Zurich University of Applied Sciences/ZHAW

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Zurich University of Applied Sciences - ZHAW

ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften

Part of Zürcher Fachhochschule
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Established 2007 (1874)
Type Public University
President Prof. Dr. Jean-Marc Piveteau
Admin. staff 1984
Students 10660[1]
Location Winterthur, Zurich and Wädenswil, Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
Campus Urban
Website www.zhaw.ch

The Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW; German: Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften) located in the city of Winterthur, with facilities in Zurich and Wädenswil, is the largest University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland and is part of the Zürcher Fachhochschule.

Currently, the university has eight schools, covering architecture and civil engineering, health, linguistics, life sciences and facility management, applied psychology, social work, engineering and management and law.


The Zurich University of Applied Sciences was founded in September 2007, when the previously independent institutions Zurich University of Applied Sciences Winterthur, University of Applied Sciences Wädenswil, the School of Social Work and the School of Applied Psychology in Zurich merged. The former Zurich University of Applied Sciences Winterthur was itself made up out of schools with long histories: the Technikum Winterthur was founded in 1874 as Switzerland's largest engineering school, and the Höhere Wirtschafts- und Verwaltungsschule was established in 1968. Both schools were the first of their kind in Switzerland.


A total of 26 Bachelor and 10 consecutive Master degree programmes are currently offered.[2] The general language of courses is German (Hochdeutsch). Notably all lectures at the School of Management and Law's bachelor programme in International Management are held in English, as are courses for exchange students. Generally, there is an increasing use of English observed in many other programmes.

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School of Applied Linguistics[edit]

The School of Applied Linguistics is further divided into the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (IUED), and the Institute of Applied Media Studies (IAM).

Institute of Applied Media Studies[edit]

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication, with specialisation in:
- Journalism and Organisational Communication

Institute of Translation and Interpreting[edit]

  • Bachelor of Arts in Translation, with specialisations in:
- Multilingual Communication
- Multimodal Communication
- Technical Communication
- Conference Interpretation
- Organisational Communication (beginning in the 2014 spring semester)
- Professional Translation

School of Applied Psychology[edit]

  • Applied Psychology (Master)
  • Applied Psychology (Bachelor)

School of Architecture, Design, and Civil Engineering[edit]

  • Architecture (Master)
  • Architecture (Bachelor)
  • Civil Engineering (Bachelor)

School of Engineering[edit]

  • Engineering (Master)
  • Aviation (Bachelor)
  • Computer Science (Bachelor)
  • Electrical Engineering (Bachelor)
  • Engineering and Management with specialisations in Industrial Engineering and Business Mathematics (Bachelor)
  • Enterprise Computing (Bachelor)
  • Mechanical Engineering: Mechanical Design and Engineering (Bachelor)
  • Mechanical Engineering: Mechanical Engineering Informatics (Bachelor)
  • Mechanical Engineering: Materials and Process Engineering (Bachelor)
  • Systems Engineering / Mechatronics (Bachelor)
  • Transportation systems (Bachelor)

School of Health Professions[edit]

  • Nursing (Master)
  • Physiotherapy (Master)
  • Midwifery (Bachelor)
  • Nursing (Bachelor)
  • Nursing (Bachelor, for diploma nurses)
  • Occupational therapy (Bachelor)
  • Physiotherapy (Bachelor)

School of Life Sciences and Facility Management[edit]

  • Facility Management (Master)
  • Life Sciences (Master)
  • Biotechnology (Bachelor)
  • Chemistry (Bachelor)
  • Food Technology (Bachelor)
  • Environmental Engineering (Bachelor)
  • Facility Management (Bachelor)

School of Management and Law[edit]

  • Banking & Finance (Master)
  • Business Administration (Master)
  • Law in cooperation with foreign universities (Master)
  • Public and Nonprofit Management (Master)
  • Business Information Technology (Master)
  • Business Administration (Bachelor)
  • Business Information Technology (Bachelor)
  • Business Law (Bachelor)
  • International Management (Bachelor)

School of Social Work[edit]

  • Social Work (Master)
  • Social Work (Bachelor)

Notes and references[edit]

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Coordinates: 47°29′49″N 8°43′48″E / 47.49694°N 8.73000°E / 47.49694; 8.73000