Conditions of participation

Valid as of 1 January 2020.


  • Graduate Campus courses for PhD candidates are aimed primarily at PhD candidates matriculated at the University of Zurich. If you are not matriculated at UZH then you must apply for  Module Mobility in order to book a module.
  • For technical reasons the courses do not have waiting lists. We recommend that you use the UZH Module Booking Tool to check for free course places, in particular 2-3 weeks before the first day of a course (in the time between the booking and cancelling deadline).
  • Courses can only be booked online using the UZH module booking tool. You can only book modules during the module booking period and after paying your semester fees.
  • You are responsible for monitoring your own bookings and cancellations. This includes ensuring that your bookings or cancellations have been processed correctly.
  • If there is an insufficient number of participants, Graduate Campus reserves the right to cancel or postpone a course.


  • Before the canceling deadline: It is possible to cancel a course registration until three weeks before the first day of the course, midnight (see the respective course description for the exact date). It is your responsibility to cancel a booking in time using the UZH module booking tool.
  • After the canceling deadline: If an excuse is submitted without being prompted by email to, Graduate Campus will cancel your booking. An email sent only to the instructor is not valid.
  • An unexcused absence (so-called "no-show") leads to a lost course place and takes the place of another participant away and is therefore prohibited. Without a written apology sent to the Graduate Campus before the start of the course by email to, the booked but not fully attended course is recorded as a "Fail" on your transcript of records. An absence of more than 2 hours without prior notice to the Graduate Campus is also considered as an unexcused absence. An excuse given only to the instructor is not valid.


Each course has an assessment requirement which must be fulfilled, regardless of whether an ECTS credit is needed or not. Complete participation is a part of this assessment. 

If you do not complete the assessment, the course will be recorded as a "Fail" on your transcript of records.

ECTS credits

An ECTS credit can only be be awarded upon successful course completion and perfect attendance

Concerning the number and allocation of ECTS credits, the following rules apply:

  • A course consists of a workload of 1 ECTS credits, i.e. 30 hours, including independent study and course participation
  • Each course has an assessment requirement which must be fulfilled
  • Attendance of all course sessions (complete participation).

The individual faculties decide whether or not academic achievements can be considered a curricular element of your doctoral studies.

Course participants are not automatically entitled to have a completed course recognized or considered as a part of their doctoral studies. For this reason, doctoral candidates are strongly encouraged to determine whether or not a course is recognized as a part of their doctoral studies before registering for a university-wide course. Ideally, the PhD candidate should discuss whether the recognition of courses with his or her supervisor before registering for a course.

Academic achievements are recognized as such if the ECTS credits earned appear on the transcript of records.