Study Abroad in Zurich Past Review

By (Chemistry., Wellesley College) - abroad from 02/17/2014 to 05/30/2014 with

Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich(ETH): Zürich - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Exposure to high-level research and excellent facilities.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Very good facilities, interesting fields of study, top-notch research.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Efficient and all in order.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Stayed in the new WOKO flat near Holzerhurd, good site and reasonable rent.

* Food:


* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? CHF 50
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Zurich is expensive. Get a Halbtax and monthly Abo for travel and don't shop at Coop whenever possible.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Fluent
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Direct Enrollment

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Social life
  • Research facilities
  • Living in Zurich
* What could be improved?
  • Cost!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Teaching and learning style, way the courses are administered.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!