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Work-study Bachelor’s degree programme

"In this way, the practical experience necessary for studying at a university of applied sciences was not a hurdle for me, it was simply part of the study."

Jan Scheuermeier, PiBS graduate in computer science

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 work-study Bachelor’s degree 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 work-study Bachelor’s degree programme in all courses of study. Aviation, Data ScienceElectrical Engineering, Energy and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Transport Systems, Industrial Engineering.

Admission Requirements

In order to be admitted to the work-study Bachelor’s degree programme, you must have a secondary school matriculation (in German, “gymnasiale Maturität”) and a 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 degree programme secretariat at The application period for the autumn semester begins in January. 

The registration for the degree programme must be submitted to the degree programme secretariat by April 30. The signed training agreement must be submitted by July 31.

Attention: The secondary school graduates (Matura holders) who can already demonstrate one year of work experience in any career related to the field of study meet the admission conditions for the regular Bachelor's degree program and are therefore not admitted to the work-study Bachelor’s degree programme. 

Our partners (in german)

Firma Studiengang Arbeitsort Verfügbarkeit
Acodis AG Data Science, Informatik Winterthur Plätze frei
Atfinity GmbH Informatik, Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen Zürich Plätze frei
Angst + Pfister Informatik, Maschinentechnik Zürich-Oerlikon Plätze frei
Angst + Pfister Sensors and Power AG Elektrotechnik Zürich Plätze frei
Balzano Informatik AG Data Science, Informatik, Systemtechnik Wallisellen Plätze frei
Baumer Group Elektrotechnik, Data Science, Informatik, Systemtechnik Frauenfeld Plätze frei
Bär Bahnsicherung AG Elektrotechnik, Verkehrssysteme Fehraltdorf Plätze frei
Brütsch Elektronik AG Elektrotechnik, Data Science, Informatik, Maschinentechnik, Systemtechnik Uhwiesen geschlossen
Burckhardt Compression AG Maschinentechnik, Elektrotechnik Winterthur Plätze frei
CLB Schweiz GmbH Energie- und Umwelttechnik, Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen Zürich Plätze frei
dxb gmbh Informatik Sulgen Plätze frei
EBP Schweiz AG Data Science, Informatik Zürich Plätze frei
Elektrizitätswerke des Kantons Zürich EKZ Energie- und Umwelttechnik Zürich Plätze frei
Fela Gruppe Data Science, Informatik, Elektrotechnik, Systemtechnik Diessenhofen Plätze frei
Feller AG Data Science, Informatik, Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen, Elektrotechnik Horgen Plätze frei
Geberit International AG Informatik Jona Plätze frei
Götz Elektro AG Elektrotechnik Höri Plätze frei
Hamilton Bonaduz AG Informatik Bonaduz Plätze frei
Hermed Medizintechnik Schweiz AG Elektrotechnik, Systemtechnik Rapperswil Plätze frei
iten metal hoses AG Maschinentechnik, Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen Birmensdorf Plätze frei
iTrust Data Science, Informatik, Systemtechnik, Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen Cham Plätze frei
IWK Integrierte Wärme und Kraft AG Energie- und Umwelttechnik Seuzach Plätze frei
Knecht Reisen AG Informatik Windisch geschlossen
Lufthansa Systems FlightNav AG Aviatik Glattbrugg Plätze frei
Metron Verkehrsplanung AG Verkehrssysteme Brugg Plätze frei
Planing Ingenieurunternehmung AG Elektrotechnik Balters FL Plätze frei
Probst Maveg AG Maschinentechnik Lyss Plätze frei
Rhätische Bahn AG Verkehrssysteme Chur Plätze frei
Roth Technik AG Maschinentechnik, Systemtechnik, Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen Sulgen geschlossen
Rudolf Keller & PartnerVerkehrsingenieure AG Verkehrssysteme Muttenz Plätze frei
SBB AG Data Science, Informatik Bern Plätze frei
SCANCO Medical AG Systemtechnik Brüttisellen Plätze frei
Steinemann Technology AG Maschinentechnik, Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen St. Gallen Plätze frei
Storz Endoskop Produktions GmbH Elektrotechnik, Data Science, Informatik, Systemtechnik Schaffhausen Plätze frei
Stüssi Betonvorfabrikation AG Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen Dällikon Plätze frei
SWISSbyte GmbH Data Science, Informatik Wäldi TG Plätze frei
Swisscom Informatik (nur Teilzeitmodell, Studienort Winterthur) Bern, Olten, Zürich Plätze frei
ti&m AG Informatik, Systemtechnik Zürich Plätze frei
Vela Solaris AG Energie- und Umwelttechnik Winterthur Plätze frei
Verkehrsbetriebe Zürich VBZ Verkehrssysteme Zürich Plätze frei

“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 Work-study Bachelor’s degree programme


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 models (in german)


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 positions for the Work-study Bachelor’s degree programme?