Latin and Greek

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 before Fall Semester 2019, you are likewise deemed to have completed the requirements of a new compulsory module. In this case the 12 ECTS credits 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.

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

Study Programs with Latin or Greek Requirements

Latein im Bachelorstudium

Studienprogramm   Grundlagen Latein II
Altertumswissenschaften Minor Pflicht  
Archäologien Major Pflicht  
Archäologien Minor Pflicht  
Französische Sprach- und Literaturwiss. Major Pflicht  
Französische Sprach- und Literaturwiss. Minor Pflicht  
Geschichte Major Pflicht  
Geschichte Minor Pflicht  
Griechische Philologie Major Pflicht  
Griechische Philologie Minor Pflicht  
Iberoromanische Sprach- und Literaturwiss. Major Pflicht  
Iberoromanische Sprach- und Literaturwiss. Minor Pflicht  
Italienische Sprach- und Literaturwiss. Major Pflicht  
Italienische Sprach- und Literaturwiss. Minor Pflicht  
Lateinische Philologie Major Pflicht Pflicht
Lateinische Philologie Minor Pflicht Pflicht
Musikwissenschaft Major Pflicht  
Musikwissenschaft Minor Pflicht  
Vergleichende Romanische Sprachwiss. Major Pflicht  
Vergleichende Romanische Sprachwiss. Minor Pflicht  

 Latein im Masterstudium*

Studienprogramm   Grundlagen Latein II
Altertumswissenschaften Mono Pflicht  
Alte Geschichte Minor Pflicht  
Archäologische Kulturwissenschaften Mono   Pflicht
Geschichte Major Pflicht  
Geschichte Minor Pflicht  
Geschichte des Mittelalters Minor Pflicht  
Iberoromanische Sprachwiss. / Literaturwiss. Major Pflicht  
Iberoromanische Sprachwiss. / Literaturwiss. Minor Pflicht  
Italienische Sprachwiss. / Literaturwiss. Major Pflicht  
Italienische Sprachwiss. / Literaturwiss. Minor Pflicht  
Mediävistik Major Pflicht  
Mittellateinische Philologie Minor Pflicht Pflicht
Musikwissenschaft Major Pflicht  
Musikwissenschaft Minor Pflicht  

* Ist Latein auf der entsprechenden Stufe schon im Bachelor erworben worden, müssen die Kurse im Master nicht mehr absolviert werden.

Latein im Studium zum LfM

Studienprogramm   Grundlagen Latein II
Französisch                                                     1. UF Pflicht  
Französisch 2. UF Pflicht  
Italienisch 1. UF Pflicht  
Italienisch 2. UF Pflicht  
Spansich 1. UF Pflicht  
Spanisch 2. UF Pflicht  

Griechisch im Bachelorstudium

Studienprogramm   Grundlagen Latein II
Griechische Philologie                                     Major Pflicht Pflicht
Griechische Philologie Minor Pflicht Pflicht
Lateinische Philologie Major Pflicht  
Lateinische Philologie Minor Pflicht  

Griechisch im Masterstudium*

Studienprogramm   Grundlagen Latein II
Altertumswissenschaften                                  Mono Pflicht  

* Ist Griechisch auf der entsprechenden Stufe schon im Bachelor erworben worden, müssen die Kurse im Master nicht mehr absolviert werden.

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. 

Other evidence of competence in Latin 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

Proof of Language Competence in Greek

From Fall Semester 2019, it will also be possible to acquire the knowledge of Greek required to study 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 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.