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)
  • Distance 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 of Swiss Universities for students with a foreign degree, please consult the list of countries of Swiss Universities.

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 origina<l exam questions.

Reduced ETH entrance exam annual course 21/22

Subjects
Basic course
(25.01.21 – 14.08.21)
Intensive Course
(06.09.21 – 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 annual course 21/22

Subjects
Basic course
(25.01.21 – 14.08.21)
Intensive course
(06.09.21 – 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.

Reduced ETH entrance exam annual course 22/23

Subjects
Basic course
(24.01.22 – 06.08.23)
Intensive course
(05.09.22 – 14.01.23)
Annual course
(24.01.22 – 14.01.23)
Number of lessons per week total per week total total
Mathematics 11 264 11 175 440
Physics 9 216 9 144 360
Chemistry* 4 96 4 64 160
Biology* 4 96 4 64 160
Total
(Native speakers)
28 672 28 448 1’120
German*
(C1 for non natives)
8 160 8 104 264
Total
(Non natives)
36 832 36 552 1’384

Comprehensive ETH entrance exam annual course 22/23

Subjects
Bais course
(24.01.22 – 06.08.22)
Intensive course
(05.09.22 – 14.01.23)
Annual course
(24.01.22 – 14.01.23)
Number of lessons per week total pro Woche total total
Mathematics 11 264 11 176 440
Physics 9 216 9 144 360
Chemistry* 4 96 4 64 160
Biology* 4 96 4 64 160
English* 4 80 4 60 140
History* 3 60 3 45 105
Geografy* 2 40 2 30 70
German Literature* 2 32 2 26 58
Total
(Native speakers)
39 884 39 609 1’493
German*
(C1 for non natives)
8 160 8 104 264
Total
(Non natives)
37 1’044 47 713 1’757
* 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.

Prices

Please find the price list here.