The allocation and nomination of students for exchanges at partner universities for non-subject-specific agreements are done by Global Student Experience.
Global Student Experience defines the selection criteria and process for these. The agreements are so-called "Diverse" agreements. and are indicated as such in the search portal. The video will show you to how to find the right host university via the search portal.
You must submit your application on the Mobility Online database. You can list up to three universities from different exchange programs in the application form.
- Letter of motivation: The letter of motivation should consist of at least one A4- and at most two A4-pages. Depending on the departmental coordinator of your subject the letter of motivation has to be issued in German, English or in the teaching language of the host university.
- Proof of language skills: Please consider the requirements of the departmental coordinator of your subject. If the departmental coordinator does not define any requirements, the proof can also be in the form of an explanation (PDF-document). In this explanation please demonstrate how you plan to achieve the required language skills of the host university until the start of your exchange.
- Provisional Study Plan/learning Agreement
- Download Guidelines Learning Agreement (PDF, 245 KB)
- Download Provisional Study Plan Template (PDF, 221 KB)
- Current transcript of records
- Passport photo
- A copy of your passport / identity card (+if applicable: CH-residency permit)
- Proof of your enrolment (e.g. copy of your validated student ID card)
- Fill in all three priorities in your application form on Mobility Online. The chances of receiving an offer are higher if multiple priorities are selected, though of course this only applies if you are equally interested in the universities in priorities two and three also.
- You are free to mix priorities from different exchange programs (SEMP, university-wide, etc.). Please note the different application deadlines. The complete application must be submitted by the earliest deadline stipulated.
- You can also indicate that you are flexible in your choice of university in your letter of motivation. Should be not be able to offer you any of your three priorities, we may suggest a spot at a different university.
- Choose your universities based on academic factors. A strong application entails a letter of motivation that outlines the academic value of your choice in detail, and emphasizes the importance of an exchange at precisely that university.
- Inquire with your subject which universities could be particularly suited to you, and read the experience reports on our website.
Criteria for Allocation of Exchange Spots
- submission of complete application documents on time
- previous academic achievement
- letter of motivation, particular mention of academic benefit of exchange stay
- provisional study plan: obvious engagement with courses on offer and availability of creditable courses
- sufficient knowledge of the language of instruction at partner university
Not all "Diverse" agreements are open to all students, even though these may show up in the search portal. Please verify whether you are eligible for these universities before you apply (requirements of partner university on their websites, notes in the search portal etc.).
Once you are nominated for an exchange by UZH it is up to the partner university to make the decision on your final admission. It is your job to find out about semester dates, language requirements, and course availability at the partner university, and to submit the relevant confirmations and diplomas.
Application to the Partner University
A separate registration from the student is required by most universities. Please clarify this well in advance. In most cases, you can obtain information from your departmental coordinator or directly from the partner university. Be sure to adhere to the partner university's deadlines!
The final decision on your acceptance lies with the partner university. However, students nominated by UZH are generally accepted.
Information on Completing your Exchange
Further information on your SEMP exchange can be found here: Organizational Matters
Link to Mobility Online.