Welcome to the Language Center of UZH and ETH Zurich

Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, we are mostly working from home and are available via email.

Secretariat opening hours

Telephone (044 634 52 81) and access to the Language Center: Monday - Friday 9:00-12:00 and Thursday 14:00 to 16:00.

If you visit the Language Center during these times, please follow the rules of conduct and hygiene as outlined by the BAG.

Course certificates for Spring Semester 20 and Fall Semester 20 are sent out electronically. Course certificates for previous semesters are held at the Secretariat for three years.

Self-Access Centers

The opening times of the Self-Access Centers and information about our events are available here:
SLZ Zentrum
SLZ Hönggerberg 

Our course program

Changes to course formats at short notice due to Covid-19 regulations cannot be excluded. Please take note of information given in our course descriptions.

FAQs - Classes

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Will Fall Semester 20 courses take place in the classroom?

The Language Center has adapted its courses to the guidelines issued by the University of Zurich (UZH). Our courses will be offered in a variety of formats: As normal face-to-face courses, online, and/or in a hybrid form (face-to-face classroom teaching plus asynchronous self-study). Information about the format, times, and location of each course is listed in our individual online course descriptions.

In the event of a further tightening of Covid-19 measures, or if your teacher becomes ill or needs to be quarantined, lessons may have to be switched to online teaching.

Please take note of the current safety measures (distancing and hygiene regulations) published by the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health, the University of Zurich, and ETH Zurich.

Do students have to wear masks at the University of Zurich (UZH) and/or ETH Zurich?

From 1 September 2020 on, everyone must wear a face mask in all public, freely accessible indoor areas at  UZH and ETH. This includes, for example, corridors, atriums, restrooms, elevators, cafeterias, and when walking from one place to another.

AT UZH,  you are not required to wear a face mask in lecture halls.

At ETH, everyone is required to wear a face mask in lecture halls.

The Language Center does not provide masks to students.

I belong to an at-risk group. Can I still attend a language course?

We recommend that you attend a course that is offered online. You will find information about the mode of teaching, course times, and location of your chosen in the course description. If you are unable to find a suitable online course, you would have to follow your chosen in-class course on your own, using the materials provided on the learning platform.

I have tested positive for Covid-19. Can I continue to attend my language course?

Please inform your lecturer. They will let you know how you can continue taking the course in self-study mode using the materials provided on the learning platform.

I have to be quarantined. Can I continue to attend my language course?

Please inform your lecturer. They will let you know how you can continue taking the course in self-study mode using the materials provided on the learning platform.

What do I need to do to receive ECTS points?

You will receive ECTS points if you successfully complete the course assignments listed in the course description.

Please note that now that we have switched to distance teaching, the assessment for some courses may have changed and may differ from those published in the course description of your course. Your lecturer will inform you of any changes.

Can I get a Certificate of attendance (to show that I attended the course but didn’t pass)?

Yes, in fall semester 20 you can request a Certificate of attendance from your lecturer.

Which services are the Self-Access Centers offering?


SAC Zentrum: 

Opening hours HS 2020:

Monday - Friday 12.00 - 18.00

  • Returns
    If you are unable to return media yourself, or have someone return them for you, during opening hours, please contact us as soon as possible at slz@sprachen.uzh.ch

  • Loans
    You can borrow loans on site during opening hours. The Self-Access Center does not offer a postal or copy service.

    Work spaces
    There are no work spaces available. 

    Learning consultations
    For now, we will not be offering any learning consultations.

    We will continue to offer Self-Access Center events online (register here).


SAC Hönggerberg: 

  • Access to the Self-Access Centre Hönggerberg is possible again. Opening hours are 8.00 to 20.00 Monday to Friday.
  • Learning consultations take place online or on site by appointment (slz@library.ethz.ch).
  • Our learning activities will continue online in the fall semester 2020, as only a very limited number of people can remain in the room at the same time. Anyone who is interested can join by enrolling via the "Courses” page on our website.

Our team is available via email:


Courses in German as a foreign language

Courses in English: englisch@sprachen.uzh.ch


Courses in romance languages (Brazilian, French, Italian, Spanish):


Courses in other languages (Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Modern Greek, Russian, Swedish):


Courses in Latin und Ancient Greek alte.sprachen@sprachen.uzh.ch