Under a faculty-wide agreement, students are generally only allowed to participate in an exchange once. If you participate a second time, students applying for the first time will be prioritised. Under the SEMP agreements, it is possible to participate in an exchange stay of up to 12 months at any level of study (bachelor's, master's, doctoral).
For student exchange, the following types of agreements exist:
A detailed description of all agreement types can be found here.
No, at the start of the exchange semester, the assessment stage must be completed entirely and all additional requirements must be fulfilled at the master's level.
No, you can only take part in an exchange if you still need to collect ECTS points for your degree.
In principle, yes. However, as an exchange student it is required that you also attend courses. If you plan to write only your Bachelor's or Master's thesis, then you will have to be reclassified as an intern. All requirements for the SEMP internship can be found under the following link. It is mandatory that the thesis is supervised by a faculty member of the UZH Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics.
Summer school courses are not part of the regular mobility offer (mobility semester at a host university). Credit transfer of summer school courses is generally treated very restrictively at our Faculty and is only possible in individual cases. If a credit transfer is possible, it is generally done with a maximum of 3 ECTS credits in the free elective area. A credit transfer of summer/winter Schools is not possible for Informatics students.
The most important thing is to start planning well in advance. At the start of the exchange semester, you must already have successfully completed the assessment stage respectively have fulfilled all the additional requirements at MA level. At Bachelor level, the 5th semester is recommended, at Master level the 3rd semester. The application deadline for the coming fall semester as well as for the following spring semester is January 15 (e.g., deadline 15 January 2024 for exchange in HS24/FS25). Each year, remaining spaces for the FS are advertised in July.
Participation in the «OecMobility - Outgoing-Info-Event» and the «GSE - Global Experience Talk» is recommended. On the website of the Faculty, you can find all the information about the outgoing mobility. On this website you can find information about the agreements, application, Transcript of Records, Learning Agreement (LA) etc.
An overview of all partner universities can be found on the map of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics. More detailed information on all exchange opportunities is provided in the search portal on the GSE (Global Student Experience) website.
You can find all the information on the GSE (Global Student Experience) website.
Students who go on an exchange under the SEMP agreement will usually automatically receive a grant to cover travel and accommodation costs. This grant is paid in two parts (80% at the beginning of the exchange, 20% after the submission of the testimonial).
Students planning an exchange via university-wide (GU), or faculty-wide agreement can find all the latest information on financial aid opportunities on the GSE (Global Student Experience) website.
The application tool Mobility Online (MobOn) is open from 1 November to 15 January. In the summer, there is a subsequent nomination phase for the remaining open spaces with an application deadline in July.
All applications must be submitted, or documents uploaded electronically via the Mobility Online application tool (MobOn). The application tool will be open from 1 November. As soon as an application has been submitted and all documents have been uploaded, the review and evaluation by the OecMobility team can begin. Exchange places will not be allocated until after the application deadline (15 January).
In Mobility Online (MobOn), there is a registration window in which you can choose three desired universities regardless of the type of agreement. The general application procedure in MobOn does not differ. However, there are differences regarding application documents (see points 3.5 and 3.6).
Yes, please write a letter of motivation for each partner university you have chosen as a priority. You can address the letter of motivation for university-wide agreements to the GSE (Global Student Experience), the SEMP and faculty-wide agreements to the OecMobility team of the Faculty of Economics. As there is only one upload slot for the motivation letter in Mobility Online (MobOn), the letters of motivation should be uploaded together in one PDF.
You can find all information here.
The OecMobility team confirms language proficiency if students can present a language certificate. You can obtain this from the Language Centre for the courses you have taken. If you are enrolled in a study program in English, the OecMobility team will provide you with a corresponding confirmation (email@example.com).
On the GSE (Global Student Experience) website there is a template for a provisional study plan (downloads). A study plan must be prepared for each partner university (with a university-wide agreement). However, applicants can also create their own study plan. When creating a study plan, it is important that applicants have familiarized themselves with the study programs offered by the partner university (if possible) and with the credit transfer possibilities. In Mobility Online (MobOn) there is only one field to upload the study plan, therefore study plans should be uploaded in one PDF.
Nominations are made from March to around the end of June by the OecMobility team and the GSE (Global Student Experience). The nomination deadlines of the partner universities are very different. In some cases, nominations can only be made at the end of summer for the spring semester. Once nominated, students will receive a confirmation email.
Yes, absolutely. The allocation criteria for SEMP and faculty-wide agreements apply to all applications. If an allocation for the first priority is not possible, the application will be considered for an allocation for the second and third priority.
No, since there are only a certain number of places available per academic year (not per semester), it does not matter which semester you apply for. So, you do not increase your chance to get a place if you choose FS or HS. It is not possible to fill out the application form twice.
You can apply for all Business Administration and Economics exchange places.
In principle, yes. However, in rare cases (family situation, illness or similar) the mobility semester can be cancelled (cancellations to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and to the partner university). Please consider that, depending on the time of cancellation, the space cannot be filled again. This is unfortunate, because presumably other students would have liked to take up the offer for an exchange semester.
Applications are reviewed according to three evaluation criteria:
Applicants with the highest rating are awarded the free places first. However, this rule is softened to further promote student mobility. As far as possible, all suitable applicants should be offered an exchange place. Whenever more applicants apply to a partner university than there are places available, by indicating the various priorities and thanks to clever distribution, it is usually possible to accommodate everyone. However, this means that the students with the best applications do not always receive a place at their preferred destination.
The following criteria are also considered when allocating places:
The following applications will be rejected/cancelled:
Applicants who are eligible for an exchange but do not receive a free place due to their chosen desired destinations will not receive a direct rejection. After the allocation of places, they will be sent the list with the places still available for selection.
In principle, yes. However, if you have an average or low average grade, the chances of success are rather low. Some of our partner universities require a certain average grade or good academic performance. It is possible that an application was rejected due to the applicant's average grade, even though there were still places available. If the application was rejected despite a good average grade, it is recommended to improve the application (e.g., additional qualifications, internships, etc.).
As a rule, yes. Under certain circumstances there could be delays, e.g., if the host university provides the grades late. Students who complete an exchange semester in their last semester should contact the OecMobility team of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss deadlines for submitting a request for their credit transfer. It is generally recommended that students enrol for an additional semester after graduation. If graduation is achieved, de-registration may be requested. Tuition will be waived or refunded if already paid.
The Learning Agreement basically serves to clarify which academic achievements completed abroad can be credited to your studies in Zurich and is a prerequisite for receiving the SEMP scholarship. However, the creditability of the achievements is only confirmed by means of the credit transfer agreement (also not by e-mail). The Learning Agreement is therefore not a binding confirmation of creditability. Please carefully check the information on the website regarding credit transfer.
By the end of the second week of the exchange semester. If, in exceptional cases, your definitive Learning Agreement is not yet available, upload a provisional version to Mobility Online (MobOn) by the end of this deadline. The definitive version can be submitted later by email to the OecMobility team (email@example.com).
See point 4.2.
All mobility students of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics must sign a credit transfer agreement before starting their exchange semester. In this agreement, the creditability of the individual modules is bindingly recorded for you. The exact procedure and the legal basis for filling out the credit transfer agreement can be found here.
Information can be found on the GSE (Global Student Experience) website.
The responsibilities of the GSE and the OecMobility team can be found in the table below:
Global Student Experience (GSE)
You can find the testimonials in the Mobility search portal.
Mobility Online (MobOn) is the application tool for exchange semesters. Students must register when using it for the first time and can log in at any time thereafter. All application documents must be uploaded to MobOn. The operation of the tool is largely self-explanatory (info buttons are available for individual steps).
Since the Mobility Online (MobOn) pages for initial registration and login for the application tool look the same, confusion is easy. Please note that after successful initial registration via the registration page, all students will receive a confirmation email with a link. Please use only this link to log in to MobOn.
No. If the place offer or place allocation contains an error (e.g., wrong semester) we ask students not to reject the offer but to contact the GSE (Global Student Experience) (firstname.lastname@example.org) first. Once the place offer has been rejected, it is no longer possible to change the place offer for technical reasons.