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ZHAW students and employees in Wädenswil benefit from a wide range of leisure activities. Make your free time creative, active and, above all, fun.


Zurich Academic Sports Association ASVZ

The Zurich Academic Sports Association (ASVZ) offers a wide ranging sports programme: volleyball, basketball and badminton training take place at three locations in Wädenswil, and strength and endurance training in our Strength and Cardio Centre. ZHAW students are automatically eligible to participate and benefit from the entire range of ASVZ activities, its free attractive courses and camps.


German for Foreign Speakers / German as a Foreign Language

Der Kurs richtet sich an Studierende und Mitarbeitende, deren Muttersprache nicht Deutsch ist und die ihre Deutschkenntnisse vertiefen wollen. Wir üben Leseverstehen, Hörverstehen, schriftlichen und mündlichen Ausdruck sowie Grammatik und Stilistik.

The course is aimed at non-native German speaking students and employees who want to improve their German skills. We practice reading, listening, writing and speaking, as well as grammar and stylistics.


¡Hola! Learn the language that is becoming increasingly important in music, culture and business. Spanish is a language spoken by more than 300 million people on both sides of the Atlantic.


French: precision, finesse, elegance, charm! 200 million speakers throughout the world. This course will help you express yourself better in this beautiful language by refreshing your previously acquired base knowledge.
These courses are available to students from all semesters.. There are two courses available to consolidate and expand your potential:



L′italiano è da sempre la lingua dell′arte e del buon cibo in tutto il mondo. Ora lo puoi imparare o migliorare in un′atmosfera di pura italianità.

Italian has always been the language of art and good food all over the world. The language is learnt through immersion in a purely Italian atmosphere.

Art, Culture, Society


Do you like to sing? Great, because we need every voice for the choir: bass, baritone, tenor, alto or soprano, students or staff, everyone is welcome!

ESN - Student Exchange

At the ZHAW in Wädenswil there is also an ESN (Erasmus Student Network) branch: We look after domestic and foreign exchange students and support LSFM students who are interested in an exchange semester at another university.

Would you feel like to work in a dynamic team, cultivate relationships, take care of exchange students, hold parties...?

ZHAW Theatre Group - Will you join us?

We practise theatre improvisation, invent from the moment, play and tell whatever comes to mind. We slip into different characters, try things out and let ourselves be surprised. Improvisation promotes your spontaneity and creativity. Without you even noticing it, you will be trained in performance skills and work on your voice and expression.

Students and lecturers with or without theatre experience are welcome!

Drawing and painting

Do you like being creative with pencil, ink and bright colors? Then we can experiment together with pleasure. Without formality, simple and spontaneous we express what we feel at the moment in "a stroke or a spot of color".


Physical Computing Lab – Robotics – Machine Learning – Programming in MicroPython and BLOCKY

Are you into exciting hands-on projects involving artificial intelligence, physical computing, robotics and environmental engineering? Then this course could be right up your alley. You’ll be introduced to visual programming with Blocky and you’ll get a chance to program a Raspberry-Pi Pico with MicroPython. All of these topics can be easily explored in greater detail afterwards in an online e-learning course. Along with the beginner course and the already freely available online projects, you will be able to enter the world of the "Internet of Things." Perhaps one or two ideas for the next semester, or even your thesis will emerge.

The individual components of the course are structured in three-week blocks, and you can choose to visit as many blocks as you want. If you attend all three of the Physical Computing course’s lessons, you will receive a complete Raspberry Pi Pico Kit as a gift. The Tiny Machine Learning course also includes a TinyML developer kit as a gift.

Clubs / Associations

Learn and enjoy

Collective gardening

The collective garden offers the students the opportunity to gain experience in vegetable and herb cultivation and to share knowledge. Growing some of your food yourself is one of many steps to putting the theoretical principles of sustainability into practice. The garden is organically farmed and maintained by everyone throughout the year.