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Here’s your checklist for your first semester as an ECON student!
We guide you in what you need for a successful start at the Department of Economics of the University of Zurich. When you’ve completed all pending points, you’ll be ready for uni without running the risk of encountering bad surprises.
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Applying to the University of Zurich for a degree at the Faculty of Business, Economics, and Informatics. You’ll find the relevant information on UZH’s website. When you apply, you’ll have to pay CHF 100 in application fees. You can only start your studies in the fall; the application deadline is on July 31, 2022. At this point in time, you will not yet have to register for courses. Moreover, what you choose as your minor does not carry much relevance as you most likely will not want to take courses from your minor during the first year of your studies, the Assessment.
Paying your tuition fees. Over the summer, you will be asked to pay your tuition fees. Once you’ve paid the semester fees, you will be able to register for courses. At this point, you are officially enrolled.
- Register for classes. A few days after paying the semester fees, you will receive a user account with a Login key, with which you will be able to access the course booking tool.
The first year of your degree, named the Assessment year, comprises “General Education” courses that you are required to take. We recommend taking those courses and not deviating from the defined curriculum - this means that in the first year, you will barely have a choice in which courses you may take. However, this also means that you will be more free in the following semesters!
You will not have to complete your course registration before the first day of uni. The module booking tool is accessible during the month before and after the semester starts. At the “Ersti-Tag” you will get an introduction to how the module booking tool works. Within the deadline of the module booking, you may book and cancel, or make changes to your selections. Caution: Once the deadline passes and you’re signed up for a specific course, you are definitively registered for the exam.
Do you have access to your uni-email? If you tend to forget to check your school emails, we recommend forwarding them from your school account to your personal email. You will receive much of the information about your courses and the exams through your school email.
Validate your student ID at one of the machines located in the uni buildings. If you are not sure where to find them, ask your mentor at the Ersti-Tag.
Download the UZH now App from the App Store. Much of the information needed on a daily basis is displayed in the app (such as lunch menus at one of the many cafeterias).
Familiarize yourself with OLAT, the primary online teaching platform. You will find all your courses on there once you’ve registered for them through the module booking tool, and you will be provided with all the lecture and exercise materials.
Recommendations from Our Side
Take an introductory math course before uni starts (Mathe-Vorkurs). It might be valuable in reviewing challenging concepts, subsequently facilitating learning them in class. An introductory course costs about CHF 100.
How do you like to take notes? Think about how you retain information best and come up with a system that makes sense to you early on in the semester. With exams at the end of the semester, it is essential that you remember what you meant in those notes from class.
If learning using flashcards works for you, you might want to figure out for which classes it is worth acquiring those. There are professionally written flashcards for almost all required courses. Caution: These flashcards are not written or distributed by the official channels of the Faculty or the Department; nor are they written by the students at the university. There might be false or contain incomplete information.
Read the studies regulation on the Faculty’s website. This is how you learn everything there is to know about graduation requirements, the course catalogue, and more.
We also recommend checking out the university’s extracurricular activities. These include gyms, sports classes and sessions, or student associations and clubs!
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