The program offers two MArch I or MArch I AP students the unique opportunity to study Architecture at one of the leading European Architecture Schools located in Zurich, Switzerland. Participants will be able to choose studio critics from among ETH’s internationally renowned faculty and visiting professors, and additionally enroll in ETH’s wide variety of lecture courses and seminars. For more details regarding ETH’s offerings, please refer to the official ETH bulletin.


The exchange program is open to MArch I and MArch I AP students who will be entering their 4th or 6th semester in Spring 2018.

Preconditions for Application

Excellent academic standing.

Some knowledge of German would be helpful since most of the technical classes and lecture courses are taught in German. Tutors will be available to assist with translations if necessary. Please note that some courses are taught in English.

Each student will be required to plan the fulfillment of their remaining degree requirements.

  • 4th Semester Students: The studio option in Zurich will fulfill the requirement for the 4th semester core studio.  In order to satisfy the remaining 4th semester curriculum, students who attend the program should enroll in GSD 2223 or 2224, and 6230 during their 6th semester.
  • 6th Semester Students: The studio option in Zurich will fulfill the requirement for one GSD studio option.

Student Status for the Spring Semester

Students who participate in the ETH Zurich Exchange Program maintain their full-time matriculation status at the GSD during the Spring term. As such, normal GSD tuition rates apply to the semester abroad. Students who receive financial aid will get the same aid while in the program. Please note that an external award may have restrictions on usage. The ETH Zurich provides a stipend to assist with living expenses (amount TBD)

Application Materials

1) Letter of intent/motivation, including indication of German or French language skills.
2) PDF Portfolio


In early September, the department will announce, via email, the methods and exact deadline for submitting materials. Applications will be due in late September.


A jury of Architecture Faculty will make the selection based on the overall merits of the applicants.