FAQ

ASSESSMENT

The first two semester are identical for everybody, no matter which subject you want to major in later. This means there are no courses that are exclusively for economics students.
No, all courses in the assessment are taught in German. Some of the reading material is in English, however, e.g., in Microeconomics I or Macroeconomics I. With regard to later courses, it makes sense to familiarize yourself already with the English language.
All minor subjects are listed in the course catalogue. In general, you can take any minor from the faculty and some from other faculties. The minor you chose during your assessment is not definitive and it can easily be changed later on.
Currently, all exams are taking place online. Pre-Covid: The exams in the assessment take place in the last week of the semester at the “Messe Zürich Oerlikon”. Make sure to check the faculty’s website for more information on the exact time and place of the exams.
In general, it is possible to work part-time next to your studies, and many students do this. But this is a very individual decision and there is no right or wrong.
Currently, all lectures are held online. Pre-Covid: Most of the lectures were recorded and posted on OLAT. But this decision lies with the faculty and the respective professor, meaning that there can always be cases where no recording will be available. It is thus recommended to attend each lecture in-person if possible.
The maximum number of failed attempts in the assessment is 6. Note that you have to pass all assessment courses within four consecutive semesters, meaning that you can retake a failed course only once.

BACHELOR

Yes, there are compulsory courses in every major and in some minor subjects. In economics, there are compulsory courses for 18 ECTS in the fall semester and for 9 ECTS in the spring semester. You have to pass these courses in order to graduate.
In your major study program, you can have a maximum of 7 failed attempts, and a combined number of 10 in your major and minor study program.
Yes, some courses are taught in English. Check out the course catalogue for a complete list of courses taught in English. Additionally, most of the literature is in English.
Currently, all lectures are held online. Pre-Covid: Not all lectures were recorded, so it is always wise to attend the lecture in-person if you can.
You need to take 36 ECTS from the core elective area (ECON 1 & 2), with at least 12 ECTS in each area. The course catalogue tells you to which area a lecture belongs. Additionally, you need to earn at least 3 ECTS from seminars within the faculty and from the core elective area or the elective area. Because places in seminars are limited, you should plan ahead and check the application deadlines for seminars well in advance.
Yes, you can earn up to 30 ECTS for your Master's degree already during your Bachelor's degree, conditional on having passed the assessment level. Make sure to check out the course catalogue to see which Master courses you can already take during your Bachelor studies.

MASTER

No, you can start with your Master's degree in either the spring or fall semester. The compulsory courses do not build on each other, meaning that you do not need to complete Micro I before starting with Micro II for example. Some elective courses may require you to have already completed a compulsory course, so keep that in mind when you decide on which courses you want to take.
All compulsory courses and almost all other courses are taught in English. Courses that are taught in German are increasingly rare.
Yes, as in the Bachelor you can also earn ECTS towards your degree at UZH through courses at ETH. The faculty posts a list of ETH-courses that you can take. If a course that you are interested in is not on the list, you can contact the faculty and they will check if you can get credits for this course. Further information on the courses and how to book them can be found on the webiste of the faculty.
Currently all lectures are held online. Pre-Covid: Only a few classes were recorded, but the faculty aimed at improving this. As always, it is recommended that you attend the classes in-person in the first week to check if and how it is being recorded.
It is possible, as in the Bachelor, but it depends on your individual situation. Keep in mind that the workload for Master courses is generally considered to be higher than for Bachelor courses (see next point).
Currently, all exams are being held online. Pre-Covid: Written finals are most common, but they often no longer make up 100% of your final grade. In many courses individual or group assignments, participation during the lecture and midterms are part of your final grade. The workload is distributed more evenly across the semester this way, which needs to be considered when you decide if you want to work while studying.
Yes, you can always change your minor within the faculty. Many courses can be taken in multiple minor programs, so you do not need to decide on a specific minor in the first couple of semesters. It is important that you are enrolled in your desired minor for your last semester and that all requirements for it are fulfilled. For minors from another faculty, it might be more difficult to change it later on, as some courses only count towards a specific minor – so planning ahead is always recommended.
Unlike in the Bachelor, language courses do not count towards your Economics degree. The courses are still worthwhile, however.