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Exchange students studying in Switzerland

"The stay abroad helped me to find my feet in a new environment. I consider the ZHAW School of Engineering to be a great university and would recommend anyone who wants to develop their skills and gain new experience to come here."

Joaquin Cavero Cahis, exchange student from the Universitat Polytècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona (Spain)

Student Exchange Programme

Our plan is to allow both students coming in and students going out. We are strictly following the travel restrictions imposed by the Swiss health authorities and by those of our partner universities’ home countries.

Given the current circumstances and the still unpredictable situation, we recommend you make the necessary arrangements such as booking flights or renting student accommodation as late as possible. If you need further information, please feel free to contact the International Relations Office of the School of Engineering ( or the Head of International Relations ( 

Of course, we will keep you updated on any developments in Switzerland and at our university that might impact the student exchange programme.

Training engineers since 1874

Founded in 1874 as the Technikum Winterthur, the School of Engineering is an educational establishment with a long tradition. Today it is one of eight Schools belonging to the ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland's largest multidisciplinary University of Applied Sciences with over 11,000 students. Ever since it was founded, it has been closely associated with the development of Swiss engineering. It maintains close contacts with private enterprise and important research institutions. Students also benefit from the collaboration with partners from private enterprise, e.g. when carrying out projects and completing Bachelor's theses on behalf of companies, and in the form of current case studies cited in lectures.

Exchange semester – Bachelor's degree programme

As one of Switzerland's leading engineering schools, we offer high-quality training in eight Bachelor's degree programmes. The excellent infrastructure at the institutes and in the laboratories makes practically-oriented teaching possible. A wide range of teaching methods is employed: lectures, group teaching, practical exercises, industrial placements, blended learning and e-learning.

When registering students for an exchange semester, we give priority to those from our partner universities (Swiss-European Mobility Programme/Erasmus+ and other bilateral agreements). However, we also welcome students from universities without a partner contract with the ZHAW School of Engineering.

These students study together with their Swiss colleagues. The ZHAW School of Engineering offers a range of modules in the English language (PDF 214,1 KB). This makes it possible for students who don't speak German to complete a meaningful semester at the ZHAW School of Engineering and to earn the generally required 30 ECTS. Incoming students with a knowledge of German can attend modules taught in German. These can be found in the module tables of the individual Bachelor's degree programmes.

Exchange semester application deadlines

The following deadlines apply to applications to the ZHAW School of Engineering:

Autumn semester Registration deadline 1 May
Spring semester Registration deadline 1 November

Exchange semester Master's degree programme

An exchange stay (exchange semester/masterthesis) is also possible as part of the Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) for students from our partner universities (Swiss-European Mobility Programme / Erasmus+ and other bilateral agreements). A large number of the modules on the Master's degree programme are taught in English.

Foundation grant for Bachelor students

The cost of living in Switzerland represents a hurdle for many guest students. As a result, the ZHAW School of Engineering has set up its own funding programme. Exchange students on the Bachelor's degree programme will receive the necessary information about applying for a grant when they register.

Regular study programme

Exchange students can also complete a full Bachelor's or Master's degree programme at the ZHAW School of Engineering. The same admission conditions and application formalities apply as for Swiss students. Level C1 German skills are required.

The degree programme secretariat will be pleased to assist students with questions concerning recognition of foreign diplomas. The details and contact data are listed under the individual degree programmes.