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Society needs actors who act competently and responsibly, generate and exchange knowledge in networks - and recognize cultural diversity as added value.

Internationality is a distinguishing and quality feature of the ZHAW. Together, we create the conditions to exploit the creative potential in the internationalization of the range of courses offered. The ZHAW promotes the international and intercultural skills of its employees and students and thus contributes to sustainable social, economic, technological and ecological development. Always with the aim of broadening horizons and thus further developing the competencies of those involved and forming personalities.

Our competences

Attractive courses for incoming and outgoing students

Intercultural competencies, foreign language skills and cosmopolitanism - are indispensable for effective cooperation in multinational teams and successful dealings with foreign customers. The International Office promotes these skills and is the hub for the organisation and administration of student exchanges worldwide.

⇒ Outgoing: from Switzerland to abroad
⇒ Incoming: from abroad to Switzerland

Strategic and international partnerships in Europe and worldwide

With a network of over 90 partner universities in 48 countries, the ZHAW School of Life Sciences and Facility Management has an excellent network of academic partners worldwide. This network helps us to promote international cooperation for students, lecturers and employees.

⇒ Exchange programmes
⇒ Partner universities

Internationalization in teaching and research


The ZHAW supports cooperation with international partner universities in teaching continuing education, research and services. This contributes to sustainable social, economic and technological development by nurturing the international and intercultural skills of its employees and students.

⇒ Partner universities
⇒ Exchange programmes
⇒ Staff mobility

Focus on Europe

Through its strong European and global partnerships, the ZHAW also supports the positioning of its local, regional and national economic partners in Europe and around the world.

⇒ ZHAW Cooperations
⇒ Double Degree programmes

Exchange programmes

Partnerhochschulen: Studieren im Ausland

Over 90 partner universities in Europe accept our students as guests. All of them also have offers for staff mobility. In the rest of the world, you apply as a free mover for a guest study program at your university of choice.

Swiss Programme for Erasmus+

An exchange within the Swiss-European Mobility Programme SEMP is possible at all universities of applied sciences and universities with which the Department of Life Sciences and Facility Management - Erasmus Code ZHAW (CH WINTERT03) - has signed a Bilateral Agreement. The list is constantly changing. Which university you can visit depends on your study programme.

International Team

Head of Strategic Projects and International Relations

International Office

The International Office advises interested people on topics related to student and employee mobilities. In addition, the IO coordinates and administers all exchange processes. An International Office team member is available for personal on-site consultations every Monday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the office GA 214.

If you have any questions or want to arrange an individual appointment on another day (Tuesday to Thursday), please contact us:


Cornelia Soland

Head of International Office

Jacqueline Eibert Metzen

Student Exchange Coordinator, Outgoing

Nadine Jacomet

Student Exchange Coordinator, Incoming

Specialist advice within the degree programmes


Bachelor in Biotechnology Susanne Dombrowski
Bachelor in Chemistry Achim Ecker
Bachelor in Facility Management Daniel von Felten
Bachelor in Food Technology Melanie Hindermann
Bachelor in Natural Resource Sciences Gloria Elena Rios P. Thalmann


Master in Life Sciences
Master in Environment and Natural Resources Gloria Elena Rios P. Thalmann