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During your degree programme

Useful information about campus, timetables, student reductions and sports opportunities

“At the ZHAW, I am particularly impressed with the balance between evidence-based teaching and the direct link to practice.”

Samuel Karrer, student, BSc in Physiotherapy

“In today’s world, efficiency, flexibility and critical, joined-up thinking are highly sought-after qualities. These skills are developed in the International Management degree programme and can help students to gain a toe-hold in an international company.”

Dana Müller, student, BSc in Business Administration with a Specialization in International Management

“On the programme in Occupational Therapy, I particularly like the fact that I have the opportunity to put my own project into practice in the second year of the course.”

Nadine Janaïna Schulz , student, BSc in Occupational Therapy

Studying at the ZHAW

There are many wi-fi hotspots at the ZHAW, ensuring that you can always access the Internet. You can use your laptop to connect to the ZHAW network at any time. If you enjoy working in the library, you will find plenty of space for self-study in all of our libraries.

In several buildings, there are group study rooms and workstations in the hallways. If you prefer to study at home or while you are travelling, you also have access to various study aids and resources, such as VPN, Switch Drive, Switch File Sender and Eduroam.

CampusCard

The CampusCard is the key form of ID for all ZHAW students.  The card serves as identification, grants access to ZHAW buildings, and is a cashless payment system, allowing you to pay for food or to use the printers and scanners on campus.  The CampusCard also serves as a library card. In addition, students can use the CampusCard to take advantage of various reductions and discounts.

Reductions and Discounts

Public transport: Students have access to various reductions and discounts. For example, the SBB offers a GA travelcard for students between the ages of 25 and 30 (until the 30th birthday). In order to receive your travelcard, contact your degree programme office, where your certificate of enrolment, which confirms your student status, will be stamped and signed.

The GA for students between 25 and 30 years

Sport: Students have access to a wide range of sporting activities through the Academic Sports Association Zurich (ASVZ). The ASVZ membership fee is paid at the same time as the semester fees. Students who have a valid CampusCard thus automatically have access to the ASVZ sports facilities.

Academic Sports Association Zurich (ASVZ) (in German)

Food and drink: Students can buy food and drink at reduced prices in the canteens and cafeterias at the ZHAW if they pay using their CampusCard.

Eating at the ZHAW (in German)

Timetable, modules and grades

The ZHAW uses EventoWeb. Here, students can find all relevant information about their studies, such as the transcript of records, performance overview, module enrolments, grades, ECTS credits earned, and the timetable.

Dates and deadlines (CW = Calendar week)

Event Date
Enrolment for autumn semester by 01.08.
Autumn semester starts CW 38
Exam timetable published (at the latest) CW 47
Exam completed at the latest by * CW 5
Spring semester starts CW 8
Exam timetable published (at the latest) CW 17
Application deadline for new students (autumn semester entry) * 30.04.
Exams completed at the latest by * CW 26

No classes on the following days: 
Christmas vacation 24.12.–02.01*
Fasnacht Monday (carnival) in Winterthur
Easter holidays (Good Friday – Easter Monday)*
May Day (01.05.)
Ascension Day (Thursday)
Whitsun (Whit Monday)

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 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 once CHF 100.–
Enrolment fee for Bachelor's and Master's programmes [1] once CHF 100.–
Tuition fees for Bachelor's and Master's programmes [2] per semester CHF 720.–
Fixed charge for students on leave of absence [3] per semester CHF 300.–
Additional tuition fees for students who are not Swiss residents [4] per semester CHF 500.–
Membership of the Academic Sports Association Zurich (ASVZ) per semester CHF 30.–
Membership of the ZHAW Students Association (VSZHAW) per semester CHF 12.–
Fees for guest auditors (depending on the number of courses attended) per semester CHF 100.– to 600.–

[1] 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.
[2] According to §4 of the regulations on tuition fees
[3] 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 Professions 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).
[4] Additional tuition fee paid by all students who come to Switzerland for the purposes of studying and who are not officially resident in Switzerland at the start of their programme. This applies only to new students with effect from the autumn semester 2012. Fact Sheet for Applicants from Abroad

Legal basis for fees (documents available only in German)