MOOCs at Swiss Universities

Several Swiss universities are now offering exciting Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) that you can learn for free* and from home. Here’s a brief overview of the courses offered by the best universities in Switzerland

 ETH Zurich

Quality of Life: Livability in Future Cities

Considering the growing urbanization that the world is witnessing, this course proposes insights about livability and quality of life in a future city. Several topics will be addressed, such as urban planning, energy, climate, ecology and mobility. Learn more about it here.

Starting date: Self-paced, current

University of Lausanne

Doping: Sports, organizations & sciences

The objective of this course is to encourage a critical understanding of doping. To achieve this goal, this course will rely on a multidisciplinary approach that allows you to see how different disciplines get into a single object, in different perspectives and in often complementary ways. Learn more about it here.

Start date: May 22, 2017 

University of Zürich

Biodiversity and Global Change: Science & Action

In this course, participants will learn the concept of ‘biodiversity science’. The importance of biodiversity will be assessed and the processes that create and maintain diversity will also be studied. The last part of the course will focus on the major threats and challenges concerning biodiversity. Learn more about it here.

Start date: May 29, 2017


Technology innovation for sustainable development

This course presents a methodology and an approach to develop impactful innovations that have the power to foster sustainable development. Learn more about it here.

Start date: Self-paced, Current 

University of Geneva

Particle Physics: An introduction

This course introduces you to subatomic physics, i.e. the physics of nuclei and particles and aimed at people who have a basic education in physics, especially classical mechanics and electrodynamics. Learn more about it here.

Start date: May 29, 2017 

Ecosystem Services: a Method for Sustainable Development

This MOOC will cover scientific (technical), economic, and socio-political dimensions of the concept through a mix of theory, case-studies, interviews with specialists and a serious-game. Learn more about it here.

Start date: May 29, 2017

Simulation and modeling of natural processes

This course gives an introduction to modeling methods and simulation tools for a wide range of natural phenomena. The different methodologies that will be presented here can be applied to a very wide range of topics such as fluid motion, stellar dynamics, population evolution. Learn more about it here.

Start date: May 30, 2017

University of Lugano

Enroll in the first MOOC produced by the Institute of Italian Studies at USI and dedicated to the Divina Commedia, entitled ‘From time to eternity. An introduction to Dante’s Commedia’. The course will be available online (in Italian) free of charge from March 21st, 2016, for a full year. Learn more about it here.

Starting date: Self-paced, current

University of Basel

Exploring Possible Futures: Modeling in Environmental and Energy Economics
This course will be aimed at determining how the future cities will look like and in what extent humans contribute to climate change. Answers will be found through the use of economic modeling and also the development by participants of a new economic model. Learn more about it here.

Starting date: To be announced

One Health: Connecting Humans, Animals and the Environment

This course presents the concept of One Earth, a programme that suggests solutions to the current health challenges, in particular with respect to disease prevention and control. It also explores the interconnection between public health policies and animal welfare measures. Learn more about it here.

Starting date: To be announced

* The access to the courses mentioned above are free. However, the payment of a small fee is required if the participant is willing to receive a diploma certifying his/her participation to the course.