Admission to Bachelor’s Degree Programs
|Qualification||Admission||Required Work Experience|
|Swiss commercial vocational baccalaureate or vocational baccalaureate (business or services)||No exam required||None|
|Swiss vocational baccalaureate (other fields)*||No exam required||One year (100 %) of work experience in a commercial environment**|
|Swiss academic baccalaureate||No exam required||One year (100 %) of work experience in a commercial environment**|
|Swiss specialized vocational baccalaureate||No exam required||One year (100 %) of work experience in a commercial environment**|
|Foreign certificates||Entrance examination after application has been submitted (see this page and flow chart)***||One year (100 %) of work experience in a commercial environment**|
* Business Information Technology: Admission without entrance examination and without additional work experience granted to applicants with a technical vocational baccalaureate.
** Business Information Technology: One year of work experience in the commercial or IT seectors.
*** Please note that if you have to take the entrance examination because your school-leaving certificate does not meet all the requirements, this will only be available in German.
Based on the document “Zulassung zum Bachelorstudium an Fachhochschulen – Best Practices” (in german) of 29 October 2015 issued by the Chamber of Universities of Applied Sciences of swissuniversities.ch.)
Qualification from a Swiss College of Higher Professional Education and Training (Höhere Fachschule, HF)
Admission to the first semester of all our degree programs:
With an HF diploma, admission to our degree programs is possible in the first semester, provided that you can also provide evidence of a minimum of 12 months of commercial work experience (at a 100% workload) (for our program in Business Information Technology, this may also be in computer science).
Direct admission to the main study period of our degree program in Business Administration:
With the following HF diplomas and a minimum of 12 months of commercial work experience (at a 100% workload), direct admission to the main study period our degree program in Business Administration is possible (third semester for full-time and fourth semester for part-time students). Students receive a summary dispensation from the first-year studies (60 ECTS).
- Betriebswirtschafter/in HF (business economist)
- Bankwirtschafter/in HF (banker)
- Diploma in Hotel and Restaurant Management
- Hôtelier/-ière-Restaurateur/-trice HF (hotel/restaurant professional)
- Marketingmanager/in HF (marketing manager)
- Tourismusfachmann/-frau HF (tourism specialist)
- Versicherungswirtschafter/in HF (insurance specialist)
Federal Vocational and Professional Education and Training Certificates / Diplomas (Eidgenössische Fachausweise/Diplome)
With an examination for the federal diploma of higher education (Berufsprüfung BP) or an examination for the advanced federal diploma of higher education (Höhere Fachprüfung HFP), admission to our degree programs is possible in the first semester, provided that you pass the ZHAW entrance examination. In addition, you need to provide evidence of a minimum of 12 months of commercial work experience (at a 100% workload) (for our program in Business Information Technology, this may also be in computer science).
Upper Secondary Specialized School Certificate (Fachmittelschulausweis)
Applicants with a certificate from a specialized upper-secondary school (Fachmittelschulausweis) have to acquire a specialized vocational baccalaureate certificate (Fachmaturität) to be admitted to a Bachelor’s degree program.
Language Requirements for BSc Students
The language qualifications required depend on the languages of instruction of the degree programs.
Degree 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:
|TOEFL internet-based||minimum 95 points|
|any other internationally accredited certificate on C1 level||on a case by case basis|
Degree Programs Taught in German
To be admitted to a degree program taught in German, students with a foreign university entrance qualification who are not native German speakers must provide proof of their German language skills at a C1 level (minimum) in accordance with the established scale of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
In particular, they must present one of the following language certificates:
Recognized German language diplomas:
|Goethe Zertifikat Goethe Zertifikat||C1|
|C1 exam of Goethe-Institut or equivalent||C1|
Degree programs taught in German have an admission requirement for English at B2 level (minimum) in accordance with the established scale of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
Applicants who have a federal certificate of proficiency (eidg. Fähigkeitszeugnis) are required to get a vocational baccalaureate (Berufsmaturität) or federal vocational and professional education and training certificate/diploma (eidg. Fachausweis/Diplom), while those who have an upper secondary specialized school certificate (Fachmittelschulausweis) will have to complete the additional performance assessments required for a specialized vocational baccalaureate (Fachmaturität). Neither group of applicants is entitled to take the entrance examination.
To be admitted to the entrance examination, applicants must have a foreign university entrance qualification (Studienberechtigungsausweis) or a Swiss federal vocational and professional education and training certificate or diploma (eidg. Fachausweis/Diplom).
The foreign university entrance qualification must be the equivalent of an upper secondary level qualification (at least three years of school) and found not to be the equivalent of a Swiss university entrance qualification. The equivalence of diplomas as well as all other required documents will be checked after the application has been received.
In addition to passing our entrance examination, candidates also need to provide evidence of a minimum of 12 months (100 %) of professional experience in the commercial field. For the BSc program in Business Information Technology, this professional experience can be either in the commercial or in the IT sector.
The entrance examination takes place from 4 to 8 June 2018. Registration deadline: 30 April 2018.
These are the exam subjects, requiring a written exam:
- Finance and Accounting
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.
The examination fee is CHF 200. This fee is nonrefundable.
Applicants will be offered a place at our school only after they have passed the entrance examination.