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Incoming: visiting students

Welcome to Wädenswil! Grüezi - Incoming Students.

A semester abroad at the School of Life Sciences and Facility Management will enrich your studies with a unique experience.

  • You get to know Switzerland, its culture and people.
  • You acquire specific knowledge and improve your language skills.
  • You broad your horizons and develop your skills in independence, flexibility, tolerance and intercultural communication.
  • Your career will certainly benefit from being a visiting student in Wädenswil. 

International students are welcomed to our school every year. Our degree courses are based on the two-stage Bologna system. Visiting students can study on both the Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes as well as our continuing education Programmes.

Expert advice

The following contact persons at the various institutes will be pleased to provide you with more information:

  • Biotechnology: Susanne Dombrowski, +41 58 934 57 58, susanne.dombrowski@zhaw.ch
  • Chemistry: Achim Ecker, +41 58 934 55 22, achim.ecker@zhaw.ch
  • Facility Management: Daniel von Felten, +41 58 934 58 30, daniel.vonfelten@zhaw.ch
  • Food Technology: Anja Schnyder, +41 58 934 50 65, anja.schnyder@zhaw.ch 
  • Natural Resource Sciences: Elena Rios Thalmann,  +41 58 934 55 93, elena.rios@zhaw.ch

Courses in English language

Study programme general information Study content/course unit
Bachelor in Natural Resource Sciences English Modules
Master of Science in Life Sciences - Pharmaceutical Biotechnology English Modules
Master of Science in Life Sciences - Chemistry for the Life Sciences English Modules
Master of Science in Life Sciences - Food and Beverage Innovation English Modules
Master of Science in Life Sciences - Applied Computational Life Sciences English Modules
Master of Science in Facility Management English Modules
Master of Science in Environmental and Natural Resources English Modules

German courses for foreign students

The majority of classes in the Bachelor's programmes are taught in German, however the consecutive Master of Science in Life Sciences is partly taught in English.

As a visiting student, you need a language level of B2 in the language in which your programme is taught. The following language courses provide additional support:

Swiss-European Mobility Programm SEMP

Normally, visiting students come to Wädenswil from one of our partner universities via the Swiss-European Mobility Program (SEMP). A limited number of places are available for Free Movers. You can enrol for these places 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. Applications must be made online. Admission of Free Movers is decided on an individual basis.

Application deadlines

  • Autumn semester: 30 April
    scheduled teaching weeks 38-51
  • Spring semester: 31 October
    scheduled teaching weeks 8-29

Online application