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Jobs and Work Permits

As an exchange student with a valid residence permit you can take up a job only after six months residence in Switzerland. After that period you are allowed to work 15 hours per week during the semester and up to 42 hours during the semester break. It is not easy to find an employer who is willing to apply for a work permit for you, yet if you start looking early enough you have a good chance of finding a student job.

Note: Many student jobs require multi-lingual fluency.

The following links can be used for finding part time work


The ZHAW also runs a Job fair on a regular basis. Further information can be found at

FMPro has jobs (only in german) on its webpage at this link