Incoming (EN)

Below is an overview of the most important information and links.

Planning a mobility semester


Look into existing exchange programs at your home university that will make your stay at UZH easier in terms of administrative procedures. The website of the UZH International Relations Office also provides a good overview.

Exchange programs


If there is no program or bilateral agreement between your home university and UZH or our faculty, it is possible to organize a stay with us as a visiting student independently. The UZH Admissions Office website will give you an overview of independently organized studies at UZH as a visiting student.

Visiting students


Visiting students with a foreign educational background should contact the UZH Admissions Office.

Admissions office


Lectures and courses taught in EnglishAll Master's programs at our faculty are conducted in English. About 95 percent of all third year Bachelor - and Master's level courses are taught in English. The basic curriculum of the Bachelor program is primarily in German, although some lectures are also held in English.


In our online Study Guide (Wegleitung) you will find all courses for students of Biology.


Selecting courses and booking modules


Recognition of UZH credit points at your home university

You must check with your university in advance whether a specific module can be transferred to your home university for credit. The great freedom in course selection you have when booking modules at UZH does not mean that the courses will automatically be recognized by your home university. The eligibility for transfer of credits is entirely their decision. You will find detailed descriptions of the modules in the UZH course catalogue.

Course catalogue


Selecting course (modules)

Except for a few courses with limited space, all of the modules in the Bachelor's and Master's levels at our faculty can be booked by mobility students.

A List of recommended lectures and courses taught in English in the Fall and Spring semester can be downloaded here (pdf (PDF, 65 KB)). Please always check the course catalogue for updates and new contents.


Note: A review of the performance of incomings at our faculty has shown that relatively many courses are completed with a failed attempt. We therefore urge you to carefully study the prerequisites for the courses you wish to take, which are listed in the descriptions in the course catalogue, and to take them into consideration. If you are uncertain about specific prerequisites, ask us for clarification. We advise you not to register for more than 20 - 30 ECTS credits per semester. It may also be helpful for you to use the buddy system of the Student Association of the Faculty to learn about appropriate courses for incomings.

Buddy system of the Biology Students Association


You will find the courses offered at the Faculty of Science in the course catalogue.  Search by using the module codes, e.g. BIO 360, BM E322, INI 401 or UWW 183 to simplify the use of the course catalogue.


Booking the selected courses (module booking tool)

In order to participate in a course, you must book (or drop, as appropriate) the module in due time by the deadline published in the course catalogue using the module booking tool. You are then automatically registered for the exam. Remember, therefore, to book the modules within this time period, and to drop in due time any modules you do not wish to attend.

Module booking tool

Transcript of records

As soon as your grades have been recorded in the system, you can also view the summary of credits online.

Summary of credits


Exchange students who have booked modules during their stay in Zurich can download their transcript in the UZH student portal/launchpad. The transcript lists the grades for all the courses you booked at UZH, including those you did not pass.


Grades for courses attended at the Language Center or at ETH are automatically transferred to the UZH transcript of records.


The official transcript is available for download at the beginning of March (for the previous fall semester) or at the beginning of October (for the previous spring semester) and is issued in German and English. Both versions can be downloaded from your personal student account.


You can also order a printed version of the transcript for a fee through the student portal/launchpad. This document will be sent to the address you have given in the UZH database. Please make sure to check the address and change it if necessary.

UZH online service


For questions regarding the transcript of records, please refer to us or the Office of Student Affairs of the Faculty of Science.

Office of Student Affairs


Your home university is responsible for the recognition of credits you earned at UZH.

UZH grading system

Examination results at UZH are evaluated with grades from 1 to 6. Quarter grades are permitted. The grades have the following meanings:


UZH Grades meaning




very good







< 4.00




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