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Switzerland is home to four official national languages. The School of Applied Linguistics is the only department dedicated to the field of linguistics at a Swiss university of applied sciences and is one of the biggest of its kind in Europe. So where better to deepen the scope of your language studies than with us?


A semester abroad with us is worthwhile for anyone who wants to experience and explore multilingualism in everyday life. We look forward to getting to know you if you are studying to pursue a language profession and speak German at a B2 level.

Bachelor's students can take courses from one of our three Bachelor's degree programs for one semester or for a full academic year. Choose between three courses and their specialisations and profiles:

Master's students put together their programme from the four specialisations offered as part of our MA in Applied Linguistics. Students can choose between specialisations in Technical Translation, Conference Interpreting, Organisational Communication and Linguistic Diversity Management (starting autumn 2024). For more information on our courses, please contact us by e-mail:

Would you like personal advice? Our academic coordinators will be happy to help you find suitable courses for your semester abroad with us.


In order to apply for a Bachelor's degree programme at the ZHAW, you must be enrolled on a Bachelor's degree programme in your home country. If a partnership agreement exists between your university and the ZHAW, you must be nominated by your home university to study at the ZHAW. Please contact the academic coordinators at your home university in this regard.

All incoming students to the ZHAW must register via the Mobility-Online portal to reserve a spot for their semester abroad. We will contact you as soon as we have received and verified your registration.

For further information related to your application (e.g. on visas and insurance), please visit:


Incoming students from our partner network pay the semester fee at their home university. There are no semester fees for them at the ZHAW.

We are also happy to receive applications from students outside our partner network (free movers). Free movers pay tuition fees of CHF 720 per semester, with additional fees of CHF 555 also applying to foreign students.


Incoming students can complete an internship in one of our main research areas. If you are interested, please contact the team of the corresponding research area to find out if there is a suitable internship opportunity.


While studying at the ZHAW, you can improve your German (and other languages) by learning in Tandem and meeting regularly with someone who is a native speaker in the language in which you want to improve. You help each other improve your language skills and get together in an informal setting either in person or online.

Language courses

Additional fee-based language courses, such as German for exchange students, are offered at the ILC Institute of Language Competence.

Incoming students share their experience

“The ZHAW has an excellent reputation in my subject area” – Find out in the video why Sofia from Italy opted for a guest semester on the BA in Applied Languages, what surprised her about Swiss culture and why guest students should not be afraid of Swiss German.