Latin and Greek

New Latin Requirements Starting Fall Semester 2019

Until now Latin has been a formal requirement at UZH for degree programs in the humanities, including history, Romance language and literature, musicology and other programs. From Fall Semester 2019, students will be able to remedy gaps in their knowledge of Latin (depending on the specific requirements of their subject) in a single compulsory module worth 6 ECTS credits (basic Latin) or in two modules worth 12 ECTS credits (full proficiency in Latin).

Students with a Swiss university entrance qualification or a federally recognized cantonal school-leaving certificate with Latin as a main or basic subject are deemed to have met the requirements of the compulsory Latin module and instead do certain other coursework worth 6 ECTS credits (or 12 ECTS credits for Latin, Medieval Latin, and Greek philology).

If you have already completed the 12-ECTS-credit Latin module at the UZH and ETH Zurich Language Center, you are likewise deemed to have completed the requirements of a new compulsory module in a successor program. In this case the 12 ECTS points can be credited to your degree. If your coursework was graded, you can decide before graduating whether Latin is credited to your degree as graded or ungraded coursework.

There are still discontinued degree programs for which a knowledge of Latin is a study requirement. As previously, for these programs the ECTS credits you acquire with the proof of Latin skills cannot be credited to your degree.

However, for all newly-offered and discontinued programs from Fall Semester 2019 onwards, proof of language competence will require only 6 ECTS credits rather than 12 as was previously the case. As part of an interim solution, the Language Center's new Latin language courses with 6 ECTS credits can already be booked for Spring Semester 2019. This rule applies to all degrees from Fall Semester 2019, with the exception of Latin, Medieval Latin, and Greek Philology.

Proof of Language Competence in Latin

  • Swiss university entrance qualification or a federally recognized cantonal school-leaving certificate with Latin as a main or basic subject (even with a fail grade)
  • Swiss university entrance qualification or a federally recognized cantonal school-leaving certificate with Latin as an optional subject (elective or optional course) and a pass grade, provided preparation for the examination and the mode of examination correspond to the modalities designated as the “Zurich model” as per the 7 November 2009 regulations for the Swiss Latinum Helveticum examination
  • Proof that you have passed the «Latinum Helveticum» supplementary examination of the Swiss Maturity Commission (SMK)
  • Proof that you have passed the supplementary examination in Latin (“Latinum”) of the Language Center of the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich
  • Proof that you have passed the supplementary examination in Latin (“Latinum”) of another Swiss university
  • Proof that you have passed the final examination for the AKAD College Latin course (“Latinum”)
  • Proof of successful completion of the University of Zurich Faculty of Theology’s Latin course done in conjunction with the Ancient Greek course
  • Certificate of general qualification for university entrance (Abiturzeugnis), including qualification in Latin (Germany)
  • Proof that you have passed the Latin examination of a state education authority (Germany)
  • High-school leaving certificate (Reifeprüfungszeugnis) from an AHS school, including qualification in Latin (Austria);
  • Diploma di istruzione secondaria superiore del Liceo classico, including qualification in Latin (Italy)
  • Other evidence of competence in Latin will be reviewed by the person responsible for Latin at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in consultation with the specialists at the Department of Greek and Latin Philology on the basis of a written application.
  • If a student has a Swiss university entrance qualification or a federally recognized cantonal school-leaving certificate with Latin as a main or basic subject, the University of Zurich Student Administration Office will record their knowledge of Latin at matriculation. All other proofs of language competence in Latin must be submitted to the faculty’s Student Services for crediting.

Proof of Language Competence in Greek

From Fall Semester 2019, it will also be possible to acquire the knowledge of Greek required to study archaeology and Latin and Greek philology in a compulsory module that can be used toward the degree. Students with one of the proofs of competence in Greek listed below are deemed to have already fulfilled the coursework requirements for this compulsory module and instead do certain other coursework:

  • Swiss university entrance qualification or a federally recognized cantonal school-leaving certificate with Greek as a main or basic subject (even with a fail grade)
  • Swiss university entrance qualification or a federally recognized cantonal school-leaving certificate with Greek as an optional subject (elective or optional course) and a pass grade
  • Proof that you have passed the supplementary examination in Greek (“Graecum”) of the Language Center of the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich
  • Swiss university entrance qualification or a federally recognized cantonal school-leaving certificate with Greek as a main or basic subject (even with a fail grade)

Other evidence of competence in Latin or Greek will be reviewed on an individual basis by the specialists at the Department of Greek and Latin Philology. If this applies to you, please contact Student Services.

Latin Requirements for the Programs for the Teaching Diploma

Admission to the final examination for the program for the Teaching Diploma for Upper Secondary Education requires a knowledge of Latin if you are doing the diploma to teach French, Italian or Spanish. This applies whether the language in question is the first, second or an additional subject you are going to teach. The same provisions apply to proof of language competence as for major and minor study programs at bachelor’s and master’s level.