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University of Zurich, Switzerland

It’s been six weeks since I arrived in Zurich and it’s hard to believe how fast time is going. Zurich is a wonderful city – it’s picturesque, pretty and really easy to get around, given the fantastic public transport system. My favourite part of the city is definitely the old town – it feels so quintessentially European to walk around the cobblestone streets, sit in a charming café and have a coffee.

I started studying law subjects at the University of Zurich (UZH) almost four weeks ago and it’s been really enjoyable so far. The facilities at UZH are great and my integration into the university was smooth, thanks to their comprehensive welcome program and the helpful staff at the International Relations Office. We were provided with the option of signing up for the buddy program, which I did. It turned out to be really useful, as our buddies showed us important locations on campus like where to get meals for a good price and the designated sleeping area (!) on campus. One of the best facilities at UZH is the ASVZ membership – all students get free access to the gym and all ASVZ classes including pilates, kondi, dance lessons, muscle pump and many more. The only negative I have encountered so far at UZH is the printing.

My classes at UZH are mostly seminar style, with class participation being encouraged. I would say the teaching style is quite similar to UTS, however the main difference I noticed is that many of my professors won’t upload slides before the lecture (as is common practice in UTS) because they want the freedom of being able to edit their work after the lecture if they need to.

As everyone will say, travelling is truly the greatest part of exchange. So far I have been to the Swiss Alps, Basel, Milan and Munich and each of these places has been amazing in their own right. However, travelling takes a lot of planning so I would suggest booking your travel early in order to avoid incredibly expensive trains and flights.

Overall, exchange has been amazing so far! Initially it’s natural to encounter some difficulties especially when completing all the administrative tasks required (like getting the residence permit which is very expensive). However after going over these bumps, I can safely say that this experience is worth it. I would highly recommend exchange to anyone thinking about doing it.

Varsha Krishnappa
Bachelor of Business Bachelor of Law
University of Zurich (UZH)
Switzerland

For more information about the UTS Global Exchange program please visit: www.global-exchange.uts.edu.au

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