Preparation Course for the ETH Entrance Exam

ETH Zurich is one of the most renowned universities worldwide. It is regularly rated as the leading university in continental Europe in international rankings (THE, QS, ARWU) and has produced 21 Nobel Prize winners. In its 16 departments, ETH Zurich offers 23 Bachelor and 43 Master courses.

  • On-site course (basic course incl. access to the online learning platform)
  • Correspondence course (incl. access to the online learning platform)
  • Private lessons
  • Blended learning (combination of on-site course, correspondence course and/or private lessons)

Requirements

  • Good knowledge of German (at least level B2 at the beginning of the annual course), as both the lessons and the entrance exam are held in German
  • Good knowledge of English (at least level B2 at the beginning of the annual course for the comprehensive entrance examination)
  • Good basics in mathematics & physics

Informationen about the exam

ETH Zurich offers two types of entrance exams: the comprehensive and the reduced entrance exam:

Reduced entrance examination: If the candidate has a specialist background that corresponds to that of a Swiss Matura, the reduced entrance examination is sufficient in most cases.

Comprehensive entrance examination: If the Swiss Matura’s own educational background is only partially identical (e.g. subjects that are necessary for the Swiss Matura are missing), the comprehensive entrance examination must be completed. More information on the admission requirements for the entrance exams and ETH can be found HERE.

For more information on the admission requirements at Swiss universities for students with a foreign degree, please consult the list of countries of the “Swiss Universities”. There will be no ETH entrance exams in 2020. The next exam dates are January 18-28, 2021. Registration closes April 30, 2020.

Course structure for on-site course

The following table provides an overview of the number of lessons in the individual course modes (advanced, intensive or annual course) as preparation for the reduced and comprehensive entrance exam. The subjects can all be booked modularly.

Intensive Course

In this course the entire exam subjects will be repeated and mock exams (oral and written) will be carried out with original exam questions.

Reduced ETH entrance exam annual course 19/20

Subjects
Basic course
(28 Oct 19 – 17 Jul 20)
Intensive course
(07 Sept 20 – 15 Jan 21)
Annual course
(28 Oct 19 – 15 Jan 21)
Number of Lessons per week total per week total total
Mathematics 8 240 11 165 405
Physics 8 232 8 120 352
Chemistry* 4 96 4 60 156
Biology* 4 96 4 60 156
Total
(Native speakers)
24 664 27 405 1’069
German**
(C1 for non natives)
8 240 4 56 296
Total
32 904 31 461 1’265

Comprehensive ETH entrance exam annual course 19/20

Subjects
Basic course
(28 Oct 19 – 17 Jul 20)
Intensive course
(07 Spet 20 – 15 Jan 21)
Annual course
(28 Oct 19 – 15 Jan 21)
Number of Lessons per week total per week total total
Mathematics 8 240 11 165 405
Physics 8 232 8 120 352
Chemistry* 4 96 4 60 156
Biology* 4 96 4 60 156
English** 4 120 2 28 148
History** 3 90 2 28 118
Geography** 2 60 2 14 74
German literature** 2 60 2 14 74
Gesamt
(German speaking)
35 994 33 489 1’483
German**
(C1 for non-natives)
8 240 4 56 296
Total
(Non-natives)
43 1’134 37 545 1’779

*Until January 31st 2020: 2 lessons per week

** If there are four or fewer participants in these subjects, we reserve the right to reduce the number of lessons.

The results of the German exam must be submitted to ETH Zurich when you register for the entrance exam.  

Reduced ETH entrance exam annual course 21/22

Subjects
Basic course
(25.01.21 – 14.08.21)
Intensive Course
(13.09.21 – 15.01.22)
Annual course
(25.01.21 – 15.01.22)
Number of lessons per week total per week total total
Mathematics 11 275 11 165 440
Physics 9 225 9 135 360
Chemistry* 4 100 4 60 160
Biology* 4 100 4 60 160
Total
(Native speakers)
28 700 28 420 1’120
German*
(C1 for non natives)
8 184 7 91 275
Total
(Non natives)
36 884 35 511 1’395

Comprehensive ETH entrance exam annua course 21/22

Subjects
Basic course
(25.01.21 – 14.08.21)
Intensive course
(13.09.21 – 15.01.22)
annual course
(25.01.21 – 15.01.22)
Number of lessons per week total per week total total
Mathematics 11 275 11 165 440
Physics 9 225 9 135 360
Chemistry* 4 100 4 60 160
Biology* 4 100 4 60 160
English* 4 100 4 40 140
History* 3 75 3 30 105
Geography* 2 50 2 20 70
German Literature* 2 46 2 26 72
Gesamt
(Native speakers)
39 971 39 536 1’507
German*
(C1 for non natives)
8 184 7 91 725
Total
(Non natives)
37 1’155 46 627 2’232
* If there are four or fewer participants in these subjects, we reserve the right to reduce the number of lessons.
The results of the German exam must be submitted to ETH Zurich when you register for the entrance exam.
Mathematics exercises in half classes in the intensive course: everyone can do this in a small group   Questions can be discussed in an informal setting with enough time.

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