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Absence in the first lesson
Bachelor’s and Master’s students: If for any reason you are unable to attend class in the first week, you must notify your lecturer personally (email or phone) in advance. Failure to do so will result in your exclusion from the course. If there is a waiting list for the course, the next person on the waiting list will be given your place.

Accreditation of ECTS points
At the end of each course, the Language Center issues certificates for those course participants who have satisfactorily completed all course requirements. Certificates state the number of ECTS points that the participant is entitled to. However, the accreditation of ECTS points to your degree is not automatic and is not the responsibility of the Language Center. For more information on the accreditation of language course results, click here.

Ancient Greek (Graecum)
Information about courses, materials, and tests are available on the Graecum website (in German).

Annulment of enrolments
Enrolments from UZH and ETH Zurich Bachelor’s and Master’s students are annulled if they miss the first lesson of a course they are enrolled in without having notified their lecturer about their absence in advance. Their place on the course is given to someone on the waiting list.
The Language Center reserves the right to annul enrolments of course participants after the course has started if the lecturer finds that the student’s language level clearly does not match the course level.

ECTS points are awarded only for progress that is made and verified in conjunction with a language course. (For certification of language levels, see: Certification)

Auditors
We do not accept auditors in our classes. The only exceptions are the Latin and Ancient Greek courses. (However, you must be enrolled as a student during the semester in which you audit the course.)

 


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Certificate of Attendance
Course participants who don’t need ECTS point or who have not completed the assignments needed to get ECTS points can have their course attendance certified. In order to get a Certificate of Attendance, you must have attended at least 2/3 of the total number of lessons. For courses of 26-28 lessons, this amounts 18 lessons; for courses of 52-56 lessons, 36 lessons; and for courses of 14 lessons, 9 lessons.

Certification
Click here for information about certification of your language level.

Certification of language skills, official certificates
Information on language certificates is available at:

German as a Foreign Language
English
French
Italian
Spanish

 

Confirmation email
Fee-paying courses: Once you have sent off your online form to enroll in a fee-paying course (for PhD students, MAS students, and UZH/ETH Zurich staff), you will receive an automatically generated email confirming that your enrolment form has been logged in the Language Center database. After a few days, you will receive an email stating whether or not you have a place on the course. Your enrolment is only valid if you receive an email confirming that you have a place on a course.

Student courses: Once you have sent your online enrolment form for one of the courses on the student program, a browser window will appear, confirming receipt of your enrolment form. The window asks you to ensure that you have chosen the right course – you are urged to choose carefully because you can enroll in only one language course per semester. If you click “Confirm enrolment,” your enrolment will be logged in the Language Center database, and you will receive an email confirming receipt of your enrolment. After a few days, you will be informed by email whether or not you have a place on the course. Your enrolment is only valid if you receive an email confirming that you have a place on a course.

Consultations
The Language Center offers language consultations to UZH and ETH students, PhD students, and staff. You can book a consultation if you need advice on

  • Long-term planning of your language learning
  • Learning autonomously in addition to taking a language course
  • Specific learning requirements that are not covered in our course program
  • How best to structure your work with a tandem partner if you feel unsure about your tandem learning

You will find more information on how to book a consultation under the language you are learning and under the Self-Access Center section of our website.

The Self-Access Center offers consultations on autonomous learning and provides support for individual learners and learning partnerships.


Contact
To contact the Language Center, go to http://www.sprachenzentrum.uzh.ch/ueberuns/index_en.php

Course content

Information on the content of all of our courses is available online in the course description of each individual course.

Course costs
You will find information about the cost of fee-paying courses in the online course description of the relevant course.

Course materials
Information about materials used in a course is available in the course description of the relevant course.

Course venues
Rooms for courses are published on our website a week before the beginning of semester.

Courses in several parts (prerequisites)
For courses that run at several different language levels, it is not essential that you complete a course at a lower level before taking one at a higher level. However, you must have the necessary skills at the lower level in order to attend a  more advanced course.

For courses that run over two semesters at the same language level (for example, as Part 1 and Part 2), you can (in most cases) take the courses individually (just one part) or in either order (Part 1 before Part 2, or Part 2 before Part 1). More information is given in the online course description of the relevant course.

Credits
See “"ECTS points"

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DELE
The Language Center offers preparation courses for the Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera (DELE) test (see Spanish course program). However, the Language Center is not a DELE testing center. For more information about the DELE test go to http://www.mecd.gob.es/suiza/.

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E-TEF
You can sit the e-TEF (Test d’évaluation de français) language test at the Language Center. For more information, click here.

ECTS points
You will find our general guidelines on the awarding of ECTS points and grading of learning outcomes on theECTS pointsQuicklink on our website.

For more information on the accreditation of language course results, go to Accreditation of ECTS points.

 

Enrolment periods
The current enrolment periods are listed on the Language Center website.

Please note: Language Center enrolment periods may be different from those of the UZH and ETH Zurich. However, the Language Center enrolment periods apply to enrolments in, and withdrawals from, Language Center courses. If at the end of the enrolment period there are still places available on a course, students can enroll in that course until the end of the first semester week. If a course is marked “ausgebucht” (fully booked) or “Anmeldefrist abgelaufen – Kurs ausgebucht/annulliert” (enrolments closed – course fully booked or cancelled) on our website, you cannot enroll in that course.

 

Enrolment process
Fee-paying courses: Once you have sent off your online form to enroll in a fee-paying course (for PhD students, MAS students, and UZH/ETH Zurich staff), you will receive an automatically generated email confirming that your enrolment form has been logged in the Language Center database. After a few days, you will receive an email stating whether or not you have a place on the course. Your enrolment is only valid if you receive an email confirming that you have a place on a course.

Student courses: Once you have sent your online enrolment form for one of the courses on the student program, a browser window will appear, confirming receipt of your enrolment form. The window asks you to ensure that you have chosen the right course – you are urged to choose carefully because you can enroll in only one language course per semester. If

you click “Confirm enrolment,” your enrolment will be logged in the Language Center database, and you will receive an email confirming receipt of your enrolment. After a few days, you will be informed by email whether or not you have a place on the course. Your enrolment is only valid if you receive an email confirming that you have a place on a course.

Enrolments during the semester
See: Late enrolments

Exchanges, preparation for
Which courses do we recommend for people intending to do an exchange at a foreign language university?

The linguistic requirements for exchange students are set by the university at which the exchange takes place. For more information, contact the mobility office at your university. Please note that you will need at least a B2 level in order to take courses in your chosen language.


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German test
Das Sprachenzentrum führt ab FS 2018 keine eigenen Deutsch-Zulassungsprüfungen mehr durch. Für den Nachweis ausreichender Sprachkenntnisse in den Unterrichtssprachen müssen anerkannte Sprachdiplome vorgelegt werden. Alle Informationen erhalten Sie von der Zulassungstelle der Universität.

GESS, D-GESS, GESS Pflichtwahlfach, GESS compulsory elective program
The former GESS program for ETH students is now called Science in Perspective (SiP). For more information, go to https://www.gess.ethz.ch/en/studies/science-in-perspective.html

Grades, grading system, grading of assignments
You will find our general guidelines on the awarding of ECTS points and on the grading of learning outcomes on the ECTS pointsquickling on our website. Your lecturer will provide additional information about the evaluation of individual assignments and on grading scales.

Greek courses
You will find all information about ( ancient) Greek courses, materials, and exams on the Greek homepage.

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IELTS und TOEFL
The Language Center offers 7-week preparation courses for the TOEFL and IELTS tests (see the English course program for dates and times). However, we are not a testing center for either of these tests.
For more information about IELTS, go to http://ielts.org
For more information about TOEFL, go tohttps://www.ets.org/toefl
For a comparison of the two tests, download our information sheet  http://www.sprachenzentrum.uzh.ch/angebot/sprachen/pdf/TOEFLorIELTS15.pdf
This information is provided without liability and is subject to change.

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Language courses abroad
The Language Center is unable to recommend private language schools and/or language courses offered by foreign universities.

Language level assessment
You can assess your language level using the tools offered by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). To access their descriptors and checklists, click here (see the bottom of the page). In addition, please read the online course description closely to find out about the language requirements of individual course you have selected.

Language of instruction
In our higher-level courses, the language of instruction is the target language. At beginner levels, German is used in addition to the target language. In our German as a Foreign Language courses, English is used for explanations.

Language courses abroad
The Language Center is unable to recommend private language schools or language courses run by universities abroad.

Language schools (external)
The Language Center is unable to recommend external language schools.

Late enrolements
Enrolments are no longer possible after the end of the second week of semester. However, there are other ways to improve your language:

If you are a beginner in German as a foreign language, read our Guidelines

Latin (Latinum)
Information about courses, materials, and tests are available on the Latinum website (in German).

Learning outcomes
You will find our general guidelines on the awarding of ECTS points and on the grading of learning outcomes on the ECTS points Quicklink on our website. Your lecturer will provide additional information about the evaluation of individual assignments and on grading scales.

Level, re-entry
Which course should you enroll in if you haven’t used the language skills you learnt at school or if you’ve been abroad for some time, although your level was once good?

Enroll in a course that matches your earlier good level. Under no circumstances should you enroll in a lower-level course. You will quickly re-gain your earlier level.

Level, Swiss Matura
The language level that is officially aimed for in the Swiss Matura is B2 level. In reality, Swiss high school students achieve between B1 and C1 foreign language skills. It is therefore important that you assess your individual language level, for example, by using the DIALANG test. For more information, click here.

Level, wrong
If you have enrolled in the wrong course:
During the enrollment period: Write an email to the Language Center Secretariat cancelling your enrollment. If you wish, you can then enroll in a course that better suits your language level.

Once the course has started: Changing to another course once the semester has begun is often not possible. Please discuss your options with your lecturer.

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Maps, locations
The map of the central University of Zurich campus is available here. The Language Center is located in the KOL building, level P (Rämistrasse 71). The Self-Access Center is in the RAI building, level J (Rämistrasse 74).

Information about the locations of ETH rooms and buildings is available here

Materials for courses
See: Course materials

Monday courses
Language Center courses scheduled for Mondays start in the first week of semester, even though other ETH courses do not take place on the first day of semester.

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Native speakers
Language Center courses are designed to help you acquire, extend, and/or deepen your language skills. In general, they are not suitable for native speakers. If your skills in your native language are at an informal level, or if you have never used your native language in school or at university, we recommend that you enroll for a language consultation in order to assess your needs. (See: Consultations)

Number of courses
For more information, click here.

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Opening hours

Language Center Secretariat: Information about the opening hours (during the semester and in semester breaks) is available here.

Self-Access Center: Information about the opening hours (during the semester and in semester breaks) is available here.

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Partner institutes
Students of the Zurich University of Teacher Education (PHZH) and the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) can take selected Language Center courses. More information is available here.

Partners, spouses
The partners and spouses of UZH and ETH students, PhD students, and staff are not eligible to take Language Center courses.

Performance record
You will find our general guidelines on the awarding of ECTS points and on the grading of learning outcomes on the ECTS points on our website. Your lecturer will provide additional information about the evaluation of individual assignments and on grading scales.

Prerequisites
See: Courses in several parts

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Rooms
Rooms for courses are published on our website a week before the beginning of semester.

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Semester dates
Information about semester dates (beginning and end dates, public holidays) are available at:
University of Zurich: http://www.uzh.ch/studies/dates.html
ETH Zurich: http://www.rektorat.ethz.ch/calendar/list


SiP enrolments

ETH students who wish to attend a Language Center course as part of their Science in Perspective (SiP, formerly D-GESS) degree requirements need to enroll twice, once via the Language Center website, and once via MyStudies.  Your enrolment is only valid once you have received a confirmation email from the Language Center.


SiP, identification numbers

The courses that are included in the Science in Perspective (SiP) program (formerly: D-GESS program) can be identified by their course number, which begins with “ETH 851.” They have an additional University of Zurich catalog number. SiP courses offered by the Language Center are published in the ETH course catalog. More information is available here


Spouses, partners

The partners and spouses of UZH and ETH students, PhD students, and staff are not eligible to take Language Center courses.

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TOEFL, IELTS
The Language Center offers 7-week preparation courses for the TOEFL and IELTS tests (see the English course program for dates and times). However, we are not a testing center for either of these tests.
For more information about IELTS, go to https://www.ielts.org/
For more information about TOEFL, go to https://www.ets.org/toefl

For a comparison of the two tests, download our information sheet  http://www.sprachenzentrum.uzh.ch/angebot/sprachen/pdf/TOEFLorIELTS15.pdf
This information is provided without liability and is subject to change.

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Withdrawal from fee-paying courses

If you withdraw your enrolment before the enrolment deadline, you will not be charged for the course. If you withdraw from the course after the deadline, or if you fail to attend the course, you will be charged the full course fees.

If you wish to withdraw from the course, you must send a notification of withdrawal in writing (email or letter) to the Language Center Secretariat. Email correspondence with the course lecturer does not qualify as an official withdrawal. Alternatively, you can transfer your enrolment to another person. In such cases, you remain responsible for payment of the course fees to the Language Center. Non-payment of course fees does not constitute a withdrawal.

 

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