Quick navigation

Main navigation


A-Z Students Guide, Institute of Facility Management

A  ¦  B  ¦ C  ¦ D  ¦ E  ¦ F  ¦ G  ¦ H  ¦ I  ¦ J  ¦ K  ¦ L  ¦ M  ¦ N  ¦ O  ¦ P  ¦ Q  ¦ R  ¦ S  ¦ T  ¦ U  ¦ V  ¦ W  ¦ X  ¦ Y  ¦ Z


The college copiers have a scanning capability which can be used to scan documents to send these to your own student account. Scanning is free. You need to put your Campus card into the copier and then scan the document. The documents can then be retrieved using the following address pass.zhaw.ch with your standard student ID and logon password.

Note: Students are personally responsible for observing any copyright with regards to copying and scanning

School Holiday Dates in Switzerland

Information about official school holidays in Switzerland can be found using this link

Security and Safety

The ZHAW takes ALL Security concerns very seriously. If you have any Security concerns please direct these to the ZHAW Security Officer: 

Mike Stoll (stoh)

Leiter Sicherheit
Gertrudstrasse 15
CH-8401 Winterthur

Tel: 058 934 65 50 (intern 6550)

Semester Programme

Details regarding the MSc course programme can be found here

Sensory Impairment

Advice and support is available to students who are:

  • Blind
  • Partially sighted
  • D/deaf
  • Hard of hearing

The type of support available varies depending on your needs. If you would like to discuss your situation further, please make an appointment with the Course Director at any time before or during your course if you feel you need support or information due to a disability.

Service Desk

All issues and problems with IT and other FM Services should be reported to the servicedesk@zhaw.ch or by phoning 6677 (internal) or 058 934 6677 (external)


Showers are available in the IFM Building RA on the ground floor.

SIA and SIA Norms

The Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects (SIA) is a Swiss association for construction, technology and environment specialists. With around 15,000 members from the fields of engineering and architecture, the SIA central aim is to promote sustainable and high-quality design of the built environment in Switzerland. They are responsible for creating the "SIA NORMS" which are specific to Switzerland.



Students are expected to conform to ZHAW University rules and regulations which apply to attendance:

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”.

  • It is the responsibility of the student to attend scheduled classes and/or carry out prescribed learning activities for the programme of study on which they are registered. He/she is also expected to know when work is due to be submitted and when and where examinations are scheduled, and to attend those assessments and submit the work required.
  • employment commitments cannot be used to justify non attendance.

Notifying of sickness and/or absence

If you are going to be absent for any length of time you should:

  • Let the Course Director know personally or through a friend or relative that you are absent, and why that is.
  • If your Lecturer has not provided you with a direct contact telephone number you can contact them by email. Alternatively, you can ring the MSc Administration or Student Registrar's Office.
  • Failure to notify the University of any extended period of absence may result in you being withdrawn from your programme of study.
  • If illness is affecting your ability to study, you should talk to the Course Director.
  • If you miss an examination because you are ill, you must provide a doctor's note or medical certificate. You should talk to the Course Director about this.

If your absence is more long-term, and you are experiencing problems studying, or think you may have to withdraw from your course, you should talk to the Course Director. Failure to comply with the sickness/absence reporting requirements could result in disciplinary action.

Someone calling on your behalf

Be sure a friend or relative calling on your behalf can give the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your date of birth
  • Your address
  • The programme and year of study
  • The name of your Tutor
  • The reason for your absence
  • Date of first incapacity
  • Estimated length of absence

Smoking Areas

Smoking is not allowed anywhere within the IFM Building RA. The smoking area for students is outside the building entrance. Please make sure you use the ash trays provided to dispose of your cigarette buts.


The ASVZ is a non-profit organization which on behalf of the ETH Zürich, the University of Zurich and the Zurich University of Applied Sciences provides a sports program to all students, employees and alumni. They offer over 120 kinds of sports with training sessions, courses and camps prepared and supervised by a team of university sport coaches. They are supported by 900 professional instructors. An App is available to download on your phone with information at www.asvz.ch/mobile


Postage stamps can be bought from a lot of KIOSKS and also from the Post Office. Information about postage rates is available using this link.

Statistics About Switzerland

Statistics about Switzerland can be found using the Swiss Statistics Web site maintained by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

Student Information MSc in FM

The following document (PDF, 555 KB) (PDF 345,8 KB) is a general information guide for students for the MSc in FM

Student Unions

The Student Union vszhaw website includes details about student social life, discounts, bookshop etc.

Study App

The ZHAW Life Sciences and Facility Management Study App answers your questions around the study programmes and the Wädenswil campus:

  • Menu plans: what is there to eat?
  • Timetable: where is my next lesson?
  • Contacts: how do I reach lecturers or students?
  • Orientation: where is the building I’m looking for?
  • Social media: how can I build up a network?
  • News and events: what’s going on at the university?
  • Emergencies: what do I need to do if things go badly wrong?

The app is designed for students, lecturers, employees and visitors. It is continuously updated with the help of the team at the Institute of Applied Simulation.

Please note: There is no English version of the app. It exists only in German.

Study at ZHAW and in Switzerland

The Guide “Studying at the ZHAW – Everything you need to know” is an excellent guide and can be accessed via this link.

Study Programme

details regarding the MSc study programme can be found here

Suggestions and Questions

The MSc Director welcomes any suggestions students have to how the MSc course could be improved. Should you have a suggestion or any general questions please submit this in writing for review to Simon Ashworth ashw@zhaw.ch

Sustainability Certification Systems

There are many Sustainability Certification Systems in use around the world. A few of the more common systems which are referred to on the MSc and the new Swiss SSNB system in use are listed below:

  • LEED
  • DGNB - (This System has been adopted by the Swiss Sustainability Building Council  (SGNI) in Switzerland
  • SNBS - Switzerland (German/French)

The ZHAW works closely with the SGNI

SUVA - Health and Safety Insurance

SUVA is a Swiss independent, non-profit company created under public law as the Swiss Accident Insurance Fund. Suva's business activities are based on the accident insurance law. It mainly insures companies in the secondary business sector, i.e. industrial trading and commercial enterprises.

Swimming Pool - Wädenswil

Information about the local indoor Swimming Pool (Hallenbad) can be found here.

In the summer it is also possible to Swim in the Lake of Zurich and use many outdoor pools along the lake. Information can be found using this link.