Discover new ways of living, thinking and studying, get to know a foreign culture, gain experience and broaden your horizons – studying abroad is an exciting option and an investment in your professional future.
Your choice of partner university for your semester abroad depends on your degree programme. You will find detailed information on the website of each School:
ICOS (Intercultural Competence for Outgoing Students) is an interdepartmental and interdisciplinary module for students who wish to enhance their intercultural competence during their outgoing semester. The module consists of a pre-departure workshop, a critical incident to investigate and deal with in tandems during the semester abroad and a reflective workshop after re-entry. The module starts in 2021 for BA and MA students in the Schools of Applied Psychology, Health Professions, Applied Linguistics and Social Work. Further information can be found on the flyer (PDF 433,0 KB).
It is important to prepare your period of study or work placement abroad carefully. The ZHAW offers the following options:
|Incoming students||Outgoing students|
|Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP)||Exchange students coming to the ZHAW from other countries in Europe can apply for a grant (SEMP). They pay their tuition fees at their home universities, remain enrolled at their home universities and do not pay any tuition fees at the ZHAW.||ZHAW students planning to go for an exchange in an European country can apply for a grant (SEMP). They pay their tuition fees at the ZHAW, remain enrolled at the ZHAW and do not pay any tuition fees at their host universities.|
|Bilateral agreement||Exchange students from partner universities outside Europe pay their tuition fees at their home universities, remain matriculated at their home universities and do not pay any tuition fees at the ZHAW.||ZHAW students who go to a non-European country on a bilateral agreement basis pay their tuition fees at the ZHAW, remain matriculated at the ZHAW and do not pay any tuition fees at their host universities.|
|Fee-paying||Visiting students from a partner university who pay ZHAW tuition fees because the number of exchange places available under the SEMP programme or a bilateral agreement is limited.||ZHAW students who study abroad under the SEMP programme or a bilateral agreement but who are required to pay tuition fees at their host university because the number of places available there is limited. These students are exempt from paying ZHAW tuition fees for the period of their study abroad.|
|Free movers||Visiting students from universities outside the ZHAW partner network who pay tuition fees for the period of their studies at the ZHAW. Not all ZHAW Schools accept free movers. You can obtain further information directly from the International Relations Offices of the individual Schools.||ZHAW students who study abroad at a university outside the ZHAW partner network are largely responsible for organising this themselves. Since they pay tuition fees at their host university, they are exempt from paying ZHAW tuition fees for the period of their study abroad. Not all ZHAW Schools accept free movers. You can obtain further information directly from the International Relations Offices of the individual Schools.|
Please contact the International Relations Office in your School for information on the application process.
In addition to the opportunity to study abroad, the ZHAW also offers you the opportunity to complete a work placement abroad. If you are interested in pursuing a work placement abroad, please contact the International Relations Office in your School.
The Insurance and liability fact sheet for outgoing ZHAW students contains information and recommendations on insurance and liability issues for ZHAW students who are interested in spending an exchange semester or doing an internship abroad. Students take personal responsibility for all matters related to insurance, including health, accident and liability insurance. The ZHAW accepts no liability.