ETH Zurich: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

Program Details

Program Location Zürich, Switzerland
Sponsor Purdue
Program Type Exchange
Course # SA 20276
Duration Spring Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Spring 2024 02/16/24 to 06/14/24
2023-24 Academic Year 09/18/23 to 06/14/24
Page Links
Click here to apply for this program!
Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


ETH Zurich: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

Study at ETH and live in lovely Zurich!

ETH Zürich dates back to the year 1855, when the founders of modern-day Switzerland created it as a center of innovation and knowledge.

At ETH Zurich, students discover an ideal environment for independent thinking. Situated in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, ETH Zurich is pioneering effective solutions to the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

With its nearly 400,000 inhabitants, Zürich is the largest city in Switzerland. While Bern is the political capital, Zürich is considered the business capital. Formerly an industrial town, the focus is shifting to commercial business. With its theatres, concert halls, museums, art galleries, libraries and book shops, Zürich is also a center of cultural importance.

For more program information, please visit the program website.


ETH Zurich: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

The promenade at Lake Zurich.

Students participating in this program take graduate-level courses.  It is suitable for Purdue Engineering and Science majors who have completed at least five semesters of university study by the start of the program.  Applicants should be in good standing. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Agriculture] [College of Engineering] [College of Science]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

Language of Instruction: German & English

Semester Course Load: 12 Purdue credit hour minimum 

ETH courses are going to be rigorous and challenging - befitting a university that's one of the best in the world.

Participants in this exchange will need to take 2/3 of their courses in one department with the remaining 1/3 in other ETH departments.  

ETH offers intensive German courses before the beginning of the semester and regular classes during the semester. Students need to pay a CHF 100 registration fee for intensive courses. 


Housing in Zürich is at a premium. ETH Zurich provides a limited number of furnished single rooms for exchange students. Students who are eligible will receive the application link after admission to the university.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.
Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2023

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue
You will pay Purdue Tuition Check Tuition
Program Fee $0.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month) $32.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,200.00
Housing $4,000.00
Local Transportation $300.00
Visa $250.00
Books and Supplies $400.00
Meals $2,500.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $3,000.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

ETH Zürich offers Purdue students the opportunity to apply for a monthly stipend of CHF 1500 for the study period.

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Academic Year Mar 1
Spring Semester Sep 1

Returnees Information

ETH Zurich: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

The Zurich train station angel.

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email