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  • Locations: Winterthur, Switzerland
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: SJSU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 10/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Calendar Year 2021 10/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: SJSU Bilateral Exchange Class Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Language of Instruction: English, German Housing Options: Apartment
GPA Requirement: 2.75 Internship Option Available: Yes
Eligible Majors & Concentrations: Aerospace Engineering, Aviation, Business, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, College of Business, College of Engineering, Computer Engineering, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Engineering Management, Entrepreneurship, Global Studies, International Business, Management, Marketing, Mechanical Engineering, Political Science, Sociology How competitive is admission to this program?: Not Competitive
Program Description:
ZHAW Living in Switzerland

This is a reciprocal exchange relationship between SJSU and Zurich University of Applied Science (ZHAW). This exchange is primarily for business majors and minors. There may be a few courses offered in English in other academic fields and students who are fluent in German may take other coursework.
  • Take Business courses in English
  • Earn SJSU resident credits for all completed courses
  • Pay your normal SJSU tuition and fees
  • Use your financial aid and apply for scholarships
  • Immerse yourself in Swiss culture and learn German
  • Study for one semester or an academic year
  • Gain an advantage when applying for jobs and graduate school

Winterthur, Switzerland
With approximately 90,000 inhabitants, Winterthur is the sixth largest city in Switzerland. About 30km from Zurich, it is only 15 minutes away from Zurich Airport and 20 minutes by train from central Zurich, Switzerland’s largest commercial and banking center. Despite its modest size, Winterthur offers a lively cultural scene, ranging from a plethora of bars, cafés and music clubs to open-air music festivals, flee markets and an annual ethnic food fair. There are excellent shopping facilities near the University and the town center, which also happens to form one of Switzerland’s largest pedestrian zones. Getting around the city and the nearby countryside is made even easier by a dense network of bicycle lanes. Winterthur also remains an important railway junction that provides direct train connections to Geneva, Munich, Stuttgart, Milan and Prague.
ZHAW School of Management and
With more than 2200 students and a staff of 400, Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) is the largest of its kind in Switzerland. It was founded in 1998 when the Winterthur Polytechnic (established in 1874) was merged with the Zurich School of Economics and Business Administration (1968). The University has three campuses in Winterthur–all of which are within walking or cycling distance of each other and of Winterthur’s main railway station and city center. ZHAW offers a wide range of undergraduate programs, including architecture, business administration, chemistry, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics and linguistics.
Students must:
  • be enrolled as an SJSU student for one semester prior to departure, or be a California community college student eligible to enter SJSU by the semester of departure
  • have Sophomore, Junior or Senior standing by the semester of departure
  • have completed lower division requirements for the business major, including micro- and macro-economics
  • have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
SJSU students are not required to have any college-level German in order to attend ZHAW, and beginner through advanced German language classes are available. However, it is strongly encouraged that SJSU students consider taking German at either SJSU prior to going abroad or at ZHAW during their semester(s) abroad.
The main focus of this exchange is on business and management, or engineering. The academic calendar consists of two seventeen-week semesters. Depending on the course, presentations, group work and other written assignments can form part of the overall course assessment and final mark. Students will be "mainstreamed" into regular university classes at Zurich University of Applied Sciences and will not be segregated into a special program for international students.  Before traveling to Switzerland, students are asked to pre-register. Pre-registration must only be done for courses in English and the German language courses. Students who are fluent in German may also take a wider range of courses. All books and course handbooks are loaned to exchange students at no charge. All program excursions, and the use of a bicycle during the semester, are also included free of charge. Students are strongly encouraged to bring a laptop computer. If unable to do so, one may be rented from ZHAW.

Some of the business courses offered in English include the following:
  • Banking & Finance
  • Business Informatics
  • Corporate Management
  • ZHAW LibraryCorporate Analysis
  • Project Management
  • Marketing
  • Operation Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Economics
  • Contemporary History
  • German
  • Human Capital Management
  • Organizational Structure & Design
  • Economics
  • Management Game
  • Marketing
  • Informatics
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
Some of the engineering courses offered in English include the following:
  • Mechanical Vibrations
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Operations Management
  • Signals & Systems
  • Measurement & Control Systems
  • Cloud Computing

For a full list of course offerings for business as well as detailed course descriptions, follow this link: ZHAW Business Courses Offered in English Academic Year 2017-2018
For a full list of course offerings in engineering, follow this link: ZHAW - List of Engineering Classes
Students may participate in internships while studying in Winterthur. The exchange program does not have formalized internship programs, but the university can provide some support with internship placements (eg. through AIESEC).
ZHAW Accommodations RoomAlthough the University does not have its own halls of residence, furnished rooms in nearby hostels are automatically reserved for visiting students when they register. Each room has its own telephone connection (some with internet access) and on every floor there are communal toilet and bath facilities. Washing machines and tumble dryers are located in the basement. One of the hostels also has a limited number of self-contained one-room apartments available. Local students typically get together to rent larger apartments and as these compositions change, rooms become vacant–providing an opportunity for visiting students with a penchant for communal living. Information about accommodation can be found here. 
Academic Year: September - June
Fall semester: September - February
Spring semester: March - June

*Please note: SJSU students who study at ZHAW in the fall can take their exams early in order to return to SJSU for the spring semester.
ZHAW Students Skiing Adventure
**These costs are current as of 2018–19. These are estimated costs for the whole semester. Consult the Bursar’s Office for up-to-date information on tuition and fees. Personal expenses do vary between students: those who eat out at restaurants or plan to travel frequently should estimate higher.
  • SJSU Tuition & Fees: $3,900.00
  • Round Trip Transportation: $1,300.00
  • Room & Meals: $4,000.00
  • Insurance: $530.00* (SJSU and Swiss National insurance)
  • Personal Expenses: $2,500.00
  • Total $12,230.00
* Health Insurance:  All outgoing exchange students are required to purchase the SJSU-approved University health insurance plan through JCB Insurance Solutions. Switzerland, also, requires individuals to purchase their insurance as well. 
Financial Aid: Students who are participating in certified SJSU study abroad programs can use all of the financial aid including grants, scholarships, and loans (except work study) for which they are normally qualified.  For more information click Here.

Scholarships: Scholarships for study abroad come in many forms: SJSU Study Abroad Scholarships, Program Specific, National and International scholarships. Find links for these scholarships and online scholarship search engines by clicking Here.