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Incoming students

Be it is a clinical placement or an exchange semester at ZHAW, we will help you get ahead.

Welcome to Winterthur

Incoming students are very welcome at the School of Health Sciences. You can do a clinical placement in German-speaking Switzerland or at ZHAW itself. You can also attend courses at the School of Health Sciences as part of an exchange semester.

Practical experience

The School of Health Sciences at ZHAW supports students from its partner universities in their search for clinical placements in German-speaking Switzerland within the limits of the quotas set. If the incoming student’s university has signed an agreement with ZHAW for the Swiss European Mobility Programme (SEMP), contact between the universities is established through the corresponding coordinator.

Requests for clinical placements outside of these partnership agreements cannot be accepted.

Studying for a degree

Students with a foreign higher education entry qualification and with sufficient knowledge of German are welcome at the School of Health Sciences – be it for one semester or for the entire study programme.

Exchange semester

The School of Health Sciences gives priority to students from partner universities. At the partner university, the contact person for outgoing students will contact ZHAW. Students from universities without a partnership agreement with ZHAW are also welcome and free to inquire about the admission procedure.

Full-time study

International students can enrol for the full study programme at the School of Health Sciences at ZHAW. The formal registration procedure is the same as for all other students, meaning that the deadlines for registration must be respected and candidates have to successfully complete the aptitude test as well as a personal interview. Sound German language skills of at least level C1 are essential. The programme administration office for the degree programme you are interested in will be happy to offer advice on the recognition of foreign diplomas. You can find details and contact information on the individual programmes offered under the heading “Studying for a degree”.

Please note that we cannot provide financial support for your stay in Switzerland if you apply outside the Swiss European Mobility Program

Short-term exchanges

The School of Health Sciences regularly offers short programs, which international students are welcome to attend. They include the Winter School, various Summer Schools, a so-called mobility week in occupational therapy, and the European Nursing Module (ENM). For more information on these international activities at the School of Health Sciences, go to “Internationalisation at Home”.