University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland

FHNW is one of Switzerland’s leading universities of applied sciences and arts, actively involved in teaching, research, continuing education and service provision – both innovative and practice-oriented. 

Master's Programmes

Engineering & Technology (3)
Medicine & Health (2)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)



The development of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis has been largely shaped by two of the institute’s original tutors: cellist and gambist August Wenzinger (1905-1996) and violinist, composer and music educator Ina Lohr (1903-1983). The SCB began life as a music school for children and amateur musicians, and as a concert venue.


FHNW is one of Switzerland’s leading universities of applied sciences and arts, actively involved in teaching, research, continuing education and service provision – both innovative and practice-oriented. Its broad range of degree programmes, hands-on concept, innovative, application-oriented research and global network make FHNW a diversified and appealing educational institution, a sought-after partner to industry and an attractive employer in northwestern Switzerland.


The FHNW is a highly innovative education and research institution with strong regional ties as well as national and international networks. The nine schools at the FHNW equip students to identify the risks and opportunities presented by global and national trends in a rapidly changing world, to work on groundbreaking solutions to pressing issues as part of multidisciplinary teams, and to act in an ethically conscious way.


With a degree from the FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, you are choosing a hands-on university education that enhances your prospects for a successful start to your career and continuing development in your professional field for the long term. Find the bachelor's or master's degree programme to suit you and take advantage of our extensive range of services, flexible study models, modern learning conditions and our easily reachable campus.

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Student services

Students and staff receive information and advice regarding destinations and study programmes. The exchange students of our partner universities are informed about entry requirements, academic and student life at our university and everyday life in Switzerland. We work closely with the students’ association and the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) who organise programmes and events that bring together incoming and local students and in this way, foster international collaboration.

Housing services

The Franziskushaus near Olten provides furnished rooms for foreign students on a rental basis. The FHNW is unable to offer student lodgings at its other campuses.

FHNW students in Basel can avail themselves of WoVe, the student accommodation service run by the University of Basel

Library services

The FHNW libraries offer a wide selection of media and information. We will be pleased to help you with any question you may have concerning literature acquisition and research.

The FHNW Library Olten is a special research library for applied psychology, social work and business studies. It offers a wide range of print and electronic media covering these subjects.

ICT services

In the digital age, reliable and up-to-date IT is the indispensable basis of our actions. The FHNW's IT Services are therefore constantly being further developed in order to provide optimal conditions for future-oriented work, study and research.

Student Life

Campus life

FHNW has four main sites in the region of northwestern Switzerland. For details of the infrastructure and sports facilities at the various sites, see the individual campus websites.

Sports facilities

FHNW Sports offers an attractive and diverse programme of sporting activities for regular exercise as well as providing access to lesser-known sports and the opportunity to make new friends.

Student Reviews

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Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I have not enrolled in the program yet, but I will be joining in September 2021. I think the overall curriculum is very challenging and beneficial for my future

Practice-based laboratory study
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

It was really practise based study, which means that we had every semester a laboratory practice and we were guided through the experiments. besides the practical work, we had meetings to understand the experiments. The main goal of the whole study Molecular Life Science was to later work in a laboratory of big pharmaceutical companies or research, which our university was...

the knowledge and skills in land management in a sustainable manner
Anonymous rated 2 out of 5 stars

The study was very intensive and every hour of my stay in the Netherlands was occupied but the learning experience was very excellent.

Brugg, Aargau, Switzerland

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