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Registration and deadlines for the BSc in Midwifery

Detailed administrative information on the bachelor degree programme in Midwifery at a glance.

Entry requirements

Applicants are admitted to this degree programme if they meet the admission requirements in accordance with Swiss federal and cantonal law.

In addition to a Federal Vocational Baccalaureate, Federal Specialised Baccalaureate or academic Baccalaureate, applicants are required to provide evidence of professional experience of no less than one year, which must be related to the discipline. For the degree programme in Midwifery, this includes additional modules for at least 12 months, which must be completed before (additional module A = two months) and after (additional module C = 10 months) the regular study programme.

Completed vocational training

evidence of work experience
additional module A

Federal Specialised Baccalaureate (FSB) in Heath Care
FSB in Health and Natural Sciences

Additional module A – must be met

Other FSB

Additional module A – must be completed

Federal VET Diploma in Health Care

Additional module A – overview(PDF 85,1 KB)

other Federal VET Diploma

Additional module A – must be completed

Swiss Red Cross diploma / degree from a College
of Higher Education and Training in health professions

Additional module A – overview(PDF 85,1 KB)

Degree from a College of Higher Education and Training in other professional areas

Additional module A – must be completed


Additional module A – must be completed

Candidates with a professional diploma but no FVB do not meet the school's formal admission requirements. They will first have to complete a Baccalaureate or an FVB (for more information, please refer to the vocational college in your area or a career counselling service).

It is important to keep in mind that the additional module A must have been completed no more than five years prior to the beginning of the programme. If this time is exceeded, the qualification is considered to have expired and only the head of the programme can decide on exceptions to this rule. Federal diplomas do not expire.

Knowledge of English

Freshers need to have good knowledge of English at level B2-C1 according to the European Framework of Reference (CEFR) which corresponds to a very good Cambridge First Certificate in English (grade A) or a good Certificate in Advanced English (grade C). Students are expected to read English academic texts (abstracts, reports, studies) and follow the classes in English. Students who fail to meet these basic language requirements are strongly recommended to attend a language course prior to the beginning of the programme or while completing the programme.

Mandatory vaccinations

In preparing for a career in the health professions, follow these general rules. Health care professionals in Switzerland are vaccinated against certain diseases (if natural immunity does not already exist).

Certain vaccinations are mandatory for being fully admitted to the degree programme in Midwifery at the ZHAW School of Health Sciences.

Students who are not vaccinated may not be guaranteed to receive a degree, since clinical placement providers only accept students with the recommended protective vaccinations.

Portraitbild Isabel Helfenstein

“ZHAW – because the profession for life needs a good start. The strong link between theory and practice provides a solid foundation for my future.”

Isabel Helfenstein, BSc student in Midwifery

Admission procedures

Admission to the Bachelor’s degree programme in Midwifery is restricted to 90 places a year. All prospective students have to undergo a fee-based aptitude test that determines the final admission decision.

Aptitude test and interview

After the Programme Secretariat has reviewed the formal admission requirements, the applicants undergo a two-part, fee-based aptitude test consisting of:

Part 1:

  • Cognitive assessment (120 minutes)
    The results from Part 1 will determine admission to Part 2.

Part 2:

  • The oral part of the aptitude tests consists of a 30-minute individual interview. During the interview, applicants are required to answer questions about their personal and social competence and on the occupational profile of midwives.

The final admission decision will be taken based on the results the applicants have reached in the aptitude test.

Applicants who fail the aptitude test can retake it once.

If you need special arrangements for the aptitude test to compensate for a disability or chronic illness, please contact the office for an accessible study and work environment (“Fachstelle Hindernisfreies Studieren und Arbeiten”) by the registration deadline for the aptitude test:


After passing the aptitude test, successful applicants will receive the documents for enrolment at the ZHAW from the Programme Secretariat by post.

Portraitfoto Anna-Christina Jäger

“During the course of my studies at ZHAW, I learnt how to support couples who wish to have children and help them through pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. This knowledge enables me to be supportive and understand the complexities in difficult situations - I don't know any other profession that offers as much life as the job of a midwife.”

Anna-Christina Jäger, BSc student in Midwifery

Course fees / Expenses / Compensation

Description Frequency Cost
Registration fee for admission process [1] once CHF 100.–
Enrolment fee for Bachelor's and Master's programmes [2] once CHF 100.–
Tuition fees for Bachelor's and Master's programmes [3] per semester CHF 720.–
Fixed charge for students on leave of absence [4] per semester CHF 300.–
Additional tuition fees for students who are not Swiss residents [5] per semester CHF 500.–
Membership of the Academic Sports Association Zurich (ASVZ) per semester CHF 35.–
Membership of the ZHAW Students Association (Alias) per semester CHF 20.–
Fees for guest auditors (depending on the number of courses attended) per semester CHF 100.– to 600.–

[1] Fee according to § 2 ordinance on tuition fees 
[2] Applicants are exempt from paying the registration fee for the admissions process if they pass the admissions assessment/test and enrol for the next available programme start date.
[3] According to §4 of the regulations on tuition fees
[4] According to § 25, paragraph 5 of the general examination regulations for Bachelor's and Master's programmes at the ZHAW, students on leave of absence are exempt from paying tuition fees. According to the regulations on fees and contributions (in German), they pay a fixed charge per semester of CHF 300.– to cover their e-mail account, campus card, use of the University Library and general administration costs. This fixed charge also applies to students on the Bachelor’s programmes at the School of Health Sciences who attend the additional module C and to students who do delay the completion of their programme (e.g. by postponing submission of their thesis).
[5] Under Swiss law, non-Swiss nationals who come to Switzerland to study are not considered residents of Switzerland (Art. 23 Swiss Civil Code). In addition to the regular tuition fee, they pay an additional tuition fee of CHF 500.– during the entire duration of their studies (even if they move their official place of residence to Switzerland after commencing their studies). Official residency under civil law is not possible if the residence permit was issued for study/educational purposes.

Additional costs


Recurrence Fees

Aptitude test (part 1 CHF 300, part 2 CHF 300)

one-time charge CHF 600

Flat rate for lecture notes

each semester CHF 35

Course material (“Skills für Hebammen”, Vol. 1-4): 1st and 2nd semester

each semester CHF 180

Other course materials one-time charge

one-time charge approx. CHF 70

Registration of documents with the Swiss Red Cross

one-time charge CHF 130


To enrol in the Bachelor’s degree programme in Midwifery, you need to send the completed registration form (available online as of mid-September) together with all mandatory attachments to the Programme Administration Office, BSc in Midwifery. Receipt of registration will be confirmed in writing.

The invitation to the first part of the aptitude test will be sent out to all candidates after the registration deadline. Candidates will receive a written invitation to the second part of the test after successful completion of the first part of the aptitude test.

All mandatory registration documents must be submitted to the Programme Administration Office by the end of July. Exception is made only for employers’ references from practical work experience (additional module A). They must be submitted to the Programme Administration Office, BSc in Midwifery, by the end of August before the beginning of the programme.