Eidenossische Technische Hochschule
ETH Zurich is a special university in Zurich, Switzerland, and it focuses on management, mathematics, technology, science, and engineering. The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) is its sister institution, and it is an important component of the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology Domain that must answer to the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research.
ETH Zurich is always rated among the best universities on the globe. It is thought to be the very best university in Europe. It is now ranked fourth in Europe, and it is ranked the eighth best university on the globe in technology, science, and engineering. More than 20 Nobel Prizes have been given to professors and students of the Institute, and the most famous one was Albert Einstein. The university is a founding member of the International Alliance of Research Universities, the IDA League, and it belongs to the CESAER network, as well.
The Swiss Federal Government founded the school in the mid-1850s with the clear mission of educating scientists and engineers, and to serve as a center of national excellence in technology and science and act as a juncture of interaction between scientists and industry.
Admission and Education
ETH is not very selective in its admission of undergraduates. Like nearly every public university in the country, ETH must grant admission to every citizen who completed the Matura. Most of the people who apply from foreign countries must take either the comprehensive entrance exam or the reduced entrance exam; an application can be admitted to the university even without any educational records by just taking the comprehensive entrance exam.
Just like all universities in Switzerland, the academic year is cut up into two semesters. Examinations are scheduled mostly during exam sessions right before the next semester stars (while just a couple of select courses offer an exam when the semester is ending). After the initial year of study, Bachelor students have to pass a block exam of all the courses they took in the first year, and this is called the Basisprrufung. If the weighted average is not adequate, a student must retake the whole Basisprufung, which often means to take the whole first year again. Nearly half of the students fail the Basisprfung on their first attempt, and a lot of them choose to drop out after they fail.
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