Other Education Options

Besides the Discovery Semester at the University of Zurich, there are many other opportunities for refugees to further their education and gain important experience for working life. This page gives you a summary of some of the services available in Switzerland and abroad.

Student Initiatives

Other Guest Auditor Projects

The University of Zurich is just one of many Swiss universities offering programs to refugees. The perspektiven-studium.ch website provides an overview of all such programs in Switzerland.

Students Across Borders (SAB)

Students Across Borders is a student organization aiming to promote social interaction between people from a refugee background and students of the University of Zurich by organizing various events such as sports afternoons or cooking evenings. Students Across Borders also offers 1:1 German language support for people from a refugee background. The services offered by Students Across Borders are not aimed exclusively at Discovery Semester participants.

Information Websites

berufsberatung.ch

On berufsberatung.ch you get information about the education system in Switzerland, about all fields of study offered at Swiss universities, about all forms of higher education available in Switzerland, about various professions and a lot more. Moreover, you find an overview about all careers advisory services in Switzerland. 

Perspectives – Studies

Perspectives – Studies is a project organized by the Swiss Student Union (VSS) with the aim of improving access to a university education for people from a refugee background. On their perspektiven-studium.ch website they provide Switzerland’s most comprehensive overview of the Swiss education and university system.

Puls Berufe

Are you interested in professions in the health sector? On puls-berufe.ch you get a comprehensive overview about this topic.

Swissuniversities

Swissuniversities is the rector's conference of the Swiss universities and offers various services like recommendations of recognition for foreign higher education qualifications or a summary of the admission requirements for all Swiss universities.

Advisory Centers in the Canton of Zurich

Integras

Integras is a a project of the careers advisory service of the canton of Zurich, offering various advisory and information services to migrants in order to support their integration into the labour market. Besides multilingual information meetings about the Swiss education and labour market system, you can take part in informal consultations.

In case you are looking for an advice center close to your home, please use this link

HEKS MosaiQ

HEKS Mosaik advises particularly migrants from third countries holding a degree on topics such as diploma recognition, refresher training, and recognition of their academic achievements, and helps them draw up plans for how to demonstrate their professional competence or gain an internship.

AOZ

The AOZ also helps qualified migrants from third countries to integrate into the labor market. They provide a support program lasting 18 months.

Continuing Education Programs

Autonome Schule Zürich

The Autonome Schule Zürich offers free daily classes in German, French, English or Mathematics. 

Powercoders

Powercoders is a Coding Academy offering refugees the opportunity to take part in a three-month intensive programming course and to then work as an intern for several months with an IT company.

Capacity

Capacity is a non-profit association in Zurich offering an entrepreneurship program to people with a refugee or migrant background. A seven-month start-up program gives (future) entrepreneurs assistance in developing social, business and cultural initiatives.

Incluso

Incluso is a mentoring program from Caritas Zurich, supporting migrants to find an apprenticeship. The migrants are ideally aged 14 to 22 and attended a regular school or integration class in the city of Zurich. 

SINGA Factory

The SINGA Factory also supports people with a refugee background in launching entrepreneurial projects. It focuses on the technology sector and offers a six-month start-up program. 

SRK: Perspektive Arbeit

The Swiss Red Cross in the Canton of Zurich supports recognized refugees (B) and temporarily admitted refugees (F) with their project Perspektive Arbeit in their search for a job or a training site.  Participants of the program receive advisory support from volunteers with broad work experience.

voCHabular

VoCHabular is an association for the promotion of German and Swiss German language acquisition. An intercultural group of volunteers works together to create self-teaching materials in form of books and apps, mainly aimed at people with a refugee background. New members are always very welcome!

Welcome to School

Welcome to School offers daily classes to young adults aged 16 to 22 with N-, F- or B-residence status. The program aims at persons whose pre-education does not correspond to compulsory school education in Switzerland. 

German Courses

General Information

The Integration Office of the Canton of Zurich has database on its website which lists all German courses in the city of Zurich.

Applied Linguistics at ZHAW

As a partner of the Goethe Institut the Department of Applied Linguistics at ZHAW offers exam preparation courses (A1-C2) for Goethe German exams. 

Solinetz

Solinetz Zürich offers amongst others various German courses. Currently, they offer a C1-German course for people with a B2-certificate who want to prepare for a C1-certificate but do not have access to regular courses. 

Online Courses

Kiron Open Higher Education 

The non-profit organization Kiron offers a digital learning and support program to refugees wishing to resume their studies. Program participants can take online courses in a range of fields. A German language course is also available.

Saylor Academy

Saylor Academy is a non-profit organization offering free online courses on a wide range of topics. The language of instruction is English. You can find more about the courses on offer at Saylor Academy here

Coursera

Coursera is one of the largest platforms offering online courses in English. Participation is generally subject to a fee. However, people with a refugee background may benefit from special terms and conditions, check here

edX

edX offers a wide range of online courses in English that are free of charge. For more information, go to the course website 

FutureLearn

At FutureLearn you will find several online courses in English. These courses are free of charge. 

MOOCs UZH

The University of Zurich offers its own range of online courses through Coursera. You will find more information on the Massive Open Online Courses at UZH here