Outgoing: stays abroad

Outgoing Students - an enriching experience.

«A unique experience I can only recommend to anyone.»

Tobias Steinegger

«The semester abroad was a valuable asset in my life.»

Bernadette Strasser

With a stay abroad you can enrich your studies with a unique experience. You learn about a foreign country, its culture and its people, while acquiring specific knowledge and improving your language skills. You broaden your horizons and practice your skills in independence, flexibility, tolerance and intercultural communication. Your career will certainly benefit from the stay abroad, be it spending a semester there, doing an internship, or as part of your Bachelor's or Master's thesis. The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) provides transparent and accountable recognition for work completed and exams passed abroad.

Expert advice

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

SEMP replaces Erasmus

Staying at a partner university is possible from the 3rd semester onward and can be arranged for one or two semesters, or three to twelve months. Credits gained abroad can be credited to your course.

The Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP) is the student exchange programme for visiting European universities, and is an interim solution that replaces the existing ERASMUS programme. SEMP exchanges are possible with institutions in all EU countries, EFTA States and associated countries such as Bulgaria, Romania, Cyprus and Turkey 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

Application deadlines at the ZHAW for SEMP exchange semesters

  • Autumn semester: 15 April
  • Spring semester: 15 October

Six steps for an exchange semester

Free Movers

If the university you have selected is not one of our partner universities and therefore not part 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 organise your stay independently and will be personally responsible for gaining official recognition for your academic achievements. More information can be found under free mover.

Internship abroad

One of the most popular opportunities for students of the School of Life Sciences and Facility Management is an IASTE internship, for example, during the break between the semester and the module exams. The IAESTE exchange organisation (International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience) provides students in technical and scientific fields with study placements in approximately 80 countries.

Opportunities at partner institutions