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Why have the rankings been removed? Surely these should be included, as is the case with the pages of the worlds other top universities. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:39, 4 March 2011 (UTC)

Research Institutes[edit]

Why is the CERN not mentioned anywhere? Many physicists work together with cern!


Should something about finding places and building/room/floor naming be mentioned?


Should details on computers, operating systems, dns/hostnames, stats, clusters be listed?

Food, Mensa[edit]

Eating at ETH facilities?


As it stands there are 3 photos of the main building. They are very nice photos, but I think that usefully one of them, could be replaced with a photo of the Hoenggerberg "science city". Anyone agree?

Agreed, the surroundings of the ETH main building are not anymore the only part of the city, where the ETH is represented. Necmon (talk) 11:57, 27 October 2008 (UTC)


article says acronym "ETH" is not expanded in English and thus offical name is "ETH Zürich" But citation provided is link to definition of uniform address format (to make the postman's life easier), which is not the same thing as the offical name. As far as I know offical english name is "Swiss Federal Institute of Technology"?

The above paragraph is incorrect. The requirement to only use "ETH Zurich" as the name has nothing to do with the postman; the page that may have been referenced in the past just happens to be the one that is easiest to find and available in English.

The authoritative answer can be found in the corporate design manual, which is only available in German and requires an ETH account.

Page 16 of the corporate design manual dated August 2011 states (in German): "Die ETH Zürich tritt nur noch unter der Bezeichnung «ETH Zürich» bzw. «ETH Zurich» (engl.) gemäss dem Beschluss der Schulleitung vom 29. November 2005 auf.[…] Eine weitere wichtige und beabsichtigte Konsequenz ist das Eliminieren der englischen Bezeichnung «Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich». […] Abkürzungen wie ETHZ sind nicht erlaubt."

In an internal email that was received by all ETH Zurich employees on March 22, 2006, the decision was justified as follows: "In November 2005, the Executive Board of ETH Zurich decided that in future ETH Zurich would have a single address in relation to the public. This decision was taken mainly to improve the visibility and recognition of ETH Zurich as an institution. ETH Zürich is now the only official address, along with its English version: ETH Zurich."

I think this should settle this question. --sh (talk) 17:03, 19 June 2012 (UTC)

Time to Graduation[edit]

"The regular time to reach graduation is six semesters for the Bachelor of Science degree and three further semesters for the Master of Science degree. The last semester is dedicated to writing a thesis."

These are recommended times. Bachelor/Master is quite new; first year should just have graduated. Any statistics on number of people who have to do a semester or two more? This will probably not be uncommon in, say, D-INFK. Just number of people who need to repeat the basisjahr will have an effect.

What is the length of a "semester" at the ETH? Half a year, 18 weeks or what?--TGC55 (talk) 14:03, 26 April 2008 (UTC)
3 month or so - it doesn't really matter. Important thing is that there are 2 per year, hence repeating a semester means an extra 1/2 year until graduation in best of cases. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:42, 1 February 2009 (UTC)


Article says: "Sometimes, the annually Erstsemestrigenfest takes place at extraordinary locations, for example the Zurich Airport." Unless I am mistaken, reason that the ESF has been moved the last 2 years (Maag event-hall, then the airport) is due to fire regulations and too many students, not just a desire to surprise the visitors as the above quote implies.

i dont read any intention of surprising anyone. and i would call a party at an airport where you can see all the planes starting and landing quite extraordinary. ( 22:02, 1 February 2007 (UTC))

Sorry, maybe I wasn't quite clear. I also think that the location was quite cool, but the "sometimes... takes place at extraordinary locations" does imply that usually it is in one particular place but sometimes exceptionally at others. However the ESF is almost certainly not going to be in the polyterasse again, because of the famous fire safety rules. I suggest something like "Due to fire safety regulations and the high number of participants, the annual Erstsemestrigenfest no longer takes place in the ETH itself and has been held in a number of unusual locations over the past few years - for example, the Zürich airport. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 16:26, 6 February 2007 (UTC).

Science City[edit]

ETH Zurich is building up Science City, so I think it would be important to mention it in this article.

Main Buildings[edit]

In the article it says that "The main building was constructed in the 1860s in the heart of the city". Can anybody knowledgeable with the historical development of Zurich confirm this? I thought that at the time there were few buildings in the region near the main building, and only afterwards in the later 19th century many others were built around it, but I don't know for sure. So at the time it might not really have been in the heart of the city. Paolo 13-mar-2006.

  • I was as an American exchange-student in ETHZurich. A tourist guide said, the ETH-Zentrum was conceived by G. Semper as a "citycrown" - that means: it was not in the center but very present in the heart of the old city by his presence... as a "flying palace" over the old churches and the lake and the river... Cornell, Lander Wy., 25-mar-06


What is the emblem of the university? ArchonMeld 23:12, 28 April 2006 (UTC)

There isn't more than just this simple logo [1] -- Firefox13 12:09, 29 April 2006 (UTC)


The ETH does not, to my knowledge, have an endowment (an american thing, really). The CHF 1.2 billion listed as an endowment was the 2005 budget, a completely different thing!

True, but since endowment as such is almost non-existent in continental europe, unlike private US institutions which have no budget in the sense of money from the state, it should be used as a equivalent term (unless the term "budget" is supported in that box).
"budget" does not seem to be supported (US-centrism ;)) - but that is no reason for using the endowment. Best solution IMO is to remove it and state the budget (not quite 100% from the state, incidentally) in the article text, because the two things are very different.


What does the ETH have to do with the European Institute of Technology? Matteo 10:06, 30 October 2006 (UTC).

The ETH Zurich is one of the Institutes in Europe which served as an inspiration for the European Institute of Technology and which could become one of the Institutes of the EIT: A European MIT?. Pvosta 10:55, 30 October 2006 (UTC)

Fair use rationale for Image:Eth logo.gif[edit]

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BetacommandBot (talk) 21:47, 13 February 2008 (UTC)

BWI Center for Enterprise Sciences[edit]

I'm not happy about this section that has just been copied into this article. When this center doesn't deserve its own article, then better delete it and don't impair this article. Now we can read more about this Center that I've never heard of (as ETH student) than about the history of the university. -- Firefox13 (talk) 08:48, 16 July 2009 (UTC)

Coordinate error[edit]


The coordinates need the following fixes:

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WebCam Z[1]ürich Sity Street Party 31.08.2010

Bandwidth (signal processing) (talk) 14:02, 29 July 2010 (UTC)

Coords appear to be correct, no specific correction suggested. — TRANSPORTERMAN (TALK) 16:10, 29 July 2010 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

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The result of the move request was: no consensus to move. Favonian (talk) 18:26, 28 May 2013 (UTC)

– Translation so that it is easier to understand. Official names in English. Relisted. BDD (talk) 17:16, 11 May 2013 (UTC) Adiecoly (talk) 08:56, 30 April 2013 (UTC)

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Main polytechnics?[edit]

The section Main polytechnics in Europe occurs a bit alien to the article, at least to me when I read it. IMO, if such a list is used, it should constitue a seperate article, and a link to it could be placed under the See also section in the ETH Zurich article. Furthermore, it is not clear on which criteria the list is formed. And strangely, as it stands, ETH Zurich is not included in the list. Georg Stillfried (talk) 09:26, 28 March 2014 (UTC)

I fully agree. I would remove it. Marra (talk) 07:39, 10 October 2014 (UTC)

Einstein - Graduate from ETH Zurich or not?[edit]

Hello Sapphorain, this message because I saw your removed some content stating that Albert Einstein was not a graduate from ETH Zurich. However, when I look for sources on the internet, most of them would say that he studied in ETH from 1896 until 1900. Please find attached the following links: [[2]] [[3]] [[4]] Let me know what you think, thank you. Manuelaklein (talk) 08:40, 4 April 2014 (UTC)

Hello Manuelaklein. Yes, it is true that Einstein studied at ETH. However, he did not graduate from ETH but from the University of Zurich in 1904, simply because the ETH could not (i.e., was not permitted) to deliver PhD's at that time. In Zurich only the University of Zurich could. The first PhD's by ETH were delivered in 1909, under the impulsion of its then president Jérôme Franel. Sapphorain (talk) 13:59, 4 April 2014 (UTC)
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