Practice-integrated Bachelor programme
“The combination of study and work experience is ideal for me. After spending two years acquiring the theoretical knowledge I will need, I will spend the whole of my third year of study at Swiss Federal Railways. That way, I can derive far greater benefit from my internship. I am sure that this will ensure that I am ideally prepared for the world of work.”
Ximena Florez, studying Transport Systems in the Practice-integrated Bachelor programme
You have the school-leaving certificate, are interested in technology, and would like to study at a university of applied sciences without having to first complete a twelve-month internship? The practice-integrated Bachelor programme offers you this opportunity by combining theory with professional experience. The students acquire practical experience in a company alongside a four-year Bachelor programme – which is adjusted to match the course content.
The ZHAW School of Engineering offers the practice-integrated Bachelor programme in all courses of study. Aviation, Electrical Engineering, Energy and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering / Materials and Process Engineering, Systems Engineering, Transport Systems, Industrial Engineering.
To qualify for admission to a bachelor degree programme incorporating practical work experience, you will need a Swiss general baccalaureate (in German, “gymnasiale Maturität”) and a training contract (internship contract) with a company.
Interested prospective students apply directly to a partner company for an internship, the contact data is available from our Degree programme secretariat.
- School-leaving certificate or equivalent
- Training contract (= internship contract) with a company
Please apply directly to one of our partner companies for an internship position. You can request contact details from our programme secretariat at email@example.com. The application period for the autumn semester begins in January.
Programme registration needs to be submitted to the programme secretariat by 30 April. The signed training agreement must be sent in by 31 July.
The bachelor degree programme incorporating practical work experience generally lasts four years. The practical component accounts for 40 percent of the course and comprises a company internship, laboratory and project work and the bachelor thesis. The study components are the same as those contained in the regular bachelor degree curriculum.
Study model for all courses of study*
Part-time model I
Part-time model II
The four-year study programme is concluded with a Bachelor thesis in the final year. In the project work and Bachelor thesis, you will independently deal with current topics and problems in close collaboration with the company where you are completing your internship.
Graduates are awarded the protected and internationally recognised title of Bachelor of Science ZFH in (Study programme / Focus). The Bachelor programme comprises a total of 180 credits*.
* ECTS = European Credit Transfer System: uniform European evaluation system of performance criteria as part of the Bologna Reform. Around 30 hours of student work corresponds to one credit.
Application / Registration / Contact
Please contact the person in charge of the desired study programme.
Information for companies
Do you work for a company and would like to offer internship posi-tions for the Practice-Integrated Bachelor programme?