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International :15 Dec 
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MSc Comparative and International Studies

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

2 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

1160 CHF
1160 CHF

Application fee

International 150 CHF
National 50 CHF
Management, Humanities and Social Sciences
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100

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About this course

This degree programme takes into account the fact that the boundaries between international and domestic politics are gradually disappearing.

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Eligibility Criteria

Course specific requirement :

  • German test - N/A.
  • English test - Required,Level C1
  • GRE General Test - Required, except for students who have obtained their Bachelor Diploma.
  • Internship information - N/A
  • Letters of recommendation - 2 academic letters of recommendation
  • Course content information - N/A
  • Portfolio - N/A
  • CV - N/A
  • GMAT Test - N/A

English Language requirement:

Required Minimum C1 :

  • IELTS Academic - 7.0
  • * TOEFL Internet-based - 100**
  • Cambridge Proficiency (CPE) - grade C
  • Cambridge Advanced (CAE) - grade B

Required Minimum C2 :

  • IELTS Academic - 8.0
  • * TOEFL Internet-based - 110
  • Cambridge Proficiency (CPE) - grade C
  • Cambridge Advanced (CAE) - CAE not recognised as level C2

* TOEFL Score Reports are accepted only if sent to us by ETS. Please note that we receive score reports 6-8 weeks after the test date at the earliest.

** A TOEFL score of 100 is the target value; applicants who achieve a score of at least 98 do not need to retake the test.

Note: TOEFL paper-based scores are not recognised.

The following candidates are exempted from providing proof of their language skills:

  • persons whose declared mother tongue is the same as the language of instruction of their chosen Master's degree programme; or 
  • persons who have obtained a Bachelor's degree taught in the language required by their chosen Master's degree programme within one of the following countries:
  • for ENGLISH: Australia, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, UK, and USA;
  • for GERMAN: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein.
  • This applies only to degrees that were awarded by a university in the relevant country (no satellite campuses or international branch campuses in other countries, no correspondence course degrees, no joint- or double-degrees with institutions in other countries); or
  • holders of a Swiss matriculation certificate (gymnasiale Matura; applies to English and German, level C1 only); or
  • holders of a Bachelor's degree from ETH Zurich (applies to English and German, level C1 only); or
  • holders of a Bachelor's degree from EPF Lausanne (applies to English level C1 only).

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Course Modules


This master's programme covers basic questions of political order and governance under conditions of international interdependence. Core courses include Political Violence, Democracy and Political Economy.

A second aim of the degree programme is training in qualitative and quantitative research methods and design.

Bachelor’s degree holders with a social sciences background are admitted.

Credits ECTS: 90

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How to Apply

Admission Prerequisites

  • As a formal prerequisite to be eligible for admission to a Master's degree programme you need to have a Bachelor's degree from ETH Zurich or an equivalent first academic degree from an internationally recognised university
  • With regard to content the prerequisites are described in the requirement of each Master's degree programme. These prerequisites depend on your application category.
  • Evidence of an adequate command of the language(s) of instruction (German and/or English) is also required before the begin of studies.

Application :

  • The application consists of two parts. Fill in the online form first, and subsequently, send a printout of this form together with all necessary documents by letter.

Next steps :

  • Your application will be evaluated in the admission procedure, you will then receive a decision in writing. To accept your study place, send your registration to the Admissions Office.
  • Students are expected to complete the entire Master's degree programme at ETH Zurich. There are tight restrictions on recognition of previous study achievements (credit transfer).

Particular cases :

  • An application is also needed for re-entry or change of degree programme at Master's degree level.

Preparing your application

When can you apply?

  • If you have not yet completed your Bachelor's degree programme you can still apply now and be admitted upon the condition that you obtain your Bachelor's degree before the start of the desired Master's degree programme. In this case, it is important that in your application, you not only list the courses you have already completed but also all courses which you are currently taking or which you will still take as part of your Bachelor's degree programme.

Submitting your application :

  • Fill in the online application
  • All Master's degree programmes require an online application. After entering your data into an electronic application system, submit your application online. Additionally, you can pay your application fee by credit card when submitting your application. If you cannot pay by credit card you can choose one of the alternative payment methods mentioned in the site.

Send your written application :

  • In addition, you need to send a printout of the duly filled in and signed online application form to the Admissions Office, including all of the required paper documents (e.g. official transcripts). Please note that your written application must arrive at the Admissions Office on the second working days after the application.
  • When sending your application documents, please allow enough time for disruptions in delivery due to natural hazards and the general tendency for things to go wrong at the last minute. Please also take into account that the terms and conditions of many courier services specify a delivery time of up to five days between major cities.

Late applications :

  • Late applications will not be accepted.

List of documents :

  • Graduates of foreign (non-Swiss) universities
  • A signed printout of your application form
  • A copy of your matriculation certificate (e.g. Abitur, GCE, High School Diploma, Diploma of Secondary Education) that conforms to the specified standards
  • From each university attended: an official transcript(s) that conform(s) to the specified standards, including exchange programmes and programmes you did not complete; double degree programmes: transcripts from both universities
  • For completed programmes: a certified copy of your academic degree(s) (e.g. Bachelor Diploma)
  • that conform(s) to the specified standards
  • For programmes still in progress: an enrollment confirmation by your home university stating the duration of study and the title of the expected degree (title in the original language)
  • If available at your university: A certified copy of your diploma supplement(s) that conform(s) to the specified standards(usually issued in Bologna countries after degree completion)
  • If required: Language certificate/s (must be handed in before lectures commence)
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) with a complete list of schools and universities attended since secondary school, and without any biographical gaps
  • Evidence of payment (in case of electronic banking: payment order effected) if you are not paying the application fee of CHF 150 online by credit card.

Foreign-language documents :

  • Transcripts and Diplomas always have to be submitted in their original language (normally the national or local language). In addition, a translation conforming to the specified standards is required for every document not originally written in English, German, French or Italian.

Submitting Your Scores To ETH :

  • TOEFL Institution Code:9038
  • GRE Institution Code: 3331
  • GMAT Institution Code:VHF-70- 01

Address For Mailing Documents Is :

ETH Zurich

Admissions Office

Raemistrasse 101

HG F21.2-5

8092 Zurich


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