A-Z Students Guide, Institute of Facility Management
Absence or Illness
If attendance of a course is compulsory, it will be pointed out in the course description. If there is no information on this subject, attendance is not compulsory.
Brief absence up to 3 days:
For absences during single lectures you must inform the responsible lecturer, if possible in advance. For absences during exams, graded events (presentations, group work, practical courses, etc.) or events that have been marked as mandatory (project days, excursions, demonstrations, etc.) you must hand in a written explanatory statement to the responsible lecturer in time, i.e. before the start of the event. In case of illness the lecturer may require a doctor’s note. The head of studies may reject a statement on request of the lecturer. Missed exams and events still have to be taken later. Students are obliged to contact the responsible lecturer as soon as possible to schedule the further procedure. In case of non-justified absence or absence in spite of a denied petition you will receive a mark of 1 resp. the rating “failed”.
Brief absence of more than 3 days:
The student advisor and the university office are to be informed as soon as possible (i.e. at the beginning of the semester or upon receiving the notice). The student is obliged to inform the responsible lecturer about their absence before the military service and to evaluate options to take exams or attend graded events at another date. It is within the lecturer’s discretion to exempt the student from certain events or exams.
Holidays are absences that are not justified by a force majeure (military service, malady, cases of death, etc.). A holiday does not exempt you from exams or graded events. Students are obliged to inform the responsible lecturer about their absence and to evaluate options to take exams or attend graded events at another date. If the exam or graded event is not attended due to absence, you will receive a mark of 1 resp. the rating “failed”.
Absences due to force majeure (accident, malady, cases of death)
The student advisor is to be informed as soon as possible. Documents such as a doctor’s note etc. are to be provided on request. Orientation of the student will be handled by the student advisor via the university office. It is within the lecturer’s discretion to exempt the student from certain events or exams. A petition for a longer absence (>3 days) will be assessed by the head of studies.
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Dispensation from individual courses
In agreement with the responsible student advisor the head of studies may dispense students from individual courses. A dispensation is possible if the present expert knowledge of the student equals the level reached by completing the course. Grades from other institutions will not be transferred. If the expert knowledge has been acquired at an at least equal university (e.g. during a student exchange) the student can discuss and agree their individual case asking for dispensation with the course director.
Taking a semester break
Student may ask to take a break during the studies. The university office has to be informed in writing at latest four weeks before the start of the semester.
Note: breaks are for a minimun of 1 semester. During the entire study period a maximum of 4 semesters will be granted. Students will remain enrolled during an agreed break (§ 23 of the RPO from the 29.01.2008). Students will have to pay the appropriate fee for each semester break (currently 300CHF). A written request concerning the break has to be handed in at the university registrar's office before week 03 for the spring semester or week 33 for the fall semester.
After the end of the reported leave the normal semester fee will be charged automatically.
Costs and Fees - Organizing your studies / financial issues
A PDF Housing Fact Sheet is available with advice on how to find accommodation in Switzerland. It contains information, tips and advice for students about finding housing.
As the ZHAW does not have its own student accomodation, please apply as soon as possible to the WOKO Student Housing Cooperative Zurich if you need accomodation.
Suitable places to live, including flats for students at affordable prices, can also be found on our website.
Students can also consider a short stay at the Youth Hostel in Richterswil, the next town to Wadenswil.
The School of Life Sciences and Facilities Management is ISO19001 Accredited. The courses of the IFM have been reviewed by the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA). The MSc in FM, BSc in FM and the MAS in FM are all fully accredited by IFMA and the Swiss government status.
Addresses – ZHAW
Wädenswil - IFM Building RA
ZHAW Life Sciences und Facility Management, Institute of Facility Management, Building RA, Campus Reidbach, Seestrasse 55, 8820 Wädenswil, Schweiz
Tel. +41 58 934 50 00 / Fax +41 58 934 50 01 / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: The official entrance to the RA building is on Einsiedlerstrasse 2.
Wädenswil - Campus Grüental
ZHAW Life Sciences and Facility Management, Grüentalstrasse 14, 8820 Wädenswil, Schweiz
Zürich - Campus Zentrum
ZHAW, Life Sciences and Facility Management, Institute of Facility Management, Campus Zentrum, Lagerstrasse 41, 8004 Zürich, Schweiz
Tel. +41 58 934 51 00 / Fax +41 58 934 51 01
Information on how to find the campus and information about train and buses servicing the campus are available at the following links: