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Master's Degree Programs: Fees

Fees and costs

The costs of studying on a degree programme at the ZHAW comprise the tuition fees, the costs of materials and field trips and your living expenses. The tuition fees are set by the Government Council of the Canton of Zurich in the ordinance on tuition fees at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (in German) and apply to all students (full-time and part-time students, resit students, students on a work placement semester, students who withdraw from a programme, etc.).

The fees for the admission process must be paid in any event, even if you are not admitted to the later stages of the process (e.g. aptitude assessment) or if you are not accepted on the programme. During your studies, further costs may arise, e.g. for software. You can find further information in the regulations on fees and contributions (in German).

Description Frequency Cost
Registration fee for admission process [1] once CHF 100.–
Enrolment fee for Bachelor's and Master's programmes [2] once CHF 100.–
Tuition fees for Bachelor's and Master's programmes [3] per semester CHF 720.–
Fixed charge for students on leave of absence [4] per semester CHF 300.–
Additional tuition fees for students who are not Swiss residents [5] per semester CHF 500.–
Membership of the Academic Sports Association Zurich (ASVZ) per semester CHF 35.–
Membership of the ZHAW Students Association (Alias) per semester CHF 20.–
Fees for guest auditors (depending on the number of courses attended) per semester CHF 100.– to 600.–

[1] Fee according to § 2 ordinance on tuition fees 
[2] Applicants are exempt from paying the registration fee for the admissions process if they pass the admissions assessment/test and enrol for the next available programme start date.
[3] According to §4 of the regulations on tuition fees
[4] According to § 25, paragraph 5 of the general examination regulations for Bachelor's and Master's programmes at the ZHAW, students on leave of absence are exempt from paying tuition fees. According to the regulations on fees and contributions (in German), they pay a fixed charge per semester of CHF 300.– to cover their e-mail account, campus card, use of the University Library and general administration costs. This fixed charge also applies to students on the Bachelor’s programmes at the School of Health Sciences who attend the additional module C and to students who do delay the completion of their programme (e.g. by postponing submission of their thesis).
[5] Under Swiss law, non-Swiss nationals who come to Switzerland to study are not considered residents of Switzerland (Art. 23 Swiss Civil Code). In addition to the regular tuition fee, they pay an additional tuition fee of CHF 500.– during the entire duration of their studies (even if they move their official place of residence to Switzerland after commencing their studies). Official residency under civil law is not possible if the residence permit was issued for study/educational purposes.

Additional Fees

The following additional fees for the ZHAW School of Management and Law Bachelor's degree programs apply:

Notebook Computers

All students should own a notebook computer, preferably using MS Windows. This must be purchased by the student.

VPN (virtual private network) allows students to access the secure ZHAW School of Management and Law servers from an unsecured internet connection, giving them access to the school's IT infrastructure and services.

Additional fees

Addition Fee
Software use* (per semester) CHF 30.–
Re-Issuing of documents:Enrollment/semester confirmation, copies of academic records and graduation documents: For each document/copy, excluding mailing expenses: CHF 30.–
Certification of copies of academic records and graduation documents: For each certification, excluding mailing expenses: CHF 30.–
E-mail account, Campuscard, library services, general administration for students on leave** CHF 300.–

*Licenses for MS Office and Windows 11, use of PDF Writer, scanner, Visio, various e-journals, etc. No individual licenses for individuals for SPSS (statistics program), Acrobat, Visio, etc.

**In return, these students are exempt from paying the semester tuition fee