Admission requirements

Admission

Admission with a Swiss vocational baccalaureate

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, Materials and Process Engineering or Systems Engineering.

Admission with a diploma from a Swiss higher specialised secondary school (in German, “Höhere Fachschule”) or a Swiss specialist baccalaureate (in German, “Fachmaturität”)

Holders of a diploma from a Swiss higher specialised secondary school (in German, “Höhere Fachschule”) in a profession related to their chosen study discipline are eligible for admission without further examination requirements. The same applies to candidates holding a Swiss specialist baccalaureate (in German, “Fachmaturität”) in subjects similar to their chosen study discipline. Candidates holding a Swiss Federal diploma from a Swiss higher specialised secondary school (in German, “Höhere Fachschule”) in a profession which is not related to their chosen study discipline are also eligible for admission without further examination requirements, provided that they also have at least one year of work experience in a field related to their chosen study discipline.

Authorisation with supplementary professional experience

Internship
Candidates holding a school leaving certificate must provide evidence of completing a professional internship of at least 12 months before commencing a bachelor programme.

Practice-integrated Bachelor 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.

Additional conditions concerning permission to study

Candidates not fulfilling the above requirements are kindly requested to contact the study programme secretariat (info-sg.engineering@zhaw.ch).

Admission with foreign diploma

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.
  • Copies of recognised German language diplomas (Goethe Zertifikat C1, Zentrale Mittelstufen Prüfung or equivalent). The ZHAW offers German courses to prepare for the Goethe Zertifikat C1.
  • An academic and professional CV.

It is the responsibility of the candidate to provide evidence that the conditions for their admission have been fulfilled.

Fact Sheet for Study Candidates from Abroad