Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral students affected by the Ukraine crisis can turn to the Financial Aid Office in financial need and apply there for interest-free loans or scholarships without red tape. Contact:
For advice on extending residence permits and study visits, please contact:
The sanctions against Russia decided by the Federal Council do not entail any restrictions for Russian students in terms of their studies at ETH Zurich.
Employees of ETH Zurich who have to arrange family matters due to the Ukraine conflict are supported by ETH with great flexibility. Please consult your supervisor. If necessary, contact your responsible HR partner. There is the possibility of taking paid leave in accordance with the Personnel Ordinance.
Fixed-term contracts of scientific staff (especially doctoral students, postdocs, senior assistants) can be extended in consultation with your supervisor. If necessary, please contact your HR partner.
The sanctions against Russia decided by the Federal Council do not result in any direct restrictions for Russian employees in terms of their employment at ETH Zurich.
For people who had to leave Ukraine
ETH Zurich is prepared to welcome researchers and students from Ukraine and is providing support in this regard. However, please find out in advance about the entry and residence regulations that are currently valid for Switzerland and independently of the measures taken by ETH Zurich.
As part of its emergency aid programme, ETH Zurich is providing refugees from Ukraine who were already enrolled at a Ukrainian university and have now been granted protection status “S” in Switzerland with uncomplicated and rapid admission as auditors. This includes:
Attendance of courses (no distance learning)
Access to ETH IT infrastructure (e-mail address, myStudies, etc.).
Auditor ID-card - this includes the following offers:
The association Discovery Semester helps auditors to get used to the daily life at ETH. The association provides students to assist the refugees. For both tasks (mentee/mentor) you can register via:
To register send E-Mail to:
For Questions and concerns:
Please note: Examinations and thus the acquisition of credits as well as the receipt of a confirmation of participation are not possible within the framework of this emergency assistance. However, there are also support services for applying for a conventional degree programme at ETH Zurich. See "Application for studies".
Bridging studies are open to students who have already studied for at least one year at a Ukrainian university and have basic academic and language qualifications.
It is a mobility stay ("free mover") and does not lead to a degree at ETH Zurich. However, it allows the acquisition of credit points which ideally will be recognized at the home university or contribute to the possibility of later taking up regular studies at ETH or another university.
ETH offers students the possibility to gain work experience in an academic environment as an intern. It is open to persons who have not yet completed their studies and includes a standard internship salary (CHF 2,600/month). It is full-time employment and it is not possible to combine "Experience@ETH" employment with a student status. The standard duration is 6 to 12 months.
Invited visiting student
Another emergency measure is to be part of a research group at ETH Zurich as an invited visiting student. As soon as you have found a professor in whose group you are invited, you can enrol as an invited visiting student. All details about this programme can be found Downloadhere (PDF, 122 KB)vertical_align_bottom.
For both options, opportunities offered by ETH institutes are published on external page#Science for Ukrainecall_made and/or external pagethe global listcall_made. Students need to apply directly to potential supervisors. Please inquire with your supervisor whether they offer "Experience@ETH" internships or a thesis/research project for invited visiting students, or if either option is possible.
Research groups wishing to offer such places please register also on the following two platforms:
ETH Zurich can apply for a work permit for persons with protection status S. The employment contract should be arranged via supervisor and HR partners. HR Hosting institutes can apply for subsidiary funding from ETH to finance this type of employment.
Together with the other institutions of the ETH Domain and swissuniversities, ETH Zurich is doing everything in its power to support and host researchers from Ukraine. ETH Zurich will provide financial support to research groups that employ Ukrainian researchers. Research groups from ETH Zurich that are willing to host Ukrainian researchers should inscribe themselves on the two lists available with details of their research area as well as the type and duration of employment:
Those from Ukraine who are seeking protection after having had to flee their country because of the war will be granted protection status "S" in Switzerland. Please note the authorities' definition of the external pagegroup of persons in need of protectioncall_made. In addition to Ukrainian nationals and their family members, persons from third country nationals who have had to flee the country because of the war will also receive protection status "S". The prerequisite is that they had a valid residence permit in Ukraine prior to their flight and are unable to return safely and permanently to their home country. Persons who have already been granted protection status in another EU state are not eligible for protection status "S".
With protection status "S", persons are granted the right of residence in Switzerland for one year. This period can be extended. With protection status "S", the persons concerned will receive social assistance and be able to pursue gainful employment subject to a work permit without a waiting period.
ETH can apply for a work permit for persons with protection status "S" and issue an employment contract. Professors and supervisors should contact the respective HR partners with regard to employment: Overview of responsibilities.
To support researchers from Ukraine, ETH Zurich research groups could either apply for funding through "Scholars at Risk" funds (manged by SNSF) or apply for top-up funding to employ researchers from Ukraine within a current SNSF-funded project. However, due to the large number of applications received, the funds granted by the SNSF have now been distributed. At the moment, therefore, no further funds can be applied for.
The ETH contact person for questions about Scholars at Risk is Patricia Heuberger, Programme Manager International Affairs at ETH Zurich.
Persons with protection status "S" will be given the opportunity to engage in gainful employment subject to a work permit without a waiting period. ETH Zurich can apply for a work permit for persons with protection status "S" and issue an employment contract.
In order to obtain protection status "S", a person must enter Switzerland and register with a federal asylum centre. The protection status can be granted following examination of the person's case, which takes 2-3 weeks. However, employment process can be started in parallel if there is a positive decision on the temporary grant of protection (official term in German: "Positiver Entscheid über die vorübergehende Schutzgewährung").
Researchers from Ukraine should contact the research groups directly for enquiries about possible employment. Please note the contacts and information under "Network". Enquiries or application documents sent directly to the cannot be processed.
Information for professors & supervisors
Professors and supervisors should contact the respective HR partners with regard to employment: Overview of responsibilities. Professors and supervisors can confirm to researchers that employment in their group is possible. Professors and supervisors can only apply to HR for a position if the persons are in Switzerland and have been granted protection status “S”. HR can only apply for a work permit or issue an employment contract to persons who have been granted protection status “S”.
ETH Zurich welcomes the research groups’ engagement and has therefore decided to provide subsidiary financial support. This support from central funds is open to all research groups who would like to offer temporary employment to researchers and require extra funding to do so. They must therefore submit the relevant funding application. ETH Zurich also expects the department in question to contribute towards the extra financial burden in the research groups. Professors can apply for financial support from central funds to cover the salary costs of researchers with protection status S in academic functions or of students with protection status S within the context of Experience@ETH. For the research groups of assistant professors (with or without tenure track), 75% of the salary will be financed from central funds. 25% of the salary will be covered in the case of associate and full professors. No financial support from central funds is provided for non-academic units.
ETH Zurich is supporting the #ScienceforUkraine initiative, which networks the international research community and compiles offers for Ukrainian researchers. from ETH Zurich is coordinating the offers in Switzerland together with Maksym Andriushchenko from EPFL.
Relief supplies for Ukraine – ETH collection campaign
The ETH Students’ Association (VSETH) is supporting the nationwide collectioncampaign by the "Friends of Ukraine” organisation and will initially operate a collection point on the Hönggerberg campus at least until end of May. You can drop off relief supplies in building HPT C 117 from 4 to 6 p.m. on weekdays. Alternatively, you can hand them in at the collection point in the Main Building of the University of Zurich in the Centre, which is operated by VSUZH. For more information on the collection campaign and to help out yourself, click here.
Support from AVETH
Contact points and support services of the Association of Scientific Staff at ETH (AVETH) can be found on the website #StandWithUkraine.
The ETH Foundation has allocated additional funds for social stipends for Ukrainian students. Anyone who would like to contribute to these stipends is welcome to do so via external pageETH Foundationcall_made.