Information for Incomings

Are you interested in studying social and cultural anthropology at the University of Zurich (UZH) for one or two semesters?

We look forward taking you in! You may study social and cultural anthropology at BA, MA and PhD levels in Zurich. Enjoy surfing the pages of ISEK-Anthropology:

In the semester plan you may find information on current courses at our department, concerning schedules, contents, requirements, lecturers. The language of title and further information indicates the language of teaching. Here you may find the complete UZH course catalogue; sort by semester (on top rights) and by faculty/ subject.

If you have any questions, please contact our mobility coordinator Juliane Neuhaus at

For your application for Zurich, please get in contact with the mobility coordinator of your home university and proceed in the following three steps:

  1. Apply directly to your home university for participation in the SEMP program (Swiss-European Mobility Program). SEMP is currently replacing ERASMUS + in Switzerland. Here you will find further information from UZH (International Relations Office) on prerequisites, procedures, forms, language skills, financial support:
  2. Once you have been nominated by your home University for studying in Zurich, you will receive an email from UZH's International Relations Office and you submit your application online.
  3. Complete the required documents in our database Mobility Online.

Please make an appointment (by email) with our mobility coordinator Juliane Neuhaus as soon as you arrive. We will sign your Learning Agreement and I may provide you with further information on studying with us.

For a good introduction to your studies at ISEK-Social Anthropology, we refer to our semester greeting (Semesterbegrüssung). Every semester, it takes place in the first week of lectures on Tuesday at 16.15h. For more details, please refer to our Agenda.

Switzerland for Incomings

In autumn 2018 and in autumn 2019, we offer a module specially designed for our Incomings: "Switzerland for Incomings". The module "Switzerland for Incomings" is targeted at exchange students of all disciplines being guest at the University of Zurich. It's conducted interdisciplinary (popular culture studies and social anthropology) and multilingual (English/ German

The course opens up vistas on Switzerland in the perspectives of anthropology and cultural studies. Together, we discuss and generate knowledge of everyday life in present Switzerland. Moreover the course imparts basic skills in different ethnographic methods. Assessments have the form of several blog entries and one presentation. We combine web-based learning with learning extra muros (outdoor), explorative learning and the application of ethnographic methods. In class, we read and discuss texts. Additionally, students participate i.e. in systematic observations at selected sites. We impart knowldege of different ethnographic methods.

Course Materials: Texts are to be read in preparation for the classes. They can be downloaded from OLAT. Languages: English and German.

It is credible as a thematic module with 6 ECTS credits for exchange students only. Please sign up for this module with Juliane Neuhaus: