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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.

COVID-19: Communication about student exchanges

Dear partners,
colleagues
and students

In addition to the information about COVID-19 on the ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences website and the ZHAW COVID-19 Safety Plan, we would like to tell you how our university is handling international student mobility.

  • Student exchanges continue to take place under the condition that all of the regulations issued by the ZHAW, the Swiss authorities and the local authorities in the countries of our partner universities are observed.
  • Information on the current situation and the applicable measures in Switzerland can be found on the website of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), including information on entry into Switzerland and quarantine rules, what to do in the event of symptoms of the disease, when and where to get tested, and the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Switzerland.
  • Up-to-date questions and answers about entering and studying in Switzerland can also be found on the website of the Swiss State Secretariat for Migration (SEM).
  • Information on the current situation and the applicable measures in the Canton of Zurich can be found on the website of the Department of Health of the Canton of Zurich (in German only).
  • From 20 September 2021, the COVID certificate requirement applies in all publicly accessible buildings at the ZHAW for Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes as well as continuing education courses. In addition to a valid COVID certificate, students must also identify themselves by means of a photo ID (e.g. Campus Card, identity card, passport, driving licence).

    Swiss COVID certificates, EU Digital COVID Certificates and certificates compatible with the EU Digital COVID Certificate will be validated on the basis of the QR code using the COVID Certificate Check app (the official app for checking COVID certificates in Switzerland).

    Important for vaccinated incoming students who do not have one of the aforementioned certificates but do have some other proof of vaccination (e.g. a foreign certificate or international vaccination certificate):
    Please contact the International Relations Office (IRO) responsible for you before attending classes on site.

    For students on a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree programme without a valid COVID certificate, an alternative will be offered that enables them to participate in their courses.

    Further information can be found in the ZHAW COVID-19 Safety Plan.
  • The International Relations Offices (IROs) in the ZHAW Schools support their incoming and outgoing students as much as possible to ensure that they can successfully complete their studies at the ZHAW or at our partner universities. The IROs work out individual solutions for students wherever possible and whenever necessary. Students are requested to contact the IRO of their ZHAW School as soon as possible if they have any questions or concerns.
  • Important for all incoming and outgoing students:
    Remain in contact with the IRO of your ZHAW School before and during your semester abroad, especially if conditions change.
    Please keep up to date about the situation and applicable measures in your home country and host country. We recommend that you organise your travel or flight plans and accommodation as close to your departure date as possible, that you do not confirm your plans any earlier than necessary and that you take out travel cancellation insurance.
  • Important for students who do an exchange within the Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP) partly or completely online from their home country:
    Register with the IRO of your ZHAW School and inform them about the plans for your mobility semester. There could be ramifications for your SEMP grant if you do your mobility semester virtually from your home country or discontinue it part-way through.

The circumstances of the pandemic can change quickly, so the guidelines and requirements from the authorities and the ZHAW might be modified at short notice. We therefore ask you to regularly consult the information on this website.

Thank you for your cooperation!

ZHAW International Affairs Office

Partner universities of ZHAW Schools

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 Module

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).

Student testimonials

Planning a semester abroad

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.
 

Work placement abroad

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.

Insurance and liability information for outgoing students

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.