The ZHAW is a university with a high degree of practical relevance. Accordingly, we are committed to imparting international skills.
Student Mobility for Studies (SMS) Mobility of students who spend at least 3 months (max. 12 months) abroad for study purposes.
Student Mobility for Traineeships (SMT) Mobility of students who spend at least 2 months (up to max. 12 months) abroad in the framework of a Bachelor's or Master's thesis.
Swiss European Mobility Programme SEMP
The Swiss Programme for Erasmus+ for higher education is called Swiss-European Mobility Programme SEMP. SEMP gives Swiss higher education institutions the possibility to support students as well as teaching and administrative staff doing a study-, training- or teaching-mobility with funding.
An exchange study at a partner university is eligible from the 3rd semester onward and can be arranged for one or two semesters, orthree to twelve months in each study cycle (BSc and MSc). Credits gained abroad can be credited to the degree program. SEMP exchanges are possible with institutions in all EU countries, EFTA States and associated countries that the School of Life Sciences and Facility Management has a valid inter-institutional agreement with. The choice of university depends on your degree programme.
The ZHAW LSFM welcomes students from around the world and maintains “bilateral agreement” with partner institutions in various countries outside Europe. Incoming exchange students attending this programme therefore pay their tuition fees at their home universities, remain matriculated at their home universities and do not pay any tuition fees at the ZHAW. ZHAW students who do an exchange semester on a bilateral agreement basis still pay their tuition fees at the ZHAW, remain matriculated at the ZHAW and do not pay any tuition fees at their host universities.
If the university you have selected is not one of our partner universities and therefore not part of one of our institutional programmes such as SEMP, then you can apply to study (at any university institution worldwide) as a free mover. You will largely organize your stay independently and will be personally responsible for gaining official recognition for your academic achievements, which is regulated by a Learning Agreement and Transcript of Records (ToR).
Information for outgoing Free Mover
Since free movers pay semester fees to the host university, those due to the ZHAW will be waived for the duration of the stay abroad. Please note that a Free Mover exchange must be discussed in advance with the mobility officer in your institute.
Information for incoming Free Mover
You can enrol as a Free Mover at the ZHAW for one or two semesters and pay tuition fees of CHF 350 per semester. You must be a legally registered resident in Switzerland and have sufficient insurance cover and you need to register online with the with the full name and address of the destination university. Admission of Free Mover is decided on an individual basis.
To obtain a link to the Free Mover online registration form, please contact the International Office email@example.com, with the full name and address of the destination university.
Anyone who wants to succeed in today's labour market not only needs intercultural competencies, but also foreign language skills and a cosmopolitan outlook. These capabilities are indispensable for effective collaboration in multinational teams, successful contact with foreign customers and competence in a networked and globalised world. For these reasons, the ZHAW supports student exchange semesters, however it also attaches equal importance to teaching students international skills during their studies in Switzerland.
Some examples of I@H are:
/ International Curricula/ Support for foreign exchange students as a Buddy/ Participation in international events at the ZHAW/ Participation in international projects
Those who want to go one step further can take a study programme conducted in English or complete their Bachelor's degree with an international profile. To promote language skills, the ZHAW offers numerous language courses. We also offer foreign students the opportunity to optimally prepare for a study programme or continuing education at the ZHAW with a German language course, or to attend a German course during the semester.
An interesting alternative, if for academic, professional or personal reasons an exchange semester is not possible. Students from the ZHAW, partner universities and foreign students have the opportunity to participate in a multi-week (2-3 weeks) intercultural exchange and knowledge transfer programme.
Important for all registrations
Please clarify the crediting of ECTS in advance with the head of your degree programme.
Globalization requires employees who can navigate a different cultural environment, speak foreign languages and who can deal with cultural diversity. The International Profile certificate officially recognizes international activities carried out during the studies and enables students to implement subject-specific projects in an intercultural context.
In a global world, multilingualism and intercultural skills play an increasingly important role, especially for future generations. A double degree is a study programme that is collaboratively offered by two different university institutions, which enables students to graduate with two degrees issued separately by each institution. The curricula are taken from the programmes of the partner universities and the credits acquired are mutually recognised, enable students to obtain a university degree (120 credits) and provide a path towards a doctorate.
The institution offering the degree decides on admissions and regulations. Since double degree programmes are run together with university partners from different countries, they allow students to take an important step towards an international academic career and improve their job opportunities in national and international job markets.
The following double degree programmes are offered in the Master Environment and Natural Resources:
Another way to gain intercultural experience and build up an international network is to complete an internship abroad. For many years, the ZHAW has been cooperating in this field with the organisation IAESTE, which specialises in worldwide placement of internships for students of technical and scientific subjects. The internships take place mainly during the summer break and are a source of cultural enrichment. Broaden your horizons and enhance your CV with international experience. You can complete an IAESTE internship abroad from the fourth semester onwards.
A special elective module is offered in the final year of the BSc in Natural Resource Sciences: the Internship in International Development and Cooperation (IZA). The 3 to 6-month internship in a in a developing company or emerging economy enables you to learn about the complex working reality of international cooperation on the ground and to develop your intercultural competences.
ErasmusIntern.org was created from a project of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN). One of its tasks is to represent international students by offering opportunities for cultural understanding and self-development according to the principle: Students Helping Students.
Courses at partner institutions
The variety of courses offered at our partner universities provide an opportunity for a stay abroad.
erasmusintern The Foundation (Swiss National Agency) regularly publishes information on internship opportunities in Europe.