18 months
2502 EUR/year
1476 EUR/year
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The MA in Applied Linguistics from ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences opens the door to a variety of professions in the field of multilingual communication. We offer three specialisations within the MA programme: Professional Translation, Conference Interpreting and Organisational Communication. 


The Master’s in Applied Linguistics from the ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences is designed to follow on from a Bachelor’s degree. 


By doing so, you focus on strategic tasks and the added value that humans can provide in a professional world in which artificial intelligence takes care of automatable tasks. You combine creativity and intuition with digital technologies to reach your target groups and move people.

In the core modules, which form the common basis of all specialisations, you systematically reflect on your language use as a professional – thinking outside the box. You gain access to research methods and gather experience in familiarising yourself with new fields. In doing so, you develop a critical understanding of science that benefits your professional practice.

In the specialisation modules, you gain expertise and routine that you can apply on the job. You hone your skills on the basis of current scenarios from professional life. And, under the supervision of experienced mentors, you take part in real projects and assignments in the language and communication industry.

Programme Structure

Specializations offered include:

  • Professional Translation (Specialised Translation; Translation Management; Barrier-free Communication / Audiovisual Translation)
  • Conference Interpreting
  • International Organisational Communication

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Successful candidates have:

  • strong written communication skills in diverse contexts, a quick understanding and good powers of concentration; they are creative in their approach to problem-solving, intellectually curious, able to deal with criticism and to cope with pressure;
  • a good general education, a thorough knowledge of economic, social, political and cultural conditions in the cultural areas of their chosen languages; 
  • an outstanding command of their native language and at least one foreign language.

You need to have a recognised Bachelor's degree or an equivalent tertiary level qualification in translation or applied languages.

  • If you have a degree in an unrelated subject area, you will be required to take an additional test of competence
  • Professional aptitude test

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    2502 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1251 EUR per semester during 18 months.
  • National

    1476 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 738 EUR per semester during 18 months.
  • CHF 720 per semester
  • additional tuition fees for students who are not Swiss residents: CHF 500

Living costs for Zürich

1920 - 2572 CHF /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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