss-European Mobility Programme and follows the precepts of Erasmus+.

Current Information on Erasmus+ Website of the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation