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Do You Know About ETH Zurich? World’s 10th Best University

Switzerland is a beautiful country and one of the best countries for tourism. It’s astonishing charms attracts thousands of tourists every year from around the world. It is also a very peaceful stable country with a developed economy. People spend hundreds of thousands just to enjoy their vacations in Switzerland. Imagine if you get to live in such beautiful and wonderful country. Well, you can. If you study abroad in Switzerland. You will not only be getting education but also living in a worldly heaven.

But the question students ask if education is Switzerland is good enough after all they can’t select a study abroad destination based on just its beauty. Answer to that is YES! Switzerland is definitely worth it. Its higher education system is ranked world’s 12th best in higher education system strength ranking of QS.


 In addition, the top university of Switzerland is ranked worlds’ 10th best higher educational institute to study in 2017. Its name is ETH Zurich Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. There is also another institute in Switzerland that is ranked world’s 12th best university. Here is link to official website of Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. This institute is the main subject of this article. Here I will tell you about it, its achievement, cost and why should study here.

ETH Zurich Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

It is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics university in the city of Zürich. It was founded by the Swiss Federal Government in 1854 and starting functioning in 1855. It has always been one of the best institutes. It is 4th best European institute. Their medium language of instruction is German and English. All bachelor classes are taught in German and most postgraduate in English language. There are currently over 20 thousand students enrolled here. Of all these students more than 37 percent are foreigner which manifests its global reputation. They have an academic staff of 7,800 to teach and supervise these students. There are also many students societies and clubs found here as extracurricular activity for understudies.

Most Successful Alumni and Achievements

The honor of being called one of world’s top universities is not a piece of cake. It requires a lot of hard work and achievements. Over the centuries, ETH Zurich has made many breakthroughs that shocked the world. ETH Zurich has achieved its most of reputation particularly in the fields of chemistry, mathematics and physics. In 2015, ETH was ranked 5th best and in 2016 it was ranked 8th best university of the world by QS Ranking. There are 21 Nobel Laureates who are associated with this institute. The world famous Albert Einstein studied and taught here when he was alive. Its most famous and Nobel prize winner alumni and associated members are following.


Nobel Prize in Physics

·         1901 Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen (graduate)

·         1920 Charles-Edouard Guillaume (graduate)

·         1921 Albert Einstein (student and professor)

·         1943 Otto Stern (lecturer)

·         1945 Wolfgang Pauli (professor)

·         1952 Felix Bloch (graduate)

·         1986 Heinrich Rohrer (graduate)

·         1987 Georg Bednorz (graduate)

·         1987 Karl Alexander Müller (graduate)

Nobel Prize in Chemistry

·         1913 Alfred Werner (graduate)

·         1915 Richard Martin Willstätter (professor)

·         1918 Fritz Haber (attended for one semester)

·         1936 Peter Debye (professor)

·         1938 Richard Kuhn (professor)

·         1939 Leopold Ružička (professor)

·         1953 Hermann Staudinger (lecturer)

·         1975 Vladimir Prelog (professor)

·         1991 Richard Ernst (graduate and professor)

·         2002 Kurt Wüthrich (professor)

·         Nobel Prize in Medicine[edit]

·         1950 Tadeus Reichstein (graduate)

·         1978 Werner Arber (graduate)

Other Nobel Laureates

·         1912 Nils Gustaf Dalén (in collaboration with Aurel Stodola)

·         1943 George de Hevesy

·         1945 Artturi Ilmari Virtanen (in collaboration with Georg Wiegner)

·         1954 Max Born (in collaboration with Adolf Hurwitz)

·         1964 Konrad E. Bloch (in collaboration with Leopold Ružička and Vladimir Prelog)

·         1968 Lars Onsager (in collaboration with Peter Debye and Erich Hückel)

·         1968 Har Gobind Khorana (in collaboration with Vladimir Prelog)

·         1969 Max Delbrück (in collaboration with Wolfgang Pauli)

Cost of Studying at ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich, unlike other top universities, is not very expensive and affordable for students who deserve it. Tuition fee per semester approximately costs about US$600. This fee is same for all courses and programs. Below shows the complete fees you will have to pay to study at ETH Zurich for each semester.

Type of fee


Total compulsory semester fee

6,500 PKR

  ·         Academic Sports Association Zurich (ASVZ)

3,300 PKR

  ·         Scholarship fund

765 PKR

  ·         ETH Zurich Student Union (VSETH) fee for general services

3,500 PKR


When and How to Apply for Admission

ETH Zurich require you to pass an entrance examination before enrollment. You can apply between 1 November of current year to 30 April of next year. Admission process at ETH Zurich is also simple and just like other universities.

Application period

Submission of matriculation certificate

Admission decision

Registration entrance exam

Entrance exam

Results Entrance exam

Start of the study

November 1 – April 30


July 5

Within 10-30 working days after receipt of matriculation


July 10

August 21 – August 31

September 1

September 18


Here is the link to apply for admission at ETH Zurich.

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Usama Ahmed Awan

The Editor of, Usama is a BZU studied Software Engineer, now  a Teacher, Article Writer, Educational Counselor and Journalist. He has been  writing to assist students selecting the right career path.


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