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The ZHAW School of Management and Law offers internationally recognized Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs and a broad range of continuing education courses. While all our programs and services benefit from the tradition of excellence for which Swiss education is renowned, they also provide a global outlook. In 2015, the School of Management and Law became the first business school of a Swiss university of applied sciences to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

The School of Management and Law has exchange agreements with over 150 universities in 44 countries, many with recognized international accreditations. Each year, the SML plays host to more than 200 students from over 30 different countries.


The ZHAW School of Management and Law campus is housed in several different buildings in Winterthur. Based at St.-Georgen-Platz, all locations can be reached within 15 minutes on foot. This includes the new university library, which covers 6000 square meters and offers plenty of working space and group rooms for students. The infrastructure meets the highest standards and in the main building there is a cafeteria with daily specials.

Campus Card

Every student is issued a Campus Card, the ZHAW student ID card. It serves a number of functions, including identification, access to buildings, cashless payment in the cafeterias, and access to photocopiers.

Advisory and counseling services

The ZHAW School of Management and Law offers support to students in addressing various issues through a range of competent and confidential counseling services including:

  • Crisis and conflict counseling
  • Academic and career counseling
  • Discrimination and harassment counseling
  • Financial problems

The International Office can refer students to the appropriate counselor.

In case of personal crises and/or conflicts you could contact Ms. Tessa Meuter directly: meta@zhaw.ch, 058 934 78 74.

Leisure and sports activities

Student life is not only about academic work. The many leisure and sports activities offered in Winterthur, the greater Zurich area, and throughout Switzerland leave little to the imagination. Countless winter sports areas are within easy reach and lovers of water sports have plenty of possibilities to choose from as well.

The ZHAW sports program (in German) ranges from use of the fitness studio and free-climbing to golf or team sports such as volleyball, badminton, or football. These activities are either free of charge or offered to students and university members at reduced rates.

Erasmus Student Network (ESN)

The Erasmus Student Network is a Europe-wide student organization that facilitates international exchanges.

ESN Winterthur works with the school's administration to support incoming students in all aspects of their stay at the university. At the same time, it informs potential outgoing students about the opportunities and benefits of student exchanges. During the semester, ESN Winterthur provides a full program of leisure activities with excursions, regular social gatherings, and parties. ESN also rents out bicycles and mobile phone SIM cards to incoming students.

ZHAW Students' Organization (VSZHAW)

The VSZHAW (in German) represents the interests of all students in dealing with external organizations, lecturers, and with the ZHAW. In addition, the VSZHAW organizes social activities and many opportunities for meeting other students.


The VSZHAW runs a store (the Techshop (in German)) that sells laptops and school supplies at reasonable prices.