International profile

Porträtfoto Andreas Eberhart IP
“International contacts and the English language have now become so essential to the engineering professions that it is indispensable for me to be able to operate in an intercultural context. On a personal level, too, I found my exchange semester in the United States a wonderful experience. I made a lot of new contacts there, which I hope I will be able to maintain.”

Andreas Eberhart, graduate in Electrical Engineering, international profile stream

Once you have successfully completed your first year of study, you can opt to pursue your studies in the international profile. To do this, you need to sign up for specific courses that are taught in English, obtain an internationally recognised English certificate Level C1 and complete a semester or work placement or write your thesis abroad.

Students can apply for a foundation grant from the ZHAW School of Engineering for the exchange semester abroad in the International Profile stream.

Companies look for employees who feel at ease in a different cultural environment, are fluent in several languages and are able to succeed in more difficult circumstances. All that can be achieved with a semester or studies abroad. A stay abroad not only advances one’s education, it also expands one’s personal horizons enormously.

Alban Frei, M.Sc. UIUC, Head of Division and Partner, Zühlke Engineering AG



  • At least 20 ECTS points of the regular course content are completed in English at the School of Engineering.
  • Before completing the Bachelor’s degree programme, students do a semester or a work placement abroad (at least eight weeks) or write their dissertation abroad, which accounts for at least 12 ECTS points.
  • The module "Intercultural Communication and Management" must be completed successfully.
  • Students make themselves available at least once as "buddy" for incoming students.
  • By obtaining an internationally recognised English certificate at least Level C1 (Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English or equivalent) students demonstrate their language skills before completing their studies.
“A semester abroad means going somewhere where everyone speaks another language but everyone understands each other. You make new friends, learn about another culture and experience things that you won’t forget very quickly.”

Martin Vontobel, exchange student at the Universidad Europea de Madrid

Certificate on completion

"Certificate International Profile" with a detailed note of the record of achievement in English.


Enrolment for the International Profile takes place during the first year of study. Information for ZHAW School of Engineering students is available on the intranet.