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We value networking. We cooperate with more than 400 universities, companies, government agencies and non-profit organizations around the world.


Carefully selected and cultivated partnerships form the basis for both knowledge sharing and cooperation in education and training in order to provide appropriate services and progress in research and development.

COVID-19: Communication about student exchanges

Dear partners,
and students

In addition to the information about COVID-19 on the ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences website and the ZHAW COVID-19 Safety Plan, we would like to tell you how our university is handling international student mobility.

  • Student exchanges continue to take place under the condition that all of the regulations issued by the ZHAW, the Swiss authorities and the local authorities in the countries of our partner universities are observed.
  • Information on the current situation and the applicable measures in Switzerland can be found on the website of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), including information on entry into Switzerland and quarantine rules, what to do in the event of symptoms of the disease, when and where to get tested, and the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Switzerland.
  • Up-to-date questions and answers about entering and studying in Switzerland can also be found on the website of the Swiss State Secretariat for Migration (SEM).
  • Information on the current situation and the applicable measures in the Canton of Zurich can be found on the website of the Department of Health of the Canton of Zurich (in German only).
  • From 20 September 2021, the COVID certificate requirement applies in all publicly accessible buildings at the ZHAW for Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes as well as continuing education courses. In addition to a valid COVID certificate, students must also identify themselves by means of a photo ID (e.g. Campus Card, identity card, passport, driving licence).

    Swiss COVID certificates, EU Digital COVID Certificates and certificates compatible with the EU Digital COVID Certificate will be validated on the basis of the QR code using the COVID Certificate Check app (the official app for checking COVID certificates in Switzerland).

    Important for vaccinated incoming students who do not have one of the aforementioned certificates but do have some other proof of vaccination (e.g. a foreign certificate or international vaccination certificate):
    Please contact the International Relations Office (IRO) responsible for you before attending classes on site.

    For students on a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree programme without a valid COVID certificate, an alternative will be offered that enables them to participate in their courses.

    Further information can be found in the ZHAW COVID-19 Safety Plan.
  • The International Relations Offices (IROs) in the ZHAW Schools support their incoming and outgoing students as much as possible to ensure that they can successfully complete their studies at the ZHAW or at our partner universities. The IROs work out individual solutions for students wherever possible and whenever necessary. Students are requested to contact the IRO of their ZHAW School as soon as possible if they have any questions or concerns.
  • Important for all incoming and outgoing students:
    Remain in contact with the IRO of your ZHAW School before and during your semester abroad, especially if conditions change.
    Please keep up to date about the situation and applicable measures in your home country and host country. We recommend that you organise your travel or flight plans and accommodation as close to your departure date as possible, that you do not confirm your plans any earlier than necessary and that you take out travel cancellation insurance.
  • Important for students who do an exchange within the Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP) partly or completely online from their home country:
    Register with the IRO of your ZHAW School and inform them about the plans for your mobility semester. There could be ramifications for your SEMP grant if you do your mobility semester virtually from your home country or discontinue it part-way through.

The circumstances of the pandemic can change quickly, so the guidelines and requirements from the authorities and the ZHAW might be modified at short notice. We therefore ask you to regularly consult the information on this website.

Thank you for your cooperation!

ZHAW International Affairs Office

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.

INUAS Munich-Vienna-Zurich

Together with the FH Campus Wien University of Applied Sciences and the HM Hochschule München University of Applied Sciences, the ZHAW forms the university network INUAS Munich-Vienna-Zurich. The network initiates collaborative efforts and projects that focus on “Urban and Regional Quality of Life” and drives discussions about transformative processes in growing cities.

To this end, INUAS focuses on an inter- and transdisciplinary approach that combines economic, ecological, social and technological perspectives to generate ideas for sustainably improving quality of life. One example is the INUAS conference series “Urban Transformations: Housing | Resources | Public Spaces”, the second part of which took place at the Munich University of Applied Sciences from 3rd to 5th March 2021. Find out more about the conference 2021 on the INUAS website (in German).

The third part of the conference series will focus on “Public Spaces” and take place in Winterthur from 7th to 9th September 2022.

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.