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Use the application portal to apply online for a place at the ZHAW. You will be guided through the application, admission and enrolment process.

Preparing Your Application

Before applying for the first time, please prepare the following information and documentation (as electronic files), which are all required if you wish to apply online:

  • Swiss social security number (756…): If you live or work in Switzerland, you can find this on your AHV card or on your Swiss health insurance card.
  • Passport/portrait photo (as a JPG file) for your ZHAW ID card
  • ID card, passport or Swiss residence permit

We recommend submitting as many documents as possible when you first register. Documents that are not yet available can also be uploaded at a later date:

  • Swiss disenrollment certificate (Exmatrikulationsbescheinigung): If you have ever been enrolled enrolled at a Swiss university
  • University entrance certificate, all pages, including grades achieved (e.g., vocational baccalaureate/specialized vocational baccalaureate, or academic baccalaureate)
  • Proof of a minimum of one year (full-time equivalent) of commercial work experience in the form of job references (depending on the type of university entrance certificate; more details
    (PDF 48,5 KB)
  • English language certificate (Level C1): For English degree programs/specializations

Applicants with foreign qualifications: Please note the information on this page and use this flow chart to determine if your university entrance qualification is sufficient.

If you have to take an entrance exam because you do not meet all the requirements: Please note that it is only available in German.

Online Application

1.      Creating a SWITCH-edu-ID

To log in, you need a SWITCH edu-ID code. After you have created an account, please return to this page and study the step-by-step instructions below.

2.      Step-by-Step Instructions

These detailed Instructions as well as the auxiliary sheet (key to symbols/icons) will help you in applying online. Before your application can be processed, an application fee of CHF 100 must be paid.

If you expect e-mails from us during the admission procedure and do not receive any, please check your spam folder (especially Hotmail and Outlook accounts). If you do not find what you are looking for, please contact Student Services.

This link will take you to your online application at any time: My Application

Direct Entry to the Main Study Program

To enter the 4th semester (as a part-time student) on 17 February 2020 please apply as of 21 October 2019.

Application deadlines

Semester Date
Regular admission to the 1st semester 30 April 2020
Direct admission to the 4th semester (part-time) 31 December 2019
Direct admission to the 3rd semester (full-time) 30 June 2020

Dispensations / Recognition of Students' Achievements

For further details, please refer to the application for dispensation. Applications for the 2019/2020 fall semester will have to be submitted by 18 August 2019.

Applications for dispensation have to be submitted on time even if some of the required information (e.g., grades) is not yet available.

Compulsory Orientation Day / Start of Program

The compulsory Orientation day takes place in the week of 9 - 13 September 2019 (Calendar Week 37). The International Management program has two Orientation Days.

The degree program begins on 16 September 2019 (Calendar Week 38) with the start of classes.

Class Schedule and Class Assignment

The School of Management and Law’s respective units are responsible for the creation of class schedules and the assignment of students to classes. Individual requests by students concerning their class schedules or the classes to which they are assigned will not be taken into account.

Please note that the class schedules for part-time and FLEX students in all degree programs are fixed for all four academic years. For an overview of the planned teaching slots, please refer to the document "Anwesenheiten im Teilzeitstudium" ("Classes for Part-Time Students") under the respective specialization (see Structure and Admission).

If you have any questions, please contact Student Services: studentservices.sml@zhaw.ch.