Withdrawing from the University

You can request withdrawal from the university at the end of the semester within the specified periods via “My Requests” in the student portal.

Students who are registered for more than one degree program must submit a separate request for each degree program if they wish to withdraw from all degree programs.

Periods

Withdrawal at the end of Spring Semester

15 May – 15 October

Withdrawal at the end of Fall Semester

15 November – 15 March

Request Withdrawal from the University

You can see the processing status of your request at any time directly in the request under "My Requests."

  • Request withdrawal from the university in "My Requests" in the student portal. After the request has been submitted, it will be reviewed by the University of Zurich Student Administration Office (request status: “To be verified”).

  • New students who want to withdraw before 15.10. in fall semester or 15.03. in spring semester, please refer to the part "Studies not Commenced / Withdrawal of Matriculation".

  • Once your request has been processed, the status will change to “Approved” or "Rejected" (which will be announced by e-mail).

  • If you have already received but not yet paid the semester invoice for the new semester, it will automatically be canceled and deleted from the student portal.

Confirmation of withdrawal from the university: If you specify "change of higher education institution" as the reason for withdrawal from the university, you will automatically receive confirmation of withdrawal from the university by post. If you complete or discontinue your studies, you can request confirmation of withdrawal from the university via the Student Administration Office’s contact form.

Graduation

Please note that to obtain your degree, you must register with your faculty separately. The deadlines for registering for graduation vary depending on the faculty.

In order to be able to graduate, a regular enrollment in the semester of graduation is required. If you have already withdrawn from UZH, but need to postpone the graduation to the following semester, please make sure to contact the Student Administration Office within the deadlines for withdrawal.

Please review your name and address in "My Enrollment and Personal Data" in the student portal before registering for graduation so we can provide you with your documents correctly.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Theology
Faculty of Science
Faculty of Medicine
Vetsuisse Faculty

Cancellation of Modules

Your withdrawal will be effective as per the end of the current semester (ie per 31.07. for the spring semester / per 31.01. for the fall semester).

Therefore:

  • Modules booked for the current semester remain binding, which means that you are still required to complete the credits for this semester.
  • Modules booked for the forthcoming semester will be cancelled automatically upon approval of your request for withdrawal, unless you are pursuing two study programmes at the same time (eg Master's Degree and parallel Teaching programme) or you are withdrawing your matriculation in your first semester of study at UZH - in both cases, the modules booked for the forthcoming semester will remain valid and it is your own responsibility to cancel them.

Reimbursement of Semester Fees

If you have already paid the semester fees for the new semester and would like to be reimbursed (less a processing fee), please return your UZH Card as well as the four proof-of-matriculation vouchers to us within the above specified period. The Student Administration Office will then initiate the reimbursement of the fees. You will receive a request by mail to enter your bank or post office account information online

Studies not Commenced / Withdrawal of Matriculation

If you have newly enrolled at the UZH but do not wish to begin your studies, please inform the Student Administration Office in writing until 15.10. for fall semester and 15.03. for spring semester. If you have already paid the semester fees for the first semester and would like to be reimbursed (less a processing fee), please return your UZH Card as well as the four proof-of-matriculation vouchers within the above-mentioned deadlines and provide us with your bank details. The Student Administration Office will then initiate the reimbursement of the fees.

Deactivation of user-accounts after withdrawal from UZH

Information concerning the deactivation of the UZH user-accounts can be found on the following website: Austritt aus UZH (LCM) - in German only