Princeton Program: ETH Zurich
Princeton’s undergraduate exchange agreement with ETH Zurich allows Princeton undergraduates to spend the fall semester at ETH engaging in a combination of research and course work in the Departments of Biology, Mathematics and Computer Science.
Although the principal language of instruction at ETH Zurich is German, an increasing number of upper-level courses are taught in English, including in the three departments that receive Princeton students.
An intensive course in advanced German is offered in the weeks prior to the semester. Beginners and advanced learners can enroll in courses at all levels of proficiency during the semester. At least one language course is free of charge for exchange students.
ETH Zurich, or The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, is one of the world’s leading institutions in science and technology and is known for its outstanding research record. Indeed, 21 Nobel Laureates are associated with ETH. Excellent research conditions, state-of-the-art laboratories, and an attractive urban environment add up to the ideal setting for study abroad.
About 370 professors in 16 departments teach mainly in the engineering sciences and architecture, system-oriented sciences, mathematics and natural sciences areas and carry out research that is highly valued worldwide. Approximately 12,000 students from over 80 countries attend ETH Zurich.
Zurich is Switzerland’s largest city and is known as the city with the world’s highest standard of living. While Berne is the political capital, Zurich is considered the business capital. With theaters, concert halls, museums, art galleries, libraries, and bookshops, Zurich is also a center of cultural importance. Situated on the Lake of Zurich and the river Limmat, surrounded by hills, and within easy reach of the Alps, Zurich is a naturally beautiful and very pleasant city in which to live.
Zurich has excellent air, rail and road connections. Euro City and Inter City trains from all directions stop at the central station. Within the metropolitan area, a combined network of public transportation links rapid suburban rail, tramways, buses, and boats. Switzerland is a multilingual country. Approximately 65% of the population speaks Swiss German. The three other national languages are French (Western Switzerland), Italian (Southern Switzerland), and Romansh (South-Eastern Switzerland). German, French, and Italian are equally recognized. Swiss German is used for almost all oral communication, whereas Standard German is the language used for written communication.