Financial issues

Tuition fees

The overall cost of studying includes not only tuition fees, but also the various expenses associated with learning materials, trips and individual living costs, etc.

Overview of costs

Description Frequency Cost
Registration fee for admission process once CHF 100.–
Enrolment fee for Bachelor's and Master's programmes [1] once CHF 100.–
Tuition fees for Bachelor's and Master's programmes [2] per semester CHF 720.–
Fixed charge for students on leave of absence [3] per semester CHF 300.–
Additional tuition fees for students who are not Swiss residents [4] per semester CHF 500.–
Membership of the Academic Sports Association Zurich (ASVZ) per semester CHF 30.–
Membership of the ZHAW Students Association (VSZHAW) per semester CHF 12.–
Fees for guest auditors (depending on the number of courses attended) per semester CHF 100.– to 600.–

[1] Applicants are exempt from paying the registration fee for the admissions process if they pass the admissions assessment/test and enrol for the next available programme start date.
[2] According to §4 of the regulations on tuition fees
[3] According to § 25, paragraph 5 of the general examination regulations for Bachelor's and Master's programmes at the ZHAW, students on leave of absence are exempt from paying tuition fees. According to the regulations on fees and contributions (in German), they pay a fixed charge per semester of CHF 300 to cover their e-mail account, campus card, use of the University Library and general administration costs. This fixed charge also applies to students on the Bachelor’s programmes at the School of Health Professions who attend the additional module C and to students who do delay the completion of their programme (e.g. by postponing submission of their thesis).
[4] Additional tuition fee paid by all students who come to Switzerland for the purposes of studying and who are not officially resident in Switzerland at the start of their programme. This applies only to new students with effect from the autumn semester 2012.

Additional costs

Description Frequency Cost
Software + learning materials (Master) each semester CHF 90.–
Software + learning materials (Bachelor) each semester CHF 65.–
Own PC/Notebook individual
Registry fees (copies and attestations
of certificates and graduation documents,
additional confirmation of enrolment)
per document CHF 50.–
Replacement Campus Card CHF 50.–
Bachelor's degree programme
Cost of excursions, study weeks, study material per semester ca. CHF 500.–
Laboratory deposit for the degree program Chemistry each year CHF 200.–
Subject aptitude entrance examination CHF 200.–
Master's degree programme
Costs of study weeks in Spiez
Life Sciences Master's programme
each module CHF 75.- to CHF 455.-
Subject aptitude entrance examination CHF 200.–

Funding sources/scholarship's (in German)

Students' benefits (in German)

Taxes and insurance (in German)