ETH-Zurich Exchange

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About This Program

  • Location: Zurich, Switzerland – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich)
  • Term: Fall Quarter, Winter/Spring Quarters, Full Year
  • Language of instruction: English and German
  • Eligibility: Open to NU science and engineering students with a GPA of 3.5 or above. Students should plan to attend during the Fall quarter of their Senior year.
  • Program type: Exchange Program
  • Program credits: Minimum Credit Requirement

Application deadline:

  • For Fall Quarter and Full Year: January 15
  • For Winter/Spring Quarters: June 1

Program dates:

  • Fall Quarter: Mid-September - Mid-December
  • Full Year: Mid-September - Mid-June
  • Winter/Spring Quarters: Mid-February - Mid-June

View the program budget sheet for available terms. 

Fall 2017: $31,413

Full Year 2017-2018: $85,339

Winter/Spring Quarters 2018: $42,371

Students applying to this program are eligible for IPD Study Abroad Fellowships and may be eligible for external funding opportunities.

Students participating in this program are subject to the Withdrawal and Refund Policies for Northwestern-Sponsored Programs.


In this exchange program, students enroll directly at ETH-Zurich and take classes together with local and other international students. Students are also able to combine research with courses in a wide range of fields. Northwestern students have the option of studying abroad for a semester or full academic year. Students pay Northwestern tuition and are responsible for travel and all other expenses (including room and board). Information on the visa process can be found through the Swiss federal department of foreign affairs.

Host Institution

ETH-Zurich ranks among the top 10 universities in the world. With 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.

Housing & Meals

The university does not provide on-campus housing, but there are many private residence halls that offer housing and meals in Zurich and the surrounding area. ETH also provides resources to find accommodations. 


Students at ETH may take classes in engineering, computer science, materials science, industrial management and manufacturing, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, earth sciences and environmental sciences. 

Students will receive a transcript issued by ETH, and course credit will be eligible for transfer back to Northwestern as long as students earn course grades of C or better. Refer to the Credit Transfer Page for information on the "C" grade equivalent and minimum credit requirement for this exchange program.