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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 geschlossen
Atfinity GmbH Informatik, Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen Zürich geschlossen
Angst+Pfister AG Data Science, Informatik, Maschinentechnik (Teilzeit bevorzugt) Zürich-Oerlikon Plätze frei (nur Data Science)
Angst+Pfister Sensors and Power AG Elektrotechnik (Teilzeit bevorzugt) Zürich geschlossen
Balzano Informatik AG Data Science, Informatik, Systemtechnik Wallisellen geschlossen
Baumer Group Elektrotechnik, Data Science, Informatik, Systemtechnik Frauenfeld Plätze frei
Bächli AG Elektrotechnik Obernau Plätze frei
Bär Bahnsicherung AG Elektrotechnik, Verkehrssysteme Fehraltdorf Plätze frei
BBC Bircher AG Elektrotechnik, Systemtechnik und Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen Beringen Plätze frei
Brütsch Elektronik AG Elektrotechnik, Data Science, Informatik, Maschinentechnik, Systemtechnik Uhwiesen Plätze frei
Burckhardt Compression AG Maschinentechnik, Elektrotechnik Winterthur Plätze frei
CLB Schweiz GmbH Energie- und Umwelttechnik, Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen Zürich Plätze frei
Concircle Schweiz AG Data Science, Informatik, Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen Winterthur geschlossen
Covario AG Data Science, Informatik Zug geschlossen
Credit Suisse AG Informatik Zürich geschlossen
dxb gmbh Informatik Sulgen Plätze frei
EBP Schweiz AG Informatik (Nur Teilzeitmodell) Zürich geschlossen
Embotech AG Informatik Zürich geschlossen
Fela Gruppe Data Science, Informatik, Elektrotechnik, Systemtechnik Diessenhofen Plätze frei
Feller AG Data Science, Energie- und Umwelttechnik, Informatik, Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen, Elektrotechnik Horgen geschlossen
Fluxim AG Elektrotechnik, Energie- und Umwelttechnik, Maschinentechnik, Systemtechnik, Data Science, Informatik Winterthur Plätze frei
FOBA AG Maschinentechnik Wettswil geschlossen
Geberit International AG Informatik Jona geschlossen
Gerber + Partner Haustechnik GmbH Energie- und Umwelttechnik Volketswil geschlossen
Girtec AG Systemtechnik Sulgen geschlossen
Götz Elektro AG Elektrotechnik Höri Plätze frei
Hamilton Bonaduz AG Informatik Bonaduz Plätze frei
Hermed Medizintechnik Schweiz AG Elektrotechnik, Systemtechnik Rapperswil Plätze frei
IBG Engineering AG Elektrotechnik, Energie- und Umwelttechnik Baar, St. Gallen, Winterthur, Weinfelden Plätze frei
Isolutions AG Data Science, Informatik, Systemtechnik, Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen Bern Plätze frei
iten metal hoses AG Maschinentechnik, Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen Birmensdorf Plätze frei
iTrust Data Science, Informatik, Systemtechnik, Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen Cham geschlossen
IWK Integrierte Wärme und Kraft AG Energie- und Umwelttechnik Seuzach Plätze frei
Jörimann Stahl AG Maschinentechnik Walenstadt Plätze frei
Kapag Kälte Wärme AG Elektrotechnik, Energie- und Umwelttechnik, Maschinentechnik, Systemtechnik Rudolfstetten geschlossen
Karakun AG Informatik Basel Plätze frei
Knecht Reisen AG Informatik Windisch geschlossen
Lufthansa Systems FlightNav AG Aviatik Glattbrugg geschlossen
Metron Verkehrsplanung AG Verkehrssysteme Brugg Plätze frei
Molinari Rail AG Verkehrssysteme Winterthur Plätze frei
PackSys Global AG Informatik Rüti ZH Plätze frei
Planing Ingenieurunternehmung AG Elektrotechnik Balters FL Plätze frei
Prophysics AG Systemtechnik Kloten geschlossen
QualiCasa AG Data Science, Informatik, Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen Wiesendangen Plätze frei
refine Schweiz AG Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen Zürich Plätze frei
Rhätische Bahn AG Verkehrssysteme Chur geschlossen
Roth Technik AG Maschinentechnik, Systemtechnik, Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen Sulgen geschlossen
Rudolf Keller & PartnerVerkehrsingenieure AG Verkehrssysteme Muttenz Plätze frei
SBB AG Data Science, Informatik Bern geschlossen
SCANCO Medical AG Systemtechnik Brüttisellen Plätze frei
Sidarion AG Baar Informatik geschlossen
Siemens Schweiz AG Elektrotechnik, Informatik, Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen, Data Science, Verkehrssysteme Zug, Wallisellen, Zürich geschlossen
Steinemann Technology AG Maschinentechnik, Elektrotechnik, Data Science, Informatik, Systemtechnik St. Gallen Plätze frei
Storz Endoskop Produktions GmbH Maschinentechnik Schaffhausen Plätze frei
Stüssi Betonvorfabrikation AG Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen Dällikon Plätze frei
Swiss Re Management Ltd Data Science Zürich Plätze frei
Swiss Safety Center AG Data Science, Informatik, Maschinentechnik, Elektrotechnik, Systemtechnik Wallisellen geschlossen
SWISSbyte GmbH Data Science, Informatik Wäldi TG Plätze frei
Swisscom Informatik (nur Teilzeitmodell, Studienort Winterthur) Bern, Olten, Zürich geschlossen
ti&m AG Informatik, Systemtechnik Zürich geschlossen
Tiefbauamt Stadt St. Gallen Verkehrstechnik St. Gallen geschlossen
Vela Solaris AG Energie- und Umwelttechnik Winterthur geschlossen
Verkehrsbetriebe Zürich VBZ Verkehrssysteme Zürich Plätze frei
Zühlke Engineering AG Informatik Zürich geschlossen

“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?