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ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences

Thia university is one of the leading universities of applied sciences in Switzerland. In their work in research and development, the ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences concentrates on important societal challenges, with a particular focus on energy and social integration.

Master's Programmes

Medicine & Health (3)
Engineering & Technology (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Humanities (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)



Founded back in 1874 as the Technikum Winterthur, the School of Engineering is an academic and research institution with a long tradition. Ever since it was founded it has been closely involved in the development of Swiss engineering. Today, it forms one of eight departments of the ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences.


The ZHAW offers 28 Bachelor’s and 18 Master’s degree courses. You can find detailed information about our degree courses under the links below, including instructions on how to apply. It is possible to apply for some courses online.


At its three locations in the canton of Zurich, the ZHAW carries out research projects which either lead directly to new developments in companies in Switzerland and globally, or which bring improvements for our society. Researchers at the ZHAW are therefore in close contact with business partners and with public institutions. Our partners gain from the specialist knowledge of our experts and have access to our excellent research infrastructure.


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Student services

The business and consultancy services provided by the ZHAW are tailored to your specific needs. We offer support in solving complex issues in the context of existing knowledge, and our expertise and modern infrastructure is available to you for analyses, simulations, expert opinions, training courses, workshops, etc.

Library services

The ZHAW library in Winterthur was completed in 2014 and is now the largest library at a university of applied sciences in German-speaking Switzerland. The library is housed in the former Sulzer industrial building with its ten metre high factory hall and the old crane tracks still visible. Covering a floor space of over 6,000 square metres, it has become the new

common home of the former five specialist libraries and shelves media items from the fields of architecture, health, linguistics, technology and economics. The university library is an independent building with a cafeteria, libraries and workplaces as well as a generous study environment on the top floor.

ICT services

There are many wi-fi hotspots at the ZHAW, ensuring that you can always access the Internet. 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.

Student Life

Campus life

The campus of the School of Health Professions offers both a central location next to the historic centre just a few minutes' walk from the main train station, as well as a modern infrastructure of the buildings at the Technikumstrasse 71 in Winterthur. Students have access to workstations and WLAN hotspots throughout the campus, and the canteens offer a varied and inexpensive catering.

Sports facilities

The ZHAW Students' Association (VSZHAW) is a lobby group for supporting students. It performs political tasks and is dedicated to student life. The VSZHAW organises events for students such as the end of term parties, the “Studitreff” meeting place and campaign days. "Brainstorm Magazin" is the students' official means of communication, a magazine by students for students.The sports activities at the ZHAW are coordinated by the Academic Sports Association Zurich ASVZ. As members of ASVZ, students profit from a wide-ranging sports programme with numerous team and individual sports at the facilities in Winterthur, Zurich and Wädenswil. 

Student Reviews

studying in Zurich (ZHAW)
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

An MS Life Science (specialisationPharmaceutical Biotechnology) program developed in close collaboration between four schools (FHNW, ZHAW, HES-SO and BFH). It is a good preparatory phase for a career in the industry (process engineering, marketing and sales, product management, cosmetics and environmental biotechnology.) as it provides both a scientific and business...

studying in Zurich (ZHAW)
Faith Galabe rated 3 out of 5 stars

Studying for an MS in Life sciences can be quite challenging a fast-paced program like the full time program I chose for myself in Waedenswil. Nevertheless, you can always stop for a while to enjoy the scenery around the "ZurichSee" and the mountainous relief around the lake. The co-operation classes also allow for networking among students as well guest lecturers from...

Zurich School of Management and Law
Sofia Martinez rated 4 out of 5 stars

I did my Erasmus Exchange Semester during the Spring of 2016/17 at ZHAW School of Management and Law in Winterthur, Zurich. Switzerland is not all about banks, chocolate and watches, it is a country with lots to talk about. You can either enjoy chilling at the Lake of Zurich after a busy day of studying or you can plan to spend your next weekend hiking the Swiss Mountains...

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