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International Winter School: 10 January - 4 February 2022

Challenges in Interprofessional Health and Social Services

A cooperation between the ZHAW School of Health Sciences, the ZHAW School of Social Work, the INUAS and the COHEHRE network.

We offer a unique opportunity to meet Swiss and international students to discuss similarities and differences when collaborating interprofessionally within the health and social system. Together, students of health professions and social work participate in role-play activities, online study visits, group projects and interactive lectures to learn about working together in interprofessional teams, in different health and social systems and with clients from different cultures.

Join us online for the Winter School 2022!

Your safety is our priority!

Updated program: In light of the uncertainties brought on by the current COVID-19 situation, we adapted the ZHAW International Winter School 2022 program to online options. The ZHAW School of Health Sciences in Winterthur, Switzerland, is  happy to offer you a choice of online courses in which you can participate from the comfort of your home.


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Together, Swiss and international students will learn about interprofessional collaboration in the health and social sector. Future health professionals and social workers gain new competences in dealing with complex and challenging interprofessional situations and learn how to collaborate efficiently.

Target group

We welcome international future Health and Social Work Professionals from our partner institutions to join the 400 ZHAW BSc students in their third year of study in the fields of Midwifery, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Health Promotion & Prevention and Social Work.

Courses are primarily aimed at the Bachelor level, but Masterlevel students are welcome to participate. Some practical experience is required, so participants must be at least in their second year of BSc study.

The course Occupational Therapists’ Professional Identity: Contributing to the visibility of the Profession is for occupational therapists only.


All of the courses are in English. To attend a course, a B1-B2 language level is required.

Credits and student work

For each course, students will gain 2 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits subject to 50-60 hours of student work. Preparatory assignment, full-time attendance during the 5 course days and successful end of week assessment are required. Participants can book one full-time course per week.

Course format

All courses are held online.


EUR 50.00 per full-time course. The amount is due at registration (payment via credit card).


All courses take place from Monday to Friday 08:00 – 17:00 CET unless otherwise stated.

Course details

Diversity in Health Professions

Dates 10 – 14 January 2022 (course A)
17 – 21 January 2022 (course B)

The same course is held twice
Language English    
Learning format Course A and B: online course    
Short description We will discuss concepts of diversity, intercultural communication and how we relate to other people. Students will develop their competence in dealing with culturally diverse people at work and develop skills to interact more effectively with people from different backgrounds.    

Working Together as Professionals in Health and Social Care in Different Countries

Dates 31 January – 4 February 2022    
Language English    
Learning format Online course    
Short description Students from different countries and different professions in the health and social care system meet, share, and learn together. In a mixture of e-learning sequences and online meetings, we will compare professional and interprofessional identities as well as interprofessional collaboration from an international perspective and against the backdrop of different fields of practice.    

Occupational Therapists’ Professional Identity: Contributing to the visibility of the Profession

(for Occupational Therapy students only) 

Dates 17 – 21 January 2022    
Language English    
Learning format Online course    
Short description Professional identity is an important factor in the development of a profession. In this course we want to increase the student's’ professional identity as OTs and their understanding of a diverse profession. In international teams the students will have the chance to exchange, start building a network, reflect on their OT identities and increase their competence in intercultural teamwork.    

Course adaptation, cancellation, and refund policy

If the courses cannot take place as planned due to regulations issued by the Swiss authorities or the ZHAW, the ZHAW reserves the right to make adaptations or cancel courses. Registered participants will be informed as early as possible of any changes. Registered participants who withdraw due to ZHAW course adaptations will not be refunded. Courses canceled by ZHAW will be fully refunded. Any further claims for compensation are excluded.

For further information, please contact international.gesundheit(at)