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If you apply for a summer school please take the ETH Zurich examination session into account – no exceptions are made for summer schools. You should make sure that summer school participation does not overlap with your exams.

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IARU Global Summer Program

The International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) is a global alliance of eleven top universities, ETH Zurich among them.

For information on individual programmes and the application procedure see the IARU website.

Instructions for applying (PDF, 242 KB)

The prospective application deadline is 17 March 2017.

Online application IARU Global Summer Program

ETH Zurich supports its students with a scholarship of between CHF 800.00 and CHF 2000.00, intended to cover part of travel and accommodation costs.

The scholarship amount can only be determined in April; it depends on the number of applications and the destinations and costs of summer schools. The scholarship is paid by Banco Santander (S.A.).

Contact person in the Student Exchange Office

Myriam Keller, Tel +41 (44) 632 20 86



IDEA League Summer Schools

The IDEA League was founded in 1999 as a strategic alliance between ETH Zurich, RWTH Aachen, TU Delft, Politecnico di Milano and Chalmers University of Technology – five leading universities in the areas of technology and science. Their collaborations in education, research and quality assurance and their participation in EU programmes and initiatives make the IDEA League an exemplar of European cooperation.

IDEA League summer schools offer students a unique opportunity to gain insights into current scientific themes in an international and often interdisciplinary environment. These summer schools are free of charge for students of IDEA League partner universities (no fees, free room and board; students must only pay their own travel costs).

Contact person in the Student Exchange Office

Andrea Heinzelmann, Tel +41 (44) 632 23 69

Please also see the summer schools of other universities (here you must make your own arrangements).

IDEA League Summer Schools 2017

The application deadline is May 1. For further information regarding the summer schools see the website of IDEA League.

Sustainable Production Systems: Shaping cross-company innovation (Chalmers University of Technology Summer School)

21 August - 1 September, 2017. Apply the concepts of closed loop value chains and circular economy to innovation processes for one of the major manufacturing industries in Europe: the chemical industry. Engage with stakeholders, discuss with experts and work in interdisciplinary teams on solutions. Show details 

Heritage and the Global Challenges (Politecnico di Milano Summer School)

11 – 15 September, 2017. This PhD summer school, open also to Master students, highlights preservation of a rich cultural heritage while exploring the challenges associated with protecting and promoting this vast and frail patrimony in terms of resources, roles and responsibilities. Show details 

Smart Urban Mobility (RWTH Aachen Summer School)

18 - 22 September, 2017. The Mobility Summer School 2017 covers various lectures regarding smart urban mobility for future development of passenger and commercial vehicles, urban mobility solutions and networks in general to meet future transportation challenges. Show details 

Concepts on the Move (ETH Zurich Summer School)

2 - 9 September, 2017. Cortona Week is a transdisciplinary conference which serves the "critical thinking initiative" of ETH Zurich. The conference is supported by ETH in cooperation with the Zurich University of Arts (ZHdK), and occurs annually in Cortona, Italy. Show details 

Responsible Robotics and AI (TU Delft Summer School)

27 - 30 August, 2017. Given the rapid pace of robotics innovation and the potential ethical issues that may result, technological development must be grounded in an awareness of the related societal and ethical issues. Show details 

Sustainable and Liveable Cities (ASPIRE League Summer School)

10 - 14 July, 2017. The ASPIRE Forum brings together vice presidents from its member universities. This year’s Student Workshop in Singapore will comprise a mix of academic talks and site visits, which will facilitate the students’ comprehension of the theme "Sustainable and Liveable Cities". Show details 

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