The academic year at the University of Zurich runs from the start of September to the end of June and is divided into two semesters:
- Semester 1: August to January
- Semester 2: February to July.
Find out more about semester dates at the University of Zurich.
Courses at the University of Zurich are predominantly taught in German, however there is a range of courses taught in English.
Students have access to several libraries in Zurich. The most important ones for students are the Zentralbibliothek (Central Library) and the Hauptbibliothek Universität Zürich-Irchel (Main Library of the University of Zurich, Irchel Campus).
Along with the numerous libraries at the University’s departments and institutes, Zurich's libraries have over five million books as well as a large number of journals and electronic databases. In addition, students can borrow books from more than 60 libraries throughout Switzerland by inter-library loan. All libraries offer excellent facilities, including work spaces, computer access, reading rooms and copy machines.
During orientation, all exchange students receive their student ID and the necessary information to gain access to the University's electronic services.