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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 09/15/2020 10/07/2020 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Exchange Sponsor: UGA
Partner Institution: ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (FICE: 900077) Type of Instruction: Lecture, Tutorial
Classes With: Local Students Language of Instruction: English, German
Taught By: Host Professor(s) Housing Location: Off-Campus, On-Campus
Housing Type: Dorm/Student Residence Work Opportunity: No
Volunteer Opportunity: No Scholarship Availability: Yes
Academic Area: Agricultural and Applied Economics, Agriculture, Agriscience and Environmental Systems, and Genomics, Animal and Dairy Science, Animal Nutrition, Animal Science, Applied Biotechnology, Biochemical Engineering, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Biological Engineering, Computer Systems Engineering, Ecology, Entomology, Environmental Economics, Environmental Economics and Management, Epidemiology, Food Animal Medicine, Food Science, Foods and Nutrition, Genetics, Horticulture, Nutrition Science, Plant Biology, Plant Breeding, Plant Pathology Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: No
Program Description:

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UGA Exchange, ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich is one of the leading international universities for technology and the natural sciences. It is well known for its excellent education, ground-breaking fundamental research and for implementing its results directly into practice.

Founded in 1855, ETH Zurich today has more than 20,000 students from over 110 countries, including 4,000 doctoral students. To researchers, it offers an inspiring working environment. To students, a comprehensive education.

Twenty-one Nobel Laureates have studied, taught or conducted research at ETH Zurich, (including Albert Einstein) underlining the excellent reputation of the university.

Program Location

eth zurich 2Zürich is the largest city in Switzerland and the capital of the canton of Zürich. It is located in north-central Switzerland at the northwestern tip of Lake Zürich. The municipality has approximately 400,028 inhabitants, and the Zurich metropolitan area 1.83 million. Zürich is a hub for railways, roads, and air traffic. Both Zürich Airport and railway station are the largest and busiest in the country.

Permanently settled for around 2000 years, Zürich has a history that goes back to its founding by the Romans, who, in 15 BC, called it Turicum. However, early settlements have been found dating back more than 6400 years ago. During the Middle Ages Zürich gained the independent and privileged status of imperial immediacy and, in 1519, became a primary centre of the Protestant Reformation in Europe under the leadership of Ulrich Zwingli.



UGA students can exchange to ETH Zurich for the fall semester, spring semester, or academic year and receive UGA credit toward their degree.  

Students must choose one of the three departments with which UGA has an exchange agreement.  
Environmental Sciences
Agricultural Sciences
Food Sciences 
Please check the ETH course catalog for a full list of course options. 

Two thirds of student’s course credits (i.e. 16 out of 24 ECTS credits) must be offered by the department they are applying to. One-third of the credits can be taken from other departments and/or the University of Zurich. 
Read the ETH study plan guidelines for more information about courses.
Course numbers are categorized by department: 
701-xxxx-xxx Environmental Sciences (D-USYS) Girl on Mount Matterhorn
751-xxxx-xxx Agricultural Sciences (D-USYS) 
752-xxxx-xxx Food Sciences (D-HEST)

During the application process, students must submit a Transfer Credit Approval Form to determine if and how the courses would transfer back to UGA. 


The CAES Office of Academic Affairs offers a scholarship of $3,000 plus a travel allowance of up to $1,500 to support CAES students on the ETH-UGA exchange. Students can apply on the CAES scholarship site. Students not enrolled in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences are not eligible for this scholarship.
Application deadlines: 
Fall semester – February 1st
Spring semester – September 15th 

Information Sheet
General information about living in Zurich

Contact Information

Ms. Amanda Newquist
Director of Experiential Learning
CAES Office of Academic Affairs
207 Hoke Smith 
Athens, Georgia 30602

Ms. Colleen Larson
Global Education Advisor, Office of Global Engagement
Global Engagement Building
1324 S. Lumpkin Street
Athens, GA 30602

Academic Program

Course Offerings:
Course Catalog
Study Plan Guidelines
ETH Zurich Study Program Info for Exchange Students 

German language courses (offered prior to the start of each semester, as well during semester), agri-food and environmental economics, animal sciences, nutrition, genetics and behavior, applied biotechnology, biological, biomedical and computer engineering, entomology, food science, engineering, nutrition and health, food systems ecology, horticulture, plant sciences, plant and animal ecosystems, sustainable food and agriculture.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • UGA student in good academic standing
  • No language requirement for students who will take courses taught in English
  • GRMN 3010 required for those seeking to enroll in subjects where German is language of instruction

Program Itinerary

Fall: September - December
Spring: February - June

Academic Calendar


ETH Zurich Accommodations

Additional Program Information

Website for incoming exchange students
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Handbook for International Students

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Program Reviews:
Fall 2018 Participant
I felt very safe in my student apartment. It was clean. The location was perfect and it was great to be living with other exchange students. My only wish was that it had more furniture for seating besides a desk chair and dining table.

Caroline Louise Phillips, Calendar Year 2016 Participant
Zurich is a very expensive city to live in, so I ended up spending a significantly higher than usual amount of money than I would in Athens. I think the exchange program was definitely worth it though. I met so many people, experienced a new culture, and learned to be more independent.

Fall 2018 Participant
I was worried the workload was going to be too heavy and take away from other important aspects of being abroad, but it did not. I think this is because of the specific courses I chose- interesting electives rather than important major courses.

I feel more comfortable seeking educational or career opportunities outside of Georgia. I am able to live far away from the comforts of home and family and be okay! I can also live somewhere with serious, distinct seasons. I could see myself living abroad again.
     — Kendall Sewell, Fall 2018
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