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The International Affairs Office promotes exchanges with international partner universities in the areas of teaching, continuing education, research, development and business services. It contributes towards firmly positioning the ZHAW in the international higher education landscape and supports employees and students in gaining international competencies.

ZHAW − Leading in seeking solutions

ZHAW is one of the leading universities of applied sciences in Switzerland. Teaching, research, continuing education and other services are both scientifically based and practically oriented. Our graduates are able to apply their knowledge responsibly in demanding professional fields. In research & development, we concentrate on seeking solutions to important societal challenges, with a particular focus on sustainable energy and social integration. With locations in Winterthur, Zurich and Wädenswil, ZHAW benefits from productive interaction with its regional communities and businesses, as well as from its broad cooperative programmes with diverse international partners.


Analysing − Recognising − Acting

ZHAW graduates apply reflective practice in their approach to social developments. We know that education means responsibility.

Quality in R&D and teaching

Exploring − Evaluating − Developing

Research and teaching at ZHAW meet the highest quality standards. We know that progress requires tradition.

Modern and innovative teaching

Discussing − Differentiating − Creating

Students at ZHAW combine theory and practice. We know that success requires innovative forms of learning.


Experiencing − Perceiving − Discovering

Students at ZHAW appreciate the cultural diversity, the open discussion culture and the beauty of Switzerland. We know that openness requires vision.

Internationally oriented

Networking − Collaborating − Connecting

ZHAW constantly invests in its relationships. We know that the future needs international cooperation.

ZHAW is one of the leading universities of applied sciences in Switzerland

A | Zurich
Applied Psychology
Social Work

B | Winterthur
Applied Linguistics
Architecture, Design and Civil Engineering
Health Professions
Management and Law

C | Wädenswil
Life Sciences and Facility Management

ZHAW International

The ZHAW moves in international circles, working across borders and intensifying cooperation with foreign partners in all disciplines, for both staff and students. We utilize the synergies resulting from collaboration with educational and research institutions around the globe. At the same time, the ZHAW values its regional position in the greater Zurich area, a hub in our globally connected world. We are convinced that our society needs more actors who are competent and responsible, who work in networks to generate knowledge, and who recognise cultural diversity as an advantage. Therefore, the International Affairs Office supports the members of the ZHAW community and their foreign partners.

Leading House South Asia and Iran

In spring 2017, the ZHAW became the Leading House for bilateral research cooperation with partner institutions in South Asia and Iran. On behalf of the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), the ZHAW promotes collaborative research activities with the major scientific institutions in this region.

Since 2008, the Swiss federal government has extended the focus of its international science policy to non-European countries that show significant scientific and technological potential. With currently six partner regions outside Europe, the government’s goal is to expand and strengthen science policy relations and cooperation. Each region is assigned a Leading House, which is responsible for coordinating the partnership.

On the webpage of the Leading House South Asia and Iran you will find detailed information about the funding instruments, modalities attached to these and how to apply for grants.

Studying and working abroad

The ZHAW promotes student mobility as well as staff mobility for lecturers, research associates and assistants and for technical and operational staff for limited periods of time at one of our partner universities.


Studying and working at the ZHAW

The ZHAW supports students and researchers from EU countries who wish to spend a semester in Switzerland. Even though Switzerland is currently not a full member of ‘Erasmus+’, the ‘Swiss European Mobility Programme’ secures that exchanges and cooperation with European partner universities continue to flourish.