Study Abroad Places for Students of English Only (incl. SEMP)

General Information

The English Department has a number of exchange places at Bachelor as well as at Master level, both within and outside of Europe.

Most of these exchange slots are part of the Swiss-European Mobility Program (SEMP). This exchange program allows you to study at one of our partner universities in Europe for a period of 5-10 months (i.e. one or two semesters). In addition, there are some bilateral agreements.

All contracts with partner universities need to be renewed on a regular basis. Thus, the following list is subject to change.

List of Exchange Slots (for Students of English Only)

Country University BA MA
Austria Universität Wien 1 x 1 Sem.
Canada Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax 1 x 1 Sem. -
Finland University of Helsinki 1 x 1 Sem. 1 x 1 Sem.
University of Tampere 1 x 2 Sem. 1 x 2 Sem.
Germany Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena 1 x 1 Sem.
Ireland Trinity College Dublin 1 x 1 Sem.* -
New Zealand University of Auckland - 1 x 1 Sem.**
Romania Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca 1 x 1 Sem.
Spain Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona 1 x 2 Sem. -
UK University of Aberdeen 2 x 1 Sem. -
University of Manchester 1 x 2 Sem. -
Plymouth University 1 x 2 Sem. -
University of Sheffield 1 x 2 Sem. 1 x 2 Sem.
University of Warwick, Coventry

1 x 1 Sem.

Queen Mary University of London

1 x 2 Sem.


2 x 1 Sem.

2 x 1 Sem.***

* For English Literature only.

** Places in Auckland are only available in 'even' years (e.g. Fall 2018, Fall 2020, etc.).

*** Fall semester only.

Please note: Work done at Bachelor level cannot be accredited toward a Master program.

Costs, Application Forms, and Deadlines

The costs vary. For exchanges within Europe (SEMP program) the costs involved in such a stay abroad are basically only living expenses; in addition, there is usually a small stipend (though this is not guaranteed). Exchanges outside of Europe will be more expensive as there is no stipend. However, once you have been given a place, you are free to apply to the ES Alumni Student Fund for a small travel grant.

In both cases, however, you remain enrolled at the University of Zurich, and tuition fees at the host university are waived.

Please note that, following the Swiss referendum on 9 February 2014, the European Union suspended negotiations on Switzerland's full participation in the EU education programme Erasmus+. The interim solution is called Swiss-European Mobility Programme and follows the precepts of Erasmus+.

Application dossiers must be uploaded to Mobility Online.

The deadline for applications for 2020-2021 is December 1, 2019.

Application and Assessment Form


Note: Download the forms and open them with a PDF tool (e.g. Adobe Reader) to fill them out electronically.