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Admission requirements


Admission with a Swiss vocational baccalaureate

Holders of a federally recognized vocational baccalaureate combined with at least one year of basic vocational training in a profession related to the course of study are eligible to study.

For individuals with a non-technical vocational baccalaureate (all disciplines except TALS), we recommend enrolling in a preparatory course for all bachelor's degree program (see Pre-College).

Admission with a diploma from a “Höhere Fachschule” or a “Fachmaturität”

Holders of a specialist baccalaureate are admitted with at least one year of working experience in a subject area related to the course of study.

Holders of a federal specialist certificate (professional examination) related to the course are admitted to the course.

Authorisation with supplementary professional experience

Admitted are individuals with a high school diploma and work experience in a field related to the course of study. There are two ways to acquire work experience.

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

For admission to the four-year practice-integrated bachelor's program, in addition to a high school diploma, an apprenticeship contract (internship contract) with a company must be provided. All relevant information about the program and partner companies can be found at the following links.

Additional conditions concerning permission to study

Candidates not fulfilling the above requirements are kindly requested to contact the academic office (

Admission with foreign diploma

Applicants with a foreign diploma are admitted if the foreign diploma is equivalent and the language skills in German are at level C1 according to the common European reference framework . Equivalence is based on the requirements of swissuniversities and can only be checked by the ZHAW admissions office after the application has been submitted in full. Please check the detailed information on admission and the necessary documents under the following link: Detailed information on admission with a foreign diploma