Like any form of education, studying at ETH Zurich costs money. In addition to tuition fees and semester fees amounting to CHF 644, most importantly there are living costs to consider too. It is estimated that students spend CHF 16,000 to CHF 26,000 on study and living costs each year.Scholarships
It is primarily the responsibility of students and their families to finance studies. If their funds are insufficient, students may file a scholarship request.
ETH Zurich supports excellent students wishing to pursue a Master’s degree at ETH with two scholarship programmes:
Excellence Scholarship/Master Scholarship
Oskar Jeger Scholarship
H. Günthard Masterscholarship
If you have questions regarding the financing of your studies, please contact the Financial Aid Office.
ETH Zurich offers various scholarships.
Scholarships for study and living costs
Funding studies is primarily the responsibility of the student and his/her immediate family. ETH Zurich can offer students a scholarship if they and their family cannot afford this funding, provided that the students can demonstrate that they are making adequate progress with their studies.
Scholarships from ETH Zurich are always intended to provide subsidiary funding. In other words, they are designed to supplement other financial resources, and in particular other scholarships from the student’s canton of residence or country of origin. ETH Zurich scholarships do not completely cover the costs of studies and living. Swiss students and students who have taken up residence in Switzerland are entitled to scholarships covering up to 60% of these costs, while foreign students may receive a contribution of up to 40%.
Scholarships from special funds
There are special scholarships available for some study programmes. These scholarships are usually awarded on the basis of conditions such as a particularly good academic performance, the choice to pursue a particular field of study or the student’s nationality.
Study grants from various foundations
There are a number of foundations in Switzerland and abroad which offer grants of various sizes to support young people in education. It is worth researching these funding opportunities online or making enquiries at your local authority.
ETH Zurich supports outstanding students who wish to pursue Master's degree studies by offering two scholarship programmes:
- Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Programme (ESOP)
- Master Scholarship Programme (MSP)
Swiss government scholarships
The Swiss Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS) awards scholarships for postgraduate studies to foreign students with a university degree.
Scholarships for cost of living/studying
Scholarships for foreign students
Foreign students resident in Switzerland (type B residence permit) who are in Switzerland solely for study purposes should first find out in their country of origin whether they can obtain a scholarship for study abroad.
Foreign Bachelor’s students can apply for an ETH scholarship when they have passed their first-year exams. Foreign Master’s students who have not completed their BSc at the ETH may apply for a scholarship after they have successfully completed the second semester of their Master’s programme.
Handing in your scholarship application
Applications for ETH scholarships cover the whole year of study (HS and FS). A new application must be made for every year of study.
Students in their first semester must hand in their application by the end of the second week of the Autumn Semester. Students in later semesters must hand in their application between 1 March and 30 June for the following year of study. Applications handed in after the end of the second week of the semester will be considered for Spring Semester only. This applications have to arrive at Financial Aid Office by the end of the second week of Spring Semester at the latest.
Application forms and information leaflets can be obtained from the Financial Aid Office.
Scholarship applications for the ETH must be made on the appropriate form and sent to the Financial Aid Office.
You can order the application form here.
Bachelor’s students’ initial applications must be handed in by the end of the second week of the Autumn Semester. Students in later semesters must hand in their application between 1 March and 30 June for the following year of study. A new application must be made for every year of study. Application forms and information leaflets can be obtained from the Financial Aid Office.
Scholarship applications must be made on the appropriate form and be sent to the Financial Aid Office.
Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Programme / Master Scholarship Programme
Main contentETH Zurich supports excellent students wishing to pursue a Master’s degree at ETH with two scholarship programmes:
Under the Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Programme (ESOP) students receive a special scholarship for the duration of their programme as well as specific supervision. The scholarship covers the full study and living costs during their Master’s degree course.
Under the Master Scholarship Programme (MSP) students receive a partial stipend during their Master’s degree course and the offer of an assistantship.
Who can apply?
The scholarship programmes are open to excellent students both from the ETH and from other universities (national and international) wishing to pursue their Master’s degree at ETH Zurich. The prerequisite is a very good result in their Bachelor’s. Students must belong to the best 10 percent of their Bachelor’s programme.
The application consists of
no application form available at the moment
a letter of motivation
a pre-proposal for your Master's thesis (see the separate guidelines on how to write a pre-proposal (PDF, 21 KB))
letters of recommendation from two professors
All information provided in the application must be complete and correct. The pre-proposal for the Master's thesis must be developed by the applicant him/herself and use established scientific citation practice.
Plagiarism, negligent or intentional misinformation will lead to exclusion from the admission process or - if discovered later - to the revocation of the admission and of any scholarship.
If you are applying for more than one Master’s programme, please submit a separate application form for each degree programme.
You can only apply for an Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Programme or a Master Scholarship Programme if you, at the same time, apply for a Master's degree programme at ETH Zurich (or if you, as an ETH Bachelor student, continue with a consecutive Master's degree programme). If you are already enrolled in a Master's degree programme at ETH Zurich, you are not eligible to apply for this scholarship anymore.