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In our degree programmes, students focus on the practical application and relevance of the knowledge and skills they acquire in a study environment designed specifically for training communication experts.

Welcome to the ZHAW School of Applied Linguistics! First-semester students from the BA in Applied Languages and BA in Communication at their welcome event

In the BA in Applied Languages, students gain general skills and competences which enable them to pursue a career in the field of languages and communication. With their choice of specialisation, Multilingual Communication, Multimodal Communication or Technical Communication, they can individualise their studies to correspond to their career aims or to the field in which they wish to pursue postgraduate studies.
The MA in Applied Linguistics is a profession-specific programme with specialisations in Professional Translation and Conference Interpreting. Under certain conditions, MA graduates may be able to pursue their studies further by completing a PhD.

In both our BA and MA programmes, the focus is on the application of knowledge and skills in practical settings. This approach to teaching and research activities is enhanced by the personal experience our undergraduate students can gain by spending a semester studying at a university abroad or completing an internship. Two thirds of our BA students take advantage of this option every year. At the MA level, students benefit from visiting and working directly with future employers. In both MA specialisations (Professional Translation and Conference Interpreting), professional language service providers are involved in teaching on the programme.

As a rule, classes are relatively small, so students benefit from personal supervision and specific, individual feedback. At the IUED, we have an excellent infrastructure: our modern classrooms are designed to meet students’ needs, and specialised rooms (e.g. our usability lab or conference interpreting rooms) create an ideal environment for them to develop their skills.

Elke Faundez and Christine Kamer Diehl from CLS Communication with the winners of the CLS prize for the best Master’s theses in the field of translation, Ramon Koch and Lara Bernardi.
Elke Faundez and Christine Kamer Diehl from CLS Communication with the winners of the CLS prize for the best Master’s theses in the field of translation, Ramon Koch and Lara Bernardi.
In 2015, the Johann Jacob Rieter prize for the best Bachelor’s thesis in the BA in Applied Languages was awarded to Dzevaire Sulejmani and Claudia Masur.
In 2015, the Johann Jacob Rieter prize for the best Bachelor’s thesis in the BA in Applied Languages was awarded to Dzevaire Sulejmani and Claudia Masur.
Practising in a real-life setting: future conference interpreters perfect their skills in our modern, specially equipped conference interpreting rooms.
Practising in a real-life setting: future conference interpreters perfect their skills in our modern, specially equipped conference interpreting rooms.
Students working on a project together: constructive teamwork is as important in our degree programmes as it is in professional life.
Students working on a project together: constructive teamwork is as important in our degree programmes as it is in professional life.