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Organising your Master's studies

Important dates in the academic year and information on semester fees.

Registration Scheduled teaching weeks
Autumn semester 1st August calendar weeks 38 - 51
Spring semester 1st February calendar weeks 08 - 22

Master Life Sciences

Master Environment and Natural Resources

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 [1] once CHF 100.–
Enrolment fee for Bachelor's and Master's programmes [2] once CHF 100.–
Tuition fees for Bachelor's and Master's programmes [3] per semester CHF 720.–
Fixed charge for students on leave of absence [4] per semester CHF 300.–
Additional tuition fees for students who are not Swiss residents [5] per semester CHF 500.–
Membership of the Academic Sports Association Zurich (ASVZ) per semester CHF 30.–
Membership of the ZHAW Students Association (Alias) per semester CHF 20.–
Fees for guest auditors (depending on the number of courses attended) per semester CHF 100.– to 600.–

[1] Registration fee for admission process Master PREFS is CHF 600.–
[2] 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.
[3] According to §4 of the regulations on tuition fees
[4] 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).
[5] Under Swiss law, non-Swiss nationals who come to Switzerland to study are not considered residents of Switzerland (Art. 23 Swiss Civil Code). In addition to the regular tuition fee, they pay an additional tuition fee of CHF 500.– during the entire duration of their studies (even if they move their official place of residence to Switzerland after commencing their studies). Official residency under civil law is not possible if the residence permit was issued for study/educational purposes. See Fact Sheet for Applicants from Abroad

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)
per document CHF 30.–
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    
Subject aptitude entrance examination   CHF 200.–