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  • Locations: Winterthur, Switzerland
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 04/30/2019
Rolling Admission 09/17/2019 02/01/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
College/School: College of Business Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Auburn University Exchange Program
AU Faculty Director(s): Danny Butler, Majors: Business Majors
Click here for a definition of this term Student Level: JR-Junior, SR-Senior Click here for a definition of this term GPA: 2.25 (Undergraduates)
Applicant Restrictions: Only AU students may apply Language of Instruction: English, German
Program Description:

Business Exchange Program at
Zurich University of Applied Sciences


Winterthur Postcard

Zurich University of Applied Sciences – ZHAW School of Management and Law is one of the leading business schools in Switzerland. The Zurich University of Applied Sciences has over 9,000 students including more than 2,500 undergraduate students pursuing degrees in the ZHAW School of Management and Law. All programs are interdisciplinary and there is a strong orientation to real-world business practices. Their motto is “Building Competence, Crossing Borders” and reflects their openness to the international community. For more information there is a website for incoming exchange students

Why choose Switzerland? Learn more about ZHAW and Switzerland here: ZHAW Promotional Materials

YouTube: Exchange Semester @ ZHAW SML - Get Ready for Your Swiss Experience
What Incomings say about the ZHAW School of Management and Law 


  • Students must be Business majors. 
  • Auburn University students with at least junior standing.
  • Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.25
  • Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture. Please note that taking an introductory German course (FLGR 1010) before studying abroad will significantly enhance your exchange semester. 

ZHAW Classroom

ZHAW Study Space


Swiss HouseFall 2019
  • 30 April 2019: Application Deadline
  • 10 September 2019: Orientation Week begins
  • 17 September 2019: Semester begins
  • 14 January 2020: Exam Start Date
  • 01 February 2020: Semester ends

Spring 2019

  • 30 September 2018: Nomination deadline
  • 15 October 2018: Application deadline
  • 11 February 2019: Orientation Week begins
  • 18 February 2019: Semester begins
  • 28 June 2019: Semester ends
Incoming students arrive one week before the start of classes to attend the compulsory Orientation Week. The fall semester begins in September and finishes at the end of January. The spring semester begins in February and finishes at the end of June. Each semester consists of 14 weeks of instruction, a two-week examination preparation period, and three weeks of examinations.



A broad range of courses are offered in English with over 50 subjects in topics related to business administration. Since language is an essential part of the exchange experience, the ZHAW

 School of Management and Law offers free German language instruction for incoming exchange students. 

During the orientation week, exchange students can attend intensive German language training. German courses at different skill levels are also offered during the semester. For a list of typical courses and their descriptions visit the ZHAW Program of Study Website.

The ZHAW School of Management and Law utilizes the Swiss system of grading with a scale from 1.0 to 6.0. The 

highest grade is 6.0 and a grade of 4.0 (“pass) is required to receive ECTS credit. Typical courses are 6 ECTS and meet for 4 classroom hours per week. Some elective courses are 3 ECTS and meet for 2 classroom hours per week. A normal workload is 30 ECTS per semester (5-6 courses). Conversion to U.S. credit hours is typically based on 2 ECTS = 1 U.S. semester credit. The university expects an 80% attendance rate with absences communicated to the lecturer in advance. If absences equal more than 20% of class time the student may not be allowed to take the final exam.


ZHAW Library

Winterthur Train Station


Auburn students pay Auburn tuition and fees for a full time student equal to 12 hours (based on their residency status) for semester programs. The 

student will be enrolled in the Auburn Exchange Course (UNIV 3000) while abroad. Students will not pay tuition to the host university but may pay other fees and are also responsible for their meals, books, housing, and airfare. Auburn students will also pay for the International Emergency Travel Self Insurance for the duration of their program abroad.

The ZHAW  School of Management and Law advises students to budget approximately 890 to 1,490 Swiss francs per month to meet living expenses, with 1,300 Swiss francs being 
recommended based on former students. The Swiss Immigration Authorities require a financial statement with the equivalent of a minimum of 1,750 Swiss francs per month of stay. Travel and social activities are not included in this amount and will be dependent on the student. See a typical student budget for 1 month. 



The ZHAW School of Management and Law assists incoming exchange students to find accommodations with a number of single, furnished rooms and apartments reserved specifically for exchange students. Places are limited and so early application is important. Alternatively students may find accommodations themselves. For further information on housing availability and options visit accommodation information.


Winterthur is a university town with a population of about 100,000. It is Switzerland’s sixth largest city. Zurich, Switzerland is about 20 minutes away by train. Switzerland has 4 official languages. Germany is spoken by approximately 74% of the population. 


Independent excursions at your own cost – there are none included in the program. There is a buddy program available for all exchange students. 


ZHAW Old Zurich

If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check for the nearest local passport office and forms. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as possible. If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.

Visa requirements vary depending on the student’s citizenship. For U.S. citizens a student visa is required to enroll in a course of study in Switzerland. Please note that as part of the application process, the Swiss Immigration authorities will require proof of financial resources for the period of your stay in Switzerland. Incoming students from countries outside of the EU must buy Swiss health insurance at approximately 100 Swiss francs per month. Non-EU citizens will also need to apply for a resident permit for their city of residence, typically Winterthur, once they arrive. For information on the application process see the guidelines for incoming exchange students.


.ZHAW Uetliberg

This program is currently not accepting applications.