Information and FAQ for Students

Status: 17 September 2021

Covid Requirement in Cafeterias and ASVZ

A valid Covid certificate is required in UZH cafeterias. Excluded are locations that are operated entirely as take-aways. The certificate requirement is based on the operator's safety concept.
UZH Cafeterias

In university sports, a valid Covid certificate is required for indoor sports (as well as outdoor offerings for 200 or more people). The certificate requirement is based on the safety concept of the ASVZ.
ASVZ: Safety Concept (in German)

Covid Certificate Details

From 20 September, attendees will be required to have Covid certificates for on-site courses at all levels (Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD). This applies to students, teaching staff and anyone else involved. The Department of Education supports this approach by UZH. Employees who are not subject to special provisions to the contrary (e.g. when teaching a course) are not required to show Covid certificates.

On-Site Teaching and Mask Requirement

Masks will no longer be mandatory in classrooms due to the certificate requirement. However, the Executive Board of the University continues to strongly recommend that all attendees continue to wear masks in classrooms. Otherwise, masks continue to be mandatory in all indoor public spaces at UZH.

Courses will generally be held as published in the course catalogue. Exceptions may be approved by the faculties. The faculties will ensure that students who do not have a Covid certificate are given an appropriate alternative to on-site teaching, e.g. by providing digital materials. 

Compliance with the Certificate Requirement

Sufficient and regular spot checks will be carried out to ensure compliance with the certificate requirement. The pandemic management team is currently determining how these checks will be carried out. Teaching staff are not responsible for carrying out spot checks, but may do so if they believe it is necessary.

Free Covid Tests

UZH does not want to contribute to the polarization of society with regard to vaccinations. People who are not vaccinated should not be disadvantaged. UZH will thus offer free tests (until the end of October) to students and staff subject to mandatory Covid certificates who do not have a Covid certificate. Covid tests are free-of-charge until 30 September in any case.

Recognition of Vaccination Certificates from Abroad

In addition to the Swiss Covid certificate, other vaccination certificates from abroad will also be recognized if the vaccine used is approved in the EU or listed in the WHO’s Emergency Use Listing. This includes certificates issued for vaccinations with the Chinese Sinovac and Sinopharm, but not for the Russian vaccine Sputnik. Students whose certificate is not recognized can get tested for free.

Vaccinations at UZH

UZH supports the vaccination campaign of the Federal Office of Public Health. By getting vaccinated, we can help to contain the pandemic so that we can all go back to researching and working without restrictions. UZH will not exclude anyone based on their personal decision whether or not to get vaccinated against Covid-19. This also means that a person’s vaccination status is not relevant when it comes to determining whether they work on site.

You can find all of the information about vaccinations at UZH on our Website: 
Have a Heart for UZH

Mask Duty

Masks are mandatory in all publicly accessible indoor rooms at UZH.

Masks are not required in classrooms due to the certificate requirement. However, the Executive Board of the University continues to strongly recommend that all attendees continue to wear masks in classrooms. Masks are also not required in outdoor areas and in all workplaces (offices, laboratories, workshops, etc.) in indoor areas not accessible to the public, provided that the safety concepts are observed and the distance of 1.5m from other people can be maintained.

Use of Study Spaces by Students

This is how we protect ourselves at UZH:

  • Masks must be worn when using study spaces.
  • Desks/chairs may not be moved.
  • Empty lecture halls/classrooms may be used for studying at any time at the students’ own responsibility, provided the room is available ("Frei" shown on the room display or in the digital room occupancy plan at rooms.uzh.ch). Rooms are primarily availabe in the main building, Campus Nord and Irchel Campus. Here too, the applicable rules must be adhered to (masks, 1.5  meters distance, disinfection of surfaces).
  • Eating is not permitted in lecture halls/classrooms.

This Is How We Protect Each Other at UZH

Everyone at UZH (UZH members as well as external service providers and visitors) must adhere to the following rules

  • We wear a mask in all indoor and outdoor areas of UZH.
  • We adhere to the hygiene and conduct rules of the FOPH.
  • We keep a safe distance from other people at all times.
  • We stay at home when we are ill or have returned from a high-risk area (according to the FOPH).
  • If we have symptoms we observe the current rules.
  • Students, employees and guests only come to the university when their presence on-site is required.
  • UZH recommends using the SwissCovid app.

Safety Concepts for the University of Zurich

Procedure for (Suspected) Cases of COVID-19

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 at UZH, all students are required to stay away from UZH if they become infected with coronavirus, develop symptoms that point to a infection or have been in close contact with someone infected with coronavirus. Please be sure to read the new fact sheet on how to proceed in case of a (suspected) COVID-19 infection:
Fact Sheet: Procedure for COVID-19 Infections

Further Information