Swiss Federal Institute of Technology - ETH Zurich • Zürich, Switzerland
ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology is a public university founded in 1854 by the Swiss Confederation. ETH is a science, technology, engineering and mathematics university in the city of Zürich, Switzerland, and It is a founding member of the IDEA League and the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) and a member of the CESAER network.
ETH Zurich is ranked among the best universities in the world, usually as the best university in the continental Europe. ETH Zurich is also ranked consistently among the top five universities in Europe and the top ten in the world.
A total of twenty-one Nobel Prizes have been awarded through the years to students and professor. The most famous Nobel Prize winner of this institution was Albert Einstein.
Students of this institution have a tight curriculum that covers as much as twice the number of lectures of the same courses from other Swiss universities. Nonetheless, ETH Zurich counts with over 100 student’s associations. The most notable of all is the VSETH (Verband der Studierenden an der ETH) that comprehends all department associations. Their annual Erstsemestrigenfest takes place in different and strange places, like the Zürich Airport, and all freshmen students have a special treatment.
The Academic Sports Association of Zürich (ASVZ) of ETH Zürich offers more than 120 sports. Their biggest annual sports event is the SOLA-Stafette (SOLA relay race) that consists of fourteen sections over a total distance of 140 kilometers.
One of the most important traditions of ETH Zürich is their annual Polyball. Polyball is a prestigious public event traditional of ETH since the 1880s. At the end of November, around ten thousand of dancers, music-lovers and many other people reunite at the decorated main building of ETH. The ETH Polyball is known as the biggest decorated ball in Europe.