Students at the ZHAW gain international competencies
As a university of applied sciences with a focus on practical relevance, the ZHAW considers it essential for students to gain international competencies. We offer them the chance to complete an exchange semester or a work placement abroad, to study on degree programmes taught in English and to attend foreign language courses.
To succeed in today's job market, graduates need foreign language skills, intercultural competencies and an open mind. These skills and qualities are essential for them to work effectively in multinational teams, to deal successfully with international clients and to play an active part in a globalised world. Therefore, the ZHAW promotes students' international competencies by encouraging them to complete an exchange semester or a work placement abroad and by focussing on the development of these competencies through our teaching.
Those who wish to take internationalism one step further can study on a programme taught in English or complete their Bachelor's programme with an international profile. The ZHAW also offers a wide variety of language courses to allow students to improve their language skills. Students from abroad can prepare for their degree programme or continuing education course at the ZHAW by taking a German language course here before they begin – or they can attend a course during their studies. Incoming students with no or little previous knowledge of German will find courses that are tailored to their needs.
Classes at the ZHAW are taught predominantly in German. However, the ZHAW also offers several degree programmes, modules and courses, as well as some continuing education options in English. The International Relations Offices will help you to plan and organize your stay in Switzerland and will assist you as you organize your study programme. Depending on availability and after agreement by the relevant International Relations Office, you may also be able to select modules and courses beyond your usual field of study.
|Subject Area||Date||Short courses|
|Health and Social Work||11.1.–5.2.2021||Online International Winter School|
|Nursing||8.–19.3.2021||European Nursing Module ENM|
|International Business||ongoing||Study Trips|
|Life Sciences||several||Summer/Winter Schools|
|Social Work||Fall / Spring||Bachelor’s Degree International Course Offerings|
|Social Work||Fall / Spring||Master’s Degree International Course Offerings|