Admission to Bachelor’s Degree Programs

Holders of a federally recognized vocational baccalaureate (Berufsmatura) of the commercial, business/services, or technical* type are entitled to enroll in the first semester of a BSc program at the ZHAW School of Management and Law. They do not have to take the entrance examination or provide evidence of additional work experience.

Holders of a federally recognized non-commercial, non-business/services, or non-technical* vocational baccalaureate (Berufsmatur) do not have to take the entrance examination and are entitled to enroll in the first semester of a BSc program at the ZHAW School of Management and Law, provided they can provide evidence of at least one year of regular work experience in the commercial or in the IT* sector.

Holders of a federally recognized general baccalaureate (Maturitätszeugnis) do not have to take the entrance examination and are entitled to enroll in the first semester of a BSc program at the ZHAW School of Management and Law, provided they can provide evidence of at least one year of regular work experience in the field they have chosen for their studies.

*BSc in Business Information Technology

Admission Overview

Admission Overview

Additional Language Qualification for BSc Programs Taught in English

Applicants interested in enrolling in one of the following programs are required to provide evidence of English language skills at Level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR): International Management or Program in English (PiE) with a Specialization in Banking & Finance. To comply with this requirement, one of the following language certificates has to be submitted:

Recognized English Language Certificates

Certificate Score / Result
Cambridge Proficiency pass
Cambridge Advanced pass
BEC Higher pass
IELTS minimum 7.0
TOEFL internet-based minimum 95 points
any other internationally accredited certificate on C1 level on a case by case basis

Entrance Examination (Foreign Applicants Only)

Provisions effective from the 2012/13 Academic Year

Applicants who have a federal certificate of proficiency (eidg. Fähigkeitszeugnis) are required to get a vocational baccalaureate (Berufsmaturität), while those who have a specialized vocational school certificate (Fachmittelschulausweis) will have to complete the additional performance assessments required for a specialized baccalaureate (Fachmaturität). Neither group of applicants is entitled to take the entrance examination.

Applicants are only invited to take the entrance examination if they can produce a foreign university entrance qualification document which corresponds to a diploma at upper secondary level (for a minimum of three years) and is not considered to be equal to a Swiss university entrance qualification. The equivalence of your diplomas will be checked after application has been submitted.

In addition to passing our entrance examination, candidates also need to provide evidence of at least one year of professional experience in the commercial field. For the BSc program in Business Information Technology, this professional experience can be in the commercial or in the IT sector.

Exam Dates

The entrance examination takes place from 4 to 8 June 2018. Registration deadline: 30 April 2018.

Exam Subjects

These are the exam subjects, requiring a written exam:

  • Finance and Accounting
  • Mathematics
  • German
  • English
  • French

The material to be tested corresponds to the level of a Commercial Professional Maturity Certificate ("kaufmännische Berufsmatura"), also known as commercial vocational baccalaureate or high school diploma. As we do not offer any examination preparation courses, candidates need to prepare for this exam on their own.

Download previous "Profil M/BM2" exams

Fee

The examination fee is CHF 200. This fee is nonrefundable.

Further Information

Candidates will be offered a place at our school only after they have passed the entrance examination.