Center for Comparative and International Studies


Immigration Information

If you are a non-EU applicant and think you need a visa, please read the following information on immigration before you apply to MACIS.

Do I need a visa?

Guidelines on immigration for international students.


Tuition fees are very low in Switzerland. The tuition fee for MACIS is currently 580 CHF per semester (plus an additional 64 CHF in student fees).

Research and teaching assistant positions

CIS offers around ten such positions to each cohort of students admitted to MACIS. Based on a workload of around 10 hours per week, this generates an income of around CHF 1,000/month. This amount covers around 50 – 80% of total living expenses in Zurich. Such positions also offer a great opportunity to become involved in ongoing research projects undertaken by CIS professors. They are offered on a competitive basis upon admission. Applicants should indicate ideally both their interest in such a position, as well as the name(s) of the CIS professors they would be interested in working with.


The Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Programme at ETH Zurich awards merit-based scholarships to excellent students wishing to pursue a Master’s degree. For information on other sources of financial aid, please contact the ETH Zurich Scholarship Office. On average, one of the students admitted to MACIS succeeds in obtaining such a scholarship. Students may apply both for research and teaching assistant positions as well as the Excellence Scholarship simultaneously.
For more information on this programme, click here.

For information on the cost of living in Zurich, see: Financing your studies.

For information on other sources of financial aid, please contact the ETH Zurich Scholarship Office.


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