Tandem learning


Application form
Tandem program: Available languages


The Language Center's tandem service is available to students, PhD/doctoral students, University of Zurich and ETH staff, and members of the Zurich University of Teacher Education (PHZH) and Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). Our tandem service arranges language learning partnerships free of charge. You do not have to take one of our courses in order to sign up for a tandem partnership.

What is tandem learning?

In a language-learning tandem partnership, two people with different first languages work together to improve their foreign language skills. Tandem partners also learn about their partner’s cultural background.
Tandem learning is an autonomous learning method in which both partners take responsibility for their own language learning. Each partner defines their own learning goals, strategies, content, and timeframes.


If you would like to improve your foreign language skills in a tandem partnership, please apply using our online form:. As soon as we have found a partner for you, we will contact you by email. Please note that our service is dependent on supply and demand. In our experience, it is easier for us to match up partners if one of the target languages is German.

Cancelling your application

Your application will remain valid until we have been able to find a partner for you. It is therefore vital that you cancel your enrollment by email tandem@sprachen.uzh.ch) if you are no longer interested in a partnership.

More information, learning materials, and links

Our Tandem guidelines (PDF, 99 KB) give detailed information on tandem learning.
Our Tandem contract (PDF, 79 KB) explains the terms of a tandem learning partnership at the Language Center.

We provide a range of materials for tandem learning at our Self-Access Centers. Our online Resource pool. also contains a wide range of learning tools: To access these, first choose your desired language. Then click on “Lernformen und -tipps” and “öffnen.” Check the “Tandem” box, and finally click on “Senden.”

You will find more useful tips and ideas on tandem learning in the following document: Tandem-Ideen zusammengefasst. The tandem platform of Ruhr-Universität Bochum also has some useful exercises.

Consultations and organizing tandem partnerships

You can request a consultation on tandem learning with Dr Ueli Bachmann, Head of German as a Foreign Language (ueli.bachmann@sprachen.uzh.ch).

If you have questions about arranging a tandem partnership, please contact Caroline Röthlin (tandem@sprachen.uzh.ch).

More advice and support about learning materials is available at our Self-Access Centers.