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Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH ZüRICH)

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Student Exchange Office, ETH Zentrum, CH-8092 Zurich, Switzerland
3.79 / 5 based on 54 reviews.

Programmes
Accreditations
66% of students recommend
54 reviews
Housing
3.9/5
All experiences (54)
Student life
4.2/5
5 stars (6)
Academic
3.8/5
4 stars (30)
Languages
3.9/5
3 stars (12)
Expenses
3.3/5
2 stars (6)
Overall
4.2/5
1 star (0)
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54 reviews of Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich

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HOUSING    
by kanoute, Helsinki University of Technology, Helsinki, Finland
Mathematics, Erasmus
Personal assessment
Cost
KEY:
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Disappointing.
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - My choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why? I want to have my own peace at home, so the only type of housing I would consider is an own apartment.
Personal comments:
none
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STUDENT LIFE    
by kanoute, Helsinki University of Technology, Helsinki, Finland
Mathematics, Erasmus
Personal social experience
Activities
KEY:
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
So-so.
Did not get involved.
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Describe host city: Students equally interact with the local and student community
Nightlife, Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
The whole NIederdorf area is fairly good. Palavrion is a good bar/club. Kaufleuten etc. are good but expensive.
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ACADEMIC    
by dechauxnicolas, Ecole des Mines de Nancy, Nancy, France
Mathematics, Erasmus
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
KEY:
Fantastic.
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Disappointing.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
All the Adanced courses in Financial Maths are very demanding but extremely interesting (the professors are of a very high level : top 5 of Europe in Financial Maths in ETH Zurich



My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
KEY:
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
Personal comments:
The professors are not always easy to contact (a lot of the academic questions have to be asked to the teaching assistants which is sometimes quite frustrating) The courses are in English of perfectly understandable German (Hochdeutsch), but sometimes the local students ask their questions in the Swiss German dialect which is totally impossible to understand for foreign students

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by Michele, Università degli Studi di Pavia, Pavia, Italy
Engineering, Electrical, University Agreement
Language difficulties
Social
KEY:
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction.
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my knowledge
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: At ease in most situations
How much did you improve your local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Basic phrases
Personal comments:
The problem in Zurich (and deutsch switzerland) is that people speak a special "german slang" called Swiss-German. It's difficult also for germans to understand it so this can be a problem for social life. Regarding work and instruction, Switzerland is a cosmopolite and well organized country,therefore english is well spoken at any level. It must be reminded that italian french and german are the nation languages.
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EXPENSES    
by dechauxnicolas, Ecole des Mines de Nancy, Nancy, France
Mathematics, Erasmus
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
KEY:
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Main source of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Other sources of funding:
Family
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits:
Switzerland has not a reputation of a country where everything is cheap. This is true globally. Compared to my former University in Nancy, France, Zurich was really expensive. If you compare it to Paris, this is not so evident...
Overall, Nightlife, Travel, Telephone: was more expensive than at home.
Food, Housing: was the same price as at home.
Personal comments:
Health Insurance is expensive in Switzerland, as well as restaurants. As regards travel, buy "Halbtax" and "Gleis 7" and you will save a lot of money.
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OVERALL    
by dechauxnicolas, Ecole des Mines de Nancy, Nancy, France
Mathematics, Erasmus
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
KEY:
Very Important.
Important.
Not really important.
Unimportant.
Culture
Costs
Activities
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
I had already been in the French-speaking part of Switzerland (Geneva, Lausanne) and thought it would be the same in Zurich. But it is not, the "Roestigraben" between the french-speaking part and the german-speaking part of Switzerland is not an invention of guide books. I did not believe that Swiss people were so proud of themselves and had so many "clichés" about other European countries (not France especially).
In my opinion:
Most people loved it.



During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
KEY:
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Traveled
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
ETH Zurich is a good choice if you want to meet students from all over the world and if you do not want to go too far away from France (less than 100 kms from French border, easy to go back to France if needed). The academic level of the institution is very high (especially, Computer Science, Maths, Chemistry), equivalent of some of the best american universities in some areas of study.



FINAL COMMENTS

Travel tips : - better to be Ok with German before you go (quicker integration) -Switzerland is at the center of Europe, a lot of travel opportunities (go to Lucerne, skiing in Winter week-ends, Oktoberfest in Munich and Bavaria, Italian coast is not so far (Venice)).
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