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Exchange students studying in Switzerland

«Students from Denmark see high value in the engineering that stems from Switzerland, which was why I chose ZHAW. The semester abroad has opened up a whole new world for me. I learned about job opportunities and that there is more to people than where they come from.»

Malene Møller-Nielsen, visiting student from Denmark

Coronavirus: Communication on student exchange

Dear partners,
Dear Colleagues,
Dear Students

The Swiss Federal Council ended the "special situation" at the end of March 2022. The ZHAW will officially return to regular university operations on April 1, 2022.

Please contact the International Relations Office of the School of Engineering or the Head of International Relations

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. 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.

Bachelor courses in English

Module description

Aviation: Spring Semester(PDF 228,9 KB) // Fall Semester(PDF 324,9 KB)
Data Science: Spring Semester(PDF 180,3 KB) // Fall Semester(PDF 261,9 KB)
Electrical Engineering: Spring Semester(PDF 199,2 KB) // Fall Semester(PDF 324,8 KB)
Energy and Environmental Engineering: Spring Semester(PDF 182,4 KB) // Fall Semester(PDF 306,4 KB)
Computer Science: Spring Semester(PDF 243,9 KB) // Fall Semester(PDF 347,9 KB)
Mechanical Engineering: Spring Semester(PDF 464,3 KB) // Fall Semester(PDF 629,3 KB)
Systems Engineering: Spring Semester(PDF 168,2 KB) // Fall Semester(PDF 328,1 KB)
Transportation Systems: Spring Semester(PDF 158,2 KB) // Fall Semester(PDF 271,6 KB)
Engineering and Management: Spring Semester(PDF 165,5 KB) // Fall Semester(PDF 359,5 KB)

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.

«I haven’t spent a single weekend at home.»

Yannick van Til, Exchange student, Technische Universiteit Delft, Delft (Netherlands)

«I chose ZHAW for my semester abroad because I was very interested in Swiss nature. Thanks to the year abroad, I made a lot of new friends from all over the world. It was also really nice to have so many different kinds of labs for experiments. In Switzerland, students seem a bit more serious about their studies.»

Viv Marleen Tamme, visiting student from Estonia

Foundation grant for Bachelor and Master exchange 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 and Master’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.