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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

The Swiss Federal Council has declared that the end of March 2022 will mark the end of the “special situation”. The ZHAW will officially return to regular university operations on 1 April 2022.

Student exchanges take place as usual, 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.

Important information and contacts for incoming and outgoing students

  • 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. Please contact the IRO of your ZHAW School as soon as possible if you have any questions or concerns.
  • Please 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 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.

Since 2019, INUAS has been organising the international conference series “Urban Transformations: Housing | Resources | Public Spaces” and providing a platform for addressing current issues and perspectives for the development of cities and regions.

The third part of the conference series takes place in Winterthur from 7th to 9th September 2022 and will focus on “Public Spaces”. In the five sections PARTICIPATION / ECOLOGY / MOBILITY AND ENERGY / DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT as well as METHODOLOGY, questions related to the ecological, political, planning, social and technological challenges and opportunities in public spaces will be addressed.

Further information can be found on the INUAS website.

ZHAW International Evening 2021

The ZHAW International Evening 2021 took place online on Monday, 8 November. This year's motto was “Building Global Bridges With You”.

Learn more about the event 2021 on the event webpage.

University magazine “Impact”

In connection with the ZHAW International Evening 2021, ZHAW has launched an English edition of the university magazine “Impact”. Read more about studies, research, continuing education and the people at ZHAW.

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.