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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.

Foreign Language Courses at the ZHAW

Courses in German as a Foreign Language at the ZHAW

Classes in English

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 Study programme
Banking and Finance Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Specialization in Banking and Finance
Banking and Finance Master of Science in Banking and Finance
Banking and Finance Master of Science in Banking and Finance (Double Degree Program)
Engineering Bachelor of Science in Aviation (selection of modules in English)
Engineering Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering (selection of modules in English)
Engineering Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Management (selection of modules in English)
Engineering Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (selection of modules in English)
Engineering Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (selection of modules in English)
Engineering Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (selection of modules in English)
Engineering Master of Science in Engineering
Life Sciences Master of Science in Environment and Natural Resources (Double Degree Program)
Facility Management Master of Science in Facility Management
General Management International Executive MBA
International Business and Management Bachelor of Science in International Management
International Business and Management Master of Science in International Business
International Business and Management Master of Science in International Business (Double Degree Program)
Life Sciences Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Sciences
Life Sciences Master of Science in Life Sciences
Management and Law Master of Science in Management and Law (Double Degree Program)
Management and Law Master of Science in Public and Nonprofit Management (Double Degree Program)
Occupational Therapy European Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Short courses

Subject Area Date Short courses
Social Work Fall / Spring Bachelor’s Degree International Course Offerings
Social Work Fall / Spring Master’s Degree International Course Offerings
Health and Social Care 7.1.–1.2.19 Winter School 2019
Nursing 4.–15.3.19 European Nursing Module
International Business on request Tailor-Made Study Trips