Candidates holding a vocational baccalaureate recognised by the Swiss Confederation who have also completed basic vocational training in a profession related to their chosen study discipline are eligible for admission. Candidates who have completed a commercial apprenticeship are recommended to attend a bridging course (for examples, see www.vorkurs.ch). Candidates wishing to study Computer Science should also take a convergence course in programming.
Note: a completed commercial apprenticeship is not a sufficient qualification for admission to the bachelor degree programmes in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Systems Engineering.
Holders of a diploma from a Swiss higher specialised secondary school (in German, “Höhere Fachschule”) with a federally recognized HF diploma and at least one year of work experience in a profession related to the course.
Holders of a federal specialist certificate (professional examination) related to the course are admitted to the course.
Candidates holding a school leaving certificate must provide evidence of completing a professional internship of at least 12 months before commencing a bachelor programme. If you lack this practical experience, the Youth2Engineers program offers you a entry level. You complete a two-month pre-study internship at the ZHAW School of Engineering, followed by a ten-month internship in a company.
Work-study Bachelor’s degree programme
To be admitted to the practice-integrated Bachelor programme, the student must have a training contract (= internship contract) with a company, as well as the school-leaving certificate.
Candidates not fulfilling the above requirements are kindly requested to contact the study programme secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Candidates who have completed their school career entirely or partially in other countries must submit the following documents in addition to the application form:
- A notarised translation of the highest school diploma into German (or English as an exception) with specification of the course subjects. As a rule, this diploma authorises admission to a university in the country of origin. The Rectors’ Conference of Swiss Universities has put together precise admission rules for individual countries.
- The employer’s confirmation of a minimum one-year internship in the subject area of the selected study programme.
- A copy of a recognized German certificate at level C1 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages, or an equivalent document. In preparation for the C1 certificate, the ZHAW offers German courses.
- An academic and professional CV.
It is the responsibility of the candidate to provide evidence that the conditions for their admission have been fulfilled.