Registration and deadlines
Detailed administrative information on the bachelor degree programme in Occupational Therapy at a glance.
The bachelor degree programme in Occupational Therapy is aimed at people who are interested in a sound practical and scientific training. In order to be admitted to the study programme, you must provide a Federal Vocational Baccalaureate (FVB), a Federal Specialised Baccalaureate (FSB) or a Baccalaureate. Depending on previous qualifications and professional experiences, a clinical placement of up to twelve months (additional module A) is also required before the beginning of the course.
|Completed vocational training||Additional modules A/A1|
|FSB in Heath Care
FSB in Health and Natural Sciences
|Additional modules – met|
|Other FSB||Additional module A – must be completed|
Federal VET Diploma in Health Care
|Additional module A1 – to the overview (PDF 91,4 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 –
to the overview (PDF 34,7 KB)
|Additional module A1 – to the overview (PDF 91,4 KB)|
|Baccalaureate||Additional module A – must be completed|
Candidates with a professional diploma but no FVB, or holders of a degree from a College of Higher Education and Training, which is not mentioned on the list above, do not meet the school's formal admission requirements. They will first have to complete a Baccalaureate or a FVB (for more information go to the vocational college in your area or a careers advisory service).
The Federal Act on Universities of Applied Sciences also stipulates that students must complete a year of practical work experience in their future profession before they can apply for admission to a degree programme. For the bachelor degree programme in Occupational Therapy, this means that students have to attend the additional module A or A1. For more detailed information see information sheet "Information on additional modules in BSc Occupational Therapy". It is important to keep in mind that the additional module A or A1 must be completed not more than 5 years prior to the beginning of the course. If this time is exceeded, the validity of the additional module is time-barred and only the programme director can decide on exceptions to this rule. Federal diplomas are not time-barred.
«What I particularly like about the degree programme in Occupational Therapy is that I can put into practice my own project in the second study year.»
Nadine Janaïna Schulz, BSc student in Occupational Therapy
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 lessons in English. Students who fail to meet the above basic language requirements are strongly recommended to attend a language course prior to the beginning of the course or during the course.
There is limited admission to the bachelor degree programme in Occupational Therapy with its annual 78 study places. All prospective students have to undergo a fee-based aptitude test that is used in the final admission decision-making process.
Aptitude test and interview
The formal evaluation of the admission requirements by the Programme Secretariat is followed by a fee-based two-tiered aptitude test (assessment) that consists of:
- a written cognitive test in the first part.
- the evaluation of a film sequence to test creative problem solving ability followed by several Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) in the second part. For organisational purposes, this second part will take place on a Saturday.
The outcome of the cognitive test in the first part determines the participation in the second part of the aptitude test.
The Academic Office decides on the final approval of candidates based on the results obtained in the aptitude test.
If you fail to achieve the minimum score in the aptitude test, you get one more chance to try again.
«To prepare for the first part of the aptitude test, I recommend the training questions on the ZHAW website. For the second part, it is helpful to do some trial days in different professional fields for occupational therapists prior to the test.»
Aline Rüede, BSc student in Occupational Therapy
Course fees / Expenses / Compensation
|Registration fee for admission process||once||CHF 100.–|
|Enrolment fee for Bachelor's and Master's programmes ||once||CHF 100.–|
|Tuition fees for Bachelor's and Master's programmes ||per semester||CHF 720.–|
|Fixed charge for students on leave of absence ||per semester||CHF 300.–|
|Additional tuition fees for students who are not Swiss residents ||per semester||CHF 500.–|
|Membership of the Academic Sports Association Zurich (ASVZ)||per semester||CHF 30.–|
|Membership of the ZHAW Students Association (VSZHAW)||per semester||CHF 12.–|
|Fees for guest auditors (depending on the number of courses attended)||per semester||CHF 100.– to 600.–|
 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.
 According to §4 of the regulations on tuition fees
 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).
 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
|Aptitude test (part 1 CHF 300.–, part 2 CHF 300.–)||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.–|
Salary for clinical placements
Over the period of three years: around CHF 4,000.– to CHF 6,000.–
How to enrol
After passing the aptitude test, successful candidates will receive the documents for enrolment at the ZHAW from the Programme Secretariat by post.
In addition to the semester fees, course-specific costs are incurred (for books, school supplies, field trips, etc.).
To enrol in the bachelor degree programme in Occupational Therapy, you need to send the completed registration form (available online as of mid-September) together with all mandatory attachments to the Programme Secretariat in Occupational Therapy. 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
who have passed the first part of the aptitude test will be invited in writing to the second part.
All mandatory registration documents must be submitted to the Programme Secretary by the end of July. Exception is made only for employer's references from practical work experience (additional module A/A1). They must be submitted to the Programme Secretariat in Occupational Therapy by the end of August before the beginning of the course.