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Practical experience

Get to know the healthcare system in Europe or overseas with a clinical placement and expand your own horizons.

The five Bachelor programs at the ZHAW School of Health Sciences have different provisions regarding placements abroad:


Within the framework of the SEMP programme (Swiss European Mobility Programme), each school maintains contracts with numerous partner universities within Europe. The School of Health Sciences assists students in finding a clinical placement abroad in the city of a partner university or at the university itself (research placements). The SEMP programme also provides students with financial support. Interested students are free to organise a clinical placement independently with a practice organisation abroad (e.g. clinics, etc.). Within Europe, the School of Health Sciences can conclude an individual contract with this practice organisation so that students can benefit from the Swiss European Mobility Programme.

A grant through the Swiss European Mobility Programme is possible if:

SEMP funding includes:

For additional information on application deadlines for clinical placements abroad see information events in the individual study courses (generally in April for the autumn semester and September for the spring semester).


Students at the School of Health Sciences also have the opportunity to look worldwide at the institution of their choice to do their placement. Such placements are recognised within certain established frameworks. The International Relations Coordinators will help you to find out whether the desired placement is suitable and recognised by your study program. Currently, we have connections for placements in Bolivia, South Africa, Ethiopia, Ghana, India and Taiwan.

For more detailed information, please contact