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ETH Zurich Exchange Program

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Sponsor: Northwestern University Office of International Program Development (IPD)

Location: Zurich, Switzerland


In this exchange program students enroll directly at ETH-Zurich and take classes together with local and other international students. Ranked among the top 10 universities in the world and boasting 21 Nobel Prize winners associated with the institute, ETH has a well-deserved reputation for state-of-the-art research. ETH is located in Zurich, which is consistently rated as one of the best places in the world to live. 

Students are also able to combine research with courses in engineering, computer science, materials science, industrial management and manufacturing, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, earth sciences and environmental sciences.

Program Type: Northwestern-Sponsored


  • Full Year
  • Fall
  • Winter/Spring

Term Notes: Summer research opportunities available; contact IPD for details.


  • Open to NU science and engineering students

Languages: German, English

Language Requirements: 

  • For students interested in taking courses taught in German, at least 2 years or the equivalent of college-level German is required.


  • ETH has no accommodations but assists students in finding nearby residence hall-like housing.

Program Costs: 

Visit the IPD program page for cost information.


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