ONE OF EUROPE’S BEST

The largest and best known Swiss univer­sity has a lot to of­fer in­ter­na­tional stu­dents. By Son­ali Achar­jee

India Today - - STUDY ABROAD -

Founded in 1833, the Univer­sity of Zurich ( UOZ) traces its ori­gins back to 1525 when the col­leges of the­ol­ogy, law and medicine were founded by Huldrych Zwingli. These col­leges later merged to­gether along with a new col­lege of phi­los­o­phy to form the cur­rent univer­sity. Home to 2,000 fac­ulty mem­bers in 140 dif­fer­ent spe­cial in­sti­tutes, the univer­sity to­day of­fers stu­dents the widest range of sub­jects and aca­demic spe­cial­i­sa­tions avail­able at any Swiss in­sti­tute of higher ed­u­ca­tion. These are de­liv­ered through the univer­sity’s seven fac­ul­ties of study which in­clude the fac­ulty of the­ol­ogy, law, eco­nom­ics, medicine, arts, sci­ence and vet­eri­nary sci­ences. With 24,000 stu­dents and 1,900 grad­u­ates each year, UOZ is also the largest univer­sity in Switzer­land. “I was first at­tracted to the univer­sity af­ter read­ing about the 12 No­bel Lau­re­ates that grad­u­ated from the in­sti­tute,” says Priyam­vada Nath, 32, a med­i­cal stu­dent from Delhi who will be ap­ply­ing to UCZ this year.

The fac­ulty of medicine at UOZ has 2,600 stu­dents en­rolling yearly with 220 of them com­plet­ing federal ex­am­i­na­tions in hu­man medicine and 40 in den­tistry. More than 700 ded­i­cated aca­demic staff are in­volved in teach­ing ac­tiv­i­ties at the fac­ulty, mak­ing it one of the largest in main­land Europe. To­gether with the Federal In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy in Zurich ( ETH), the fac­ulty also pro­duces some of the most noted re­search work. “I am par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in neu­ro­science so was happy to note that UOZ has nearly 100 re- search groups in the field and 440 sci­en­tists work­ing in its Com­pe­tence Cen­tre for Neu­ro­sciences ( CCN),” adds Nath. Aside from pro­vid­ing re­search op­por­tu­ni­ties for leading sci­en­tists, the CCN’s three- year doc­toral pro­gramme is im­mensely pop­u­lar amongst beginners and stu­dents.

Aside from its aca­demic her­itage, the univer­sity also of­fers stu­dents a range of dif­fer­ent ser­vices, from its very own net­work of hos­pi­tals and clin­ics to a main li­brary that holds a collection of two mil­lion books and a one- of- a- kind zo­o­log­i­cal mu­seum. The univer­sity also con­ducts spe­cial events for prospec­tive stu­dents as well as first year stu­dents ev­ery year to an­swer any doubts and queries. Stu­dents are also taken on spe­cial vis­its to ma­jor Zurich at­trac­tions such as the opera house, the theatre ( Schaus­piel­haus), the con­cert hall ( Ton­halle) and art mu­seum ( Kun­sthaus). Club nights, bar crawls and café meet- ups are also part of life here. An­other perk of study­ing at UOZ is get­ting ac­cess to over 100 dif­fer­ent stu­dent so­ci­eties and sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. Be it In­dol­ogy, Mo­tion Pic­ture Sci­ences, Busi­ness In­for­ma­tion Sys­tems or So­cial Think Tanks, the univer­sity has a di­verse range of in­ter­est and study groups.

So if you’re look­ing to pur­sue your higher stud­ies in Europe, the low tu­ition fees, hi- tech in­fra­struc­ture, easy ac­ces­si­bil­ity and fac­ulty rep­u­ta­tion of UOZ is well worth keep­ing in mind.

The main li­brary at UOZ that holds a collection of two mil­lion books

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