Procedure for setting up a Cotutelle de Thèse

Since August 2021 the Dean's Offices are in charge of the administration of cotutelle de thèse for doctoral candidates. Please address your queries to the contact person at the Dean's Office at your faculty. 

Attention: the procedure for setting up a cotutelle de thèse at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (PhF) differs from the general procedure mentioned below. Please find further information and relevant forms on the website of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

1. Application to the Dean's Office

If you are a doctoral candidate interested in establishing a cotutelle de thèse with UZH, please submit the filled in Data_Sheet_Motivation_Letter (DOCX, 55 KB) to the person in charge of cotutelle at your desired faculty. With this information the Dean's Office determines if the requirements for a cotutelle are met. 

2. Approval of the Dean

For each cotutelle, the supervising professor at UZH must apply for approval from the Dean of the faculty in question. Please use the following: Application Form (DOCX, 50 KB). Applications must be submitted to the person in charge of cotutelle at the Dean's Office. 

3. Cotutelle Agreement

Upon receiving the Dean's approval, a cotutelle agreement between the two universities can be concluded.

The procedure is as follows:

  1. The doctoral candidate completes the form Cotutelle Details Agreement (DOCX, 50 KB) and sends it to the person in charge of cotutelle at the Dean's Office. This information is needed for setting up the agreement.
  2. The Dean's Office works out the cotutelle agreement with the partner university in consultation with the doctoral candidate and the thesis supervisors. 
  3. As soon as the doctoral candidate has received confirmation for admission at UZH and the partner university, the doctoral candidate and the representatives of both universities sign the cotutelle agreement.

4. Matriculation

Doctoral candidates are enrolled at both universities for the entire duration of the doctorate, with fees only being paid at one university. If there is no enrollment requirement at the partner university, the doctoral candidate is required to pay fees at UZH.  Doctoral candidates are responsible for admission and enrollment at UZH and the partner university. For cotutelle doctoral candidates the regular registration deadlines apply for admission to doctoral studies at UZH. application procedure for doctoral candidates

The cotutelle agreement will only be signed once the doctoral student has received confirmation of admission.

All doctoral candidates are required to pay the enrollment fee at UZH and the semester fee for the first semester.