FAQ Inbound Exchange Students

What is the structure of the UZH Bachelor and Master programs in English Literature and/or Linguistics?

Bachelor level:

In the Bachelor major program in English Literature and Linguistics, there are seven different module groups. These module groups consist of modules, which in turn may contain one course (e.g. the “Bachelor Thesis” module) or a range of different courses (e.g. the “Literary Histories: Cultural Contexts” module) or different parallel classes of the same course (e.g. the “Introduction to Linguistiscs” module). An overview of the seven module groups and their corresponding modules can be found  here.

Master level:

In the Master major program in English Literature and/or Linguistics, there are nine different module groups. These module groups consist of modules, which in turn may contain one course (e.g. the “Colloquium in English Literature” module) or a range of different courses (e.g. the “Research Seminar in English Literature” module) or different parallel classes of the same course (e.g. the “Methods and Theories in English Linguistics” module). An overview of the seven module groups and their corresponding modules can be found here.

Which courses are open to all English Department inbound exchange students?

 

General information

  • Exchange students on the Bachelor level should choose courses from the module groups English Linguistics and/or English Literature, as well as any lectures offered by the English department.
  • Exchange students on the Master level should choose Research Seminars in Linguistics and/or Literature, as well as any lectures offered by the English department.

In any case, discuss course options and choices with the English Department study abroad coordinator.

 

Lectures

Lecture courses are usually an oral presentation by the lecture instructor providing students with fundamental information about the lecture's subject. They usually award 3 ECTS and are assessed in a final written exam at the end of the term. Please note that lectures usually operate on a pass/fail system and are not graded.

 

Seminars

 

Bachelor Level

Seminars are more discussion-oriented and, depending on the instructor and module, involve a learning portfolio and/or an oral presentation by each course participant and/or an oral exam. Additionally, in each seminar, students must write a term paper (4,000-5,000 words). Bachelor seminars award 6 ECTS.

 

It is strongly recommended to book no more than three of the 6 ECTS seminars per semester.

 

Master Level

Seminars are more discussion-oriented and, depending on the instructor and module, might involve a learning portfolio and/or an oral presentation by each course participant. Additionally, in each seminar, students must write a term paper (8,000 words). Master seminars award 9 ECTS.

 

It is strongly recommended to book no more than two of the 9 ECTS seminars per semester.

Are inbound exchange students from other departments allowed to take courses at the English Department?

Usually, exchange students who do not study English as a major or a minor at their home university can only take lecture courses at our department. If you are a student of Comparative Literature, Comparative Linguistics or similar and wish to study at the English Department, please contact the study abroad coordinator to discuss your choices.

Where can students find the courses offered during their exchange semester at UZH?

You can find all the courses in the UZH course directory.

(Philosophische Fakultät > Bachelor of Arts (Bologna 2020) OR Master of Arts (Bologna 2020) > Hauptfach 120 (Bachelor) OR Hauptfach 90 (Master) > Englische Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft > «zu den Modulen»)

What are ECTS credits?

Please note that our credits are ECTS credits. ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) is a system that regulates the accumulation and transfer of credit points. This system encourages the transparency within the European higher education system and fosters student mobility within Europe. One ECTS-credit point (also called ‘credit point’) stands as an entity that measures the workload of a student from a time perspective. At the UZH, an ECTS-credit point stands for a workload of 30 working hours and is being allocated on the basis of examined study achievements. ECTS is based on the principle that 60 credits measure the workload of a full-time student during one academic year.

How are courses graded at the UZH?

Grades for academic achievement are given on a scale of 1 to 6. The highest grade is 6, the lowest 1; the lowest passing grade is 4. Half and quarter grades are possible. Ungraded assessments are evaluated on a «Pass»/«Fail» basis, or are marked as «Fulfilled»/«Not Fulfilled» or with a «W» (Module in Progress). You can find more information here.

When do the semesters start/end?

Please find information on semester dates, lecture timetable etc. here.