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Attractive campus in Winterthur and Zurich

Studying in the city centre – the major benefit of the ZHAW School of Engineering. The campus directly borders the old town in both Winterthur and at the Zurich location and is only a few minutes away from the railway station. ZHAW offers you a wide range of sporting activities and inexpensive dining options in the cafeteria. A generous infrastructure with state-of-the-art equipment and laboratories, Hotspots with wireless LAN connections and an extensive library are available.

You will benefit from a generous infrastructure with modern laboratories and a technical library. The SWOWI club will assist you in finding a flat near the campus. The Alias students' union adds to the Winterthur nightlife by organising parties and events such as poker week.

Sports and music

The Academic Sports Association of Zurich ASVZ supports the ZHAW sports programme. Members can take advantage of a varied range of team and individual sports in Winterthur, Zurich and Wädenswil. Music lovers can enjoy or join the ZHAW-Chor alpha-cappella.


The canteen on Technikumstrasse serves up to 800 people daily. The inexpensive menu includes alternating daily specials and vegetarian and pasta dishes. You can also put together your own dishes from a salad bar and self-service buffet. The garden terrace is an inviting place to relax in the summer.

The canteen is open Monday to Friday during the semester from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Student union

Student union (Alias)

Every student who pays the semester fee automatically becomes a member of Alias, the ZHAW student union.



The graduates of the ZHAW School of Engineering and the predecessor schools are organised in the  ALUMNI ZHAW. As from the fifth semester, students can make contact with exciting professionals by attending lectures and talks or through the publication "who is who".

Approximately 15,000 graduates of the School of Engineering and its predecessor schools make up our alumni. A large number of them are members of the ALUMNI ZHAW Engineering & Architecture association.

Tailcoat Week and Tailcoat Parade

Each year, the graduates of the ZHAW School of Engineering celebrate the end of their studies with what is known as the Frackwoche, or whitetie week. The male graduates sport white ties, tails and beards, while female graduates appear in elaborate Biedermeier gowns. This tradition dates back to 1925. After the final examinations, the graduating classes join the Frack parade with homemade vehicles as it makes its way through Winterthur’s Old Town. Finally, the beards are shaved off after a total of 100 days during the "Nacht der Technik" technology night.

Smartphone App School of Engineering

The official App of the ZHAW School of Engineering offers students, instructors, employees and visitors access to information about everything involving the study program and campus.

 The App was developed by two Master's students at the ZHAW School of Engineering. You can help us to improve the App and support us by providing suggestions for new functionalities.

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