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Detailed administrative information on the bachelor degree programme for registered nurses at a glance.

Entry requirements

All registered nurses with a diploma in nursing (acute care/psychiatric nursing/paediatric nursing care/intensive care/nursing diploma, level II/college degree) are eligible to register for the bachelor degree programme in nursing.

Additional qualifications are:

* If this essential requirement is not met at the time of registration, applicants must submit proof of their own accord no later than 30 November (otherwise admission is not granted).

Admission procedures

The admission procedure includes:

  • an evaluation of the formal admission requirements on the basis of the detailed application documents
  • an admission interview of about one hour.

The Head of the Institute of Nursing will decide on the final admission.

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 30.–
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] Registration fee for admission process Master PREFS is CHF 600.–
[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 Professions 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. See Fact Sheet for Applicants from Abroad

Additional costs

Item Recurrence Fees
Admission interview* one-off expense CHF 600.-
Flat rate for lecture notes each semester CHF 35.-
Registration of documents with the Swiss Red Cross one-off expense CHF 130.-

*Any potential cancellation of the admission interview must be communicated in writing by post to the Programme Secretary no later than one week in advance (date of the postmark).

Absence from the admission interview without prior notice will be subject to a fine of CHF 600 and will result in the cancellation of registration for the study programme as well as the submitted documents being returned.

Notebook computer

All students are required to purchase their own laptop or notebook computer at their own expense. The students' association at ZHAW (VSZHAW) runs Techshop, which offers students notebooks and other items at discounted rates.


To enrol in the bachelor degree programme for registered nurses, you have to submit the completed registration form (available online as of mid-September) together with all mandatory attachments to the Programme Secretariat in Nursing.

After evaluating (and fulfilling) the formal entry requirements, an invitation to the admission interview is sent by email.