University of Zurich

The University of Zurich is a public research university located in the city of Zürich, Switzerland. It is the largest university in Switzerland, with its 28,000 enrolled students. It was founded in 1833 from the existing colleges of theology, law, medicine which go back to 1525, and a new faculty of philosophy.

Currently, the university has seven faculties: Philosophy, Human Medicine, Economic Sciences, Law, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Theology and Veterinary Medicine. The university offers the widest range of subjects and courses of any Swiss higher education institution.


University rankings
Global – Overall
ARWU World 54 (2021)
CWUR World 67 (2020-21)
QS World 69 (2021)
Reuters World 51 (2019)
THE World =73 (2021)
USNWR Global =62 (2021)
      54th globally and 15th in Europe.
      61st globally and 14th in Europe.
       76th globally.
  • Professional Ranking of World Universities (Based on the number of alumni listed among CEOs in the 500 largest worldwide companies.)
32nd globally and 10th in Europe.
       52nd globally and 1st in Switzerland.
  • Round University Ranking:

36th globally in 2020

33rd globally in 2017

29th globally in 2013

14th globally in 2011

  • USNWR Global:

58th globally in 2018

  • According to GWTS Leiden Ranking, University of Zurich ranked 37th in the world in social sciences and humanities. According to URAP Center Ranking, which has been publishing rankings since 2010 for each subject, political science at the University of Zurich was placed 16th best in the world. According to ARWU, the University of Zurich was placed 31st globally in political sciences in 2019 and 27th globally in political sciences in 2020.

The university’s Department of Economics is especially strong and was ranked first in the German-speaking area by the Handelsblatt in 2017. In 2009 the faculty of Business Administration was ranked third in the German-speaking area.