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General Terms and Conditions

The following Terms of Admission and Participation apply to all courses and programmes of continuing education offered by the Institute of Applied Psychology (IAP) at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW). These supplement the respective specifications and academic regulations of the individual MAS degree programmes.

General information

ECTS

Courses and programmes of continuing education at the IAP are generally modularised and based on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) for acknowledgement of academic performance. For successfully completed modules, the IAP awards the corresponding ECTS points. One ECTS point (or credit) equates to 25–30 hours of academic performance.

Types of continuing education courses and programmes

The following courses and programmes of continuing education are offered at the IAP:

  • Continuing education courses
    (CECs)
    These are offered in the form of weekly lessons, block courses, compact (full day) courses, etc. After attendance, a confirmation of course attendance is issued. Credits can be awarded upon demonstrable adequate academic performance.
  • Certificate programmes
    (Certificate of Advanced Studies, CAS)
    These entail academic performance worth 10–15 credits. The IAP issues a certificate to confirm successful completion.
  • Diploma programmes
    (Diploma of Advanced Studies, DAS)
    Diploma programmes entail academic performance worth 30–40 credits. The IAP issues a diploma to confirm successful completion.
  • Master’s degree programmes of continuing education
    (Master of Advanced Studies, MAS)
    Master’s degree programmes of continuing education entail academic performance worth at least 60 credits, including a written paper and possibly a work placement. Successful completion entitles graduates to bear the title “Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) ZFH in (discipline)”.

Admission

Certificate programmes, diploma programmes and master’s degree programmes of continuing education are generally geared towards holders of a degree from a state-recognised university or university of applied sciences. Practitioners with comparable professional skills can be admitted if they fulfil the corresponding admission requirements set out in the academic regulations. Continuing education courses are open to interested individuals as set out in the description of the respective course. Different admission requirements may apply to individual courses and programmes. These are set out in the detailed specifications of the respective course or programme of continuing education. The course or programme director makes the final decision on admission to a course or programme of continuing education. Payment of the tuition fee or of the invoice for the first instalment is a prerequisite for participation in any IAP course or programme of continuing education.

Enrolment

Both written and online enrolment applications are legally binding. Definitive admission to a course or programme is subject to the specific terms of admission. These are set out in the respective detailed specifications. Upon submission of an enrolment application, the applicant acknowledges awareness and acceptance of the Terms of Admission and Participation, and of the conditions of the course or programme set out in the specifications.

The number of participants in a course or programme of continuing education is limited. Enrolment applications are generally considered on a first-come, first-served basis, but the director of the course or programme reserves the right to deviate from this in order to obtain a suitable mix of participants. After submission of an enrolment application, applicants receive a confirmation of receipt (for CECs, this simultaneously constitutes a letter of acceptance). The enrolment application is binding. The decision to review enrolment applications received after the application deadline lies with the director of the course or programme. Successful applicants receive written confirmation of definitive admission from the IAP.

Note for "sur dossier" applicants without a degree from a university of applied sciences, university of teacher education or university:
Admission to an MAS master’s degree programme of continuing education, or to the master’s module of a modular MAS, is only possible after successful completion of the course "Working on an Academic Basis". The continuing education course "Working on an Academic Basis" is held several times a year. Further information (course dates, fees, content, etc.) is provided during the enrolment application procedure. Attendance of this course does not definitively guarantee admission to an MAS master’s degree programme of continuing education, or to the master’s module of a modular MAS. The course or programme director makes the final decision on admission.

Fees

The fees for any course or programme of continuing education and what these cover are set out in the description of the course or programme.

Realisation

If a minimum number of enrolment applications is not met, the IAP reserves the right to refrain from realising the course or programme. At the earliest possible opportunity, applicants will be informed that the course or programme will not be realised.

Alterations and adjustments

Courses or programmes of continuing education are subject to programme alterations and staff alterations (lecturers, course directors, etc.).

Payment terms

Tuition fees for continuing education courses (CECs) lasting up to 5 course days are to be paid no later than 14 days before the course starts. For more comprehensive CEC, CAS, DAS and MAS courses and programmes, tuition fees are to be paid after receipt of the letter of acceptance and generally before the course or programme starts. Special payment terms may apply to individual courses or programmes of continuing education, especially to modular programmes. Anyone failing to pay the tuition fee on time may be excluded from attending class. This does not affect the obligation to pay the tuition fee.

Withdrawal

Withdrawal must occur in writing. The deadlines are set out in detail as follows:

CEC < 5 course days Fee
14 days or more before start          Administration fee of CHF 100
Less than 14 days before start Full admission fee
CEC > 5 course days / CAS / DAS / MAS* Fee
8 weeks or more before start Administration fee of CHF 350
Between 8 and 4 weeks before start 20 % of full admission fee
Less than 4 weeks before start 40 % of full admission fee
After start of course or programme, non-appearance, cancellation, or
exclusion due to non-payment of tuition fee
65 % of full admission fee**

* Modular MAS students are considered equivalent to the participants in the respective DAS, CAS or CEC, i.e. the fee for the DAS, CAS or CEC in which the student has enrolled is to be paid.

** After attendance of at least half of the course or programme of continuing education, the full admission fee is charged.

Insurance

Insurance is the responsibility of the participants. Participants in relatively comprehensive courses and programmes of continuing education are advised to take out cancellation insurance.

Transfer of rights

All results of work developed as part of the IAP course or programme, and all corresponding rights, are transferred to the IAP by the participants without compensation. This transfer specifically also applies to task solutions, final papers and any software developed by participants, regardless of any possibility for protection of such intellectual property. In particular, this transfer includes the exclusive right to file applications for property rights and all copyright, ancillary copyright, patent, design, and model rights, etc. Any proceeds from commercial use of such rights will be used solely for educational purposes by the IAP. Any right to be identified as the author, inventor, creator or the like, with regard to the design or model, is in no way affected by this transfer of rights. All of the IAP’s obligations to maintain confidentiality shall be adhered to.
In special cases, these rights can be partially or completely re-transferred to the participant. The participant can submit a corresponding request to the director of the course or programme and the re-transfer of rights will be set out in a written agreement.

Applicable law and jurisdiction

Any legal dispute relating to continuing education at the ZHAW IAP is subject to Swiss law. Zurich is the exclusive place of jurisdiction.