Loyola University Chicago

Study Abroad

Zürich, Switzerland - Zürich University of Applied Sciences

ZHAW Lead Photo

Global Exchange Program

Loyola University’s exchange program with The Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) School of Management and Law is an excellent opportunity for students who are looking to focus on business studies in an international, innovative setting. While enrolled at ZHAW, students will be able to study at the largest applied sciences university in Switzerland, utilize the vast resources and connections they employ, and experience life in what is often named one of the most “livable” cities in the world.

To get a glimpse into life at the ZHAW School of Management and Law, view this video. To hear from other exchange students studying with ZHAW, view this video.

The ZHAW is one of the leading institutions of applied sciences in Switzerland with campuses in Zurich, Winterthur, and Wädenswil. While there are eight schools in the University, Loyola students will take classes within the School of Management and Law. The ZHAW School of Management and Law is the largest business school of a university of applied sciences in Switzerland and the only one accredited by AACSB. The ZHAW School of Management and Law campus is housed in several different buildings in Winterthur, located about 20 minutes north of Zurich.

The Cities of Zurich and Winterthur, Switzerland

Switzerland is situated in the heart of Europe, therefore many capital cities and places of interest are within comfortable traveling distance. In addition, Switzerland enjoys an exceptionally high standard of living and is one of the most innovative countries in the world. ZHAW students have the exciting opportunity to study in Switzerland’s global center for banking and finance, with the country's breathtaking landscape of lakes, castles, and Swiss Alps just a short ride away.

The city of Zurich lies at the north end of Lake Zurich in Northern Switzerland. Its geographic region, Winterthur included, is home to around 2 million people. Zurich is considered one of the most attractive cities in the world to live and Switzerland's most important cultural, commercial, and financial center. Walking the old winding lanes of the city, you will get a sense of Zurich's ancient, pre-medieval history and contemporary, hip culture. 

As home to the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Winterthur has a population of 100,000 and is the sixth largest city in Switzerland, only a 20-minute train ride from the city of Zurich. Formerly an industrial center, Winterthur is now a campus town of ever-growing importance. It is a safe and student-friendly city with a vibrant cultural scene that appeals to all tastes.

Academic Calendar

ZHAW operates on a semester schedule. Semester start and end dates can change from year to year, but, generally, correspond to the following:

  • Fall Semester: Mid-September – Mid-December
  • Spring Semester: Mid-February – Late June
The academic calendar was recently adjusted for exchange students so that they can now study abroad at ZHAW during the fall term. 
Students are responsible for informing the ZHAW International Office at the time of application that they need to move their exam schedule up to December. It will not be automatically assumed.

For specific academic year start and end date, ZHAW’s Program of Study webpage, which provides a calendar of specific semester dates.

Academics and Curriculum Type

The ZHAW offers a wide range of business courses in the following subjects:

  • Banking
  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management
  • Economics
  • Marketing
  • International Business
  • Business Law

To view when courses are offered and their descriptions, students should visit the ZHAW Program of Study website, which regularly updates its course catalog for the academic year. 

PLEASE NOTE: Students who study abroad on Global Exchange programs should prepare for a highly independent and immersive experience. You will take courses with host university faculty and be held to the same academic policies and standards as local students. Academic support will vary across programs and often differs from the support you receive at Loyola. While the coursework and support may be different than what you are used to in the U.S., the grades you receive abroad will still factor into your LUC GPA.  Check out our policies page for more information on academics.

While single, furnished student housing is available for exchange students in Winterthur on AXA Campus, a 10-15 minute walk from the main school buildings, the university recommends and provides many resources for private, off-campus living.

If students wish to live in the student residences, they must apply quickly after their application is accepted. Only a limited number of residences are reserved.

Off-campus housing can cost anywhere from $800-$1600 per month, but afford students the chance to live as locals would, and experience Swiss life while they study.

For more information on housing, visit ZHAW’s Accommodation information website for international students.

Program Costs

Participants of this program will pay Loyola Tuition.

Housing: Approximately $800-$1600 per month

Loyola OIP Administrative Fee - $100

CISI Insurance - $300 per semester, $600 per year

There may be additional costs of up to $300 for your Swiss Student Visa and Swiss insurance.

Financial Aid

Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant, Federal Stafford Loans, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal PLUS Loans, IL Monetary Award Program Grant (MAP), Loyola University Chicago Grants and Scholarships, Alternative Loans can all be applied to your study abroad tuition.

Application Process

  1. Submit the LUC online application.
  2. Once your LUC application has been submitted and approved, the Office for International Programs will share your information with ZHAW. They will generate a username and password for you, at which point you will be expected to complete the ZHAW application.

LUC Deadlines

  • April 1 – Academic Year 
  • September 25 – Spring semester (while the general study abroad deadline is October 15, all LUC students must be nominated to ZHAW by September 30. Please submit your application no later than September 25 so that we have one week to process and review your application before their nomination deadline)

ZHAW Application Deadlines*

  • May 15 – Academic Year
  • October 15 – Spring Semester

*While ZHAW will have alternate deadlines, all Loyola students must adhere to both Loyola University and ZHAW deadlines

For more information about this program please contact:

Jacob Schoofs

Study Abroad Advisor