International Affairs

Internationalisation is one of the five parts of the Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences legal mandate (teaching / research + development / services / continuing education / international relations).

The School of Architecture, Design and Civil Engineering maintains international contacts at several levels and through various channels, and cultivates close contacts with selected partner institutions.

Within the framework of bilateral agreements with selected partner universities in Spain, Portugal, England, Germany, Slovenia and India, the Architecture degree programme supports student participation (also as free movers at a university of their choice) in exchange programmes and cultivates these contacts at staff level too.
The seminar weeks, which take place regularly in the form of study trips to European capitals, are another important part of the training and curricula.

Regular workshops with other universities provide opportunities for international cooperation.

Several projects have been realized within the framework of long-standing cooperation with Orlová, an industrial city in Moravian Ostrava (Czech Republic).

Partner universities

Universiteit Antwerpen

KU Leuven, Gent / Brussel

Universität der Künste, Berlin

Kingston University, London

Universidade do Minho, Guimaraes

University of Ljubljana Faculty of Architecture

UPC-ETSA Barcelona

UPV-ETSA Valencia

CEPT Ahmedabad


Students who participate in the Erasmus exchange programme must arrange a personal discussion with the Head of International Relations at the School of Architecture, Design and Civil Engineering in Winterthur at least one week before the beginning of the semester.


In this discussion, the student must present the following documents:

  • a portfolio of previous work
  • a confirmation letter from the home university
  • a letter of recommendation from the Professor of Design
  • a completed enrolment form for the semester abroad
  • confirmation of health and accident insurance for the period of the semester abroad

Enrolment deadlines

October 15 for the spring semester
March 15 for the autumn semester *

* in the BA/BSc degree programme, the exchange should take place in the 5th semester.

Application form