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You are viewing a “brochure page” for a specific WSU affiliated program. Use the information and links below to learn more about this program, please note that links may take you to external websites.

To start a WSU application in MyStudyAbroad for this program, click the “Apply Now” button. Tips:

· Only begin an application when you have determined the program you wish to pursue.

· No application fee for simply starting an application! The Global Learning Application fee is charged only once you are committed to your program and the application deadline has passed.

· Depending on your program type you may have a non-WSU application to complete as well.

Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Academic Standing: Graduate Advising Guides: Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Earth and Environmental Science (Vancouver), Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics and Astronomy
Subject Areas: Astronomy, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering GPA Requirement: 3.0
Language(s) of Instruction: English, German Program Features: Study
Program Type: Exchange Program Provider: WSU Bilateral Exchange
Housing Options: Student's Responsibility, University Residence Hall Local Language(s): French, German, Italian, Romansh
Program Description:



Double Degree Program - ZHAW

The Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) is one of Switzerland's largest multidisciplinary universities of applied sciences with more than 11,000 students. The University's primary focus is on practice-oriented research and development as well as on providing its students with optimal preparation for professional life.  Equally important to ZHAW is that both teaching and research are scientifically based.  Close interaction between theory and methods is just as much a part of the program as the direct practical relevance at ZHAW.

The Double Degree Program between WSU and ZHAW enables graduate students to study their first year in Switzerland and their second year at WSU earning them two masters degrees, one from each institution.  The first of it's kind in Washington, this program offers engineering students a unique opportunity.

Double Degree Program Dates:
  • ZHAW Academic Year (Year 1):  September - June
  • WSU Academic Year (Year 2):  August - May
Double Degree Program Eligibility Requirements:
  • Have a baccalaureate degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in an appropriate field for Master's-level work in Engineering or Computer Science.
  • Be 18 years or older at the time of the program.
  • Be in good academic standing at WSU.
  • Be in good standing with the Office of Student Conduct.
  • Be a current WSU student (matriculating or non-degree seeking).
  • Have completed 2 years of university study.
  • College Preference:  Voiland College of Engineering Architecture
Please Note: a maximum number of nominations may be available for this exchange.


Cost Information

Double Degree Cost Estimates:

Double degree program costs are categorized as those billed by WSU (Fixed Expenses) and those not billed by WSU (Estimated Additional Expenses). A breakdown of these costs can be found below. To determine the cost estimate for each applicable year click the button below to jump to this specific cost estimate. Please keep in mind that while every attempt is made to ensure all costs identified below are accurate some variability does exist and exact numbers may not be possible for all expenses.

ZHAW Academic Year
WSU Academic Year

Refund Policy:

Participants are responsible for fees associated with the program once they have committed to the program application and the application deadline has passed.

Financial Aid Disbursement Alert:

Participants eligible for financial aid can use aid toward this program. Please note that per federal regulations, financial aid is released on the first day of the regular WSU semester, or ten days prior to the participant’s program start date, whichever is LATER. Some expenses will be due before aid is released, participants must budget accordingly.

Tuition Rates:

Tuition will vary depending upon the participant's residence status.  Tuition listed for students where WSU is their home institution represent enrollment in 20 credits per academic year for a total of 40 over the course of the double degree program.  Information regarding tuition and resident status can be found on the WSU Student Financial Services website for Cost of Attendance.


Cost Estimate for Academic Year at ZHAW

Fixed Expenses Billed By WSU   Estimated Additional Expenses*  
WSU Tuition (In-State) $9,934 Room & Board $10,878
WSU Tuition (Out-of-State) $24,500 Personal Expenses $4,390
Global Learning Application Fee $600 International Airfare $1,950
SCEA Orientation Fee $50 Books and Supplies $472
International Insurance Fee $690 U.S. Passport** $140
    Visa** $160
Total Expenses Billed By WSU (In-State) $11,274 Total Estimated Cost of Exchange $17,990
Total Expenses Billed By WSU (Out-of-State) $25,840    
Total Estimated Cost of Academic Year Exchange (In-State):            $29,264
Total Estimated Cost of Academic Year Exchange (Out-of-State):    $43,830

Cost Estimate for Academic Year at WSU

Fixed Expenses Billed By WSU   Estimated Additional Expenses*  
WSU Tuition (In-State) $4,967 Room & Board $5,439
WSU Tuition (Out-of-State) $12,250 Personal Expenses $2,195
Global Learning Application Fee $300 International Airfare $1,950
SCEA Orientation Fee $50 Books and Supplies $236
International Insurance Fee $345 U.S. Passport** $140
    Visa** $160
Total Expenses Billed By WSU (In-State) $5,662 Total Estimated Cost of Exchange $10,120
Total Expenses Billed By WSU (Out-of-State) $12,945    
Total Estimated Cost of Single Semester Exchange (In-State):            $15,782
Total Estimated Cost of Single Semester Exchange (Out-of-State):    $23,065

*All additional costs are ESTIMATED and may vary. These costs are not billed by WSU and are the sole responsibility of the participant.

**Please see the "Destination" tab for additional passport and visa information as these costs and country specific insurance (if applicable) will vary.




University Course Catalog:

Click on the "modules in English" link on the incoming exchange website.

Tips on Searching:

Course offerings in English are more limited during the Spring term, but still available.  For students interested in the Fall term only, oral exams can be taken before returning home for Christmas or taking written exams under supervision upon their return to WSU for Spring.

Academic Offerings:

Aviation, Electrical Engineering, Engenieering and Management, Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering, and more.


Restrictions listed here (if applicable)

Grades and GPA:

ZHAW uses the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), below is an approximate conversion for credits using the ECTS system:

5 ECTS = 2.5 WSU Credits (rounded up to 3)

Grades and credits function differently at institutions around the world. Ensure you are taking at least 12 WSU credits worth of coursework per semester or 6 WSU credits for a summer exchange.
Factors to keep in mind:
  • Grades will not calculate into student’s cumulative WSU GPA, but will factor into Major and Minor GPA’s.
  • Courses and grades will appear on MyWSU and WSU transcript.
  • These have a non WSU transcript provided. Participants should anticipate transcripts taking two to four months to arrive at WSU.



All exchange participants are required to attend the orientation sessions listed below prior to departure. Participants will be notified regarding the date and times for those orientations which are not noted as being online after participation has been confirmed.
  • Global Learning Pre-Departure Orientation: There is an online session that participants will have access to in the final stages of their Global Learning application. Additionally, there is an in person country specific component.

Additional orientations may also be required upon arrival and will be provided by the host institution.

Host Institution Orientation: You will receive additional information and instructions regarding your orientation from the host institution. Orientations and the relevant processes will be unique to the institution.


Destination Details

Site Description

ZHAW is located in Winterthur, the sixth most populous city in Switzerland.  Winterthur is a service and high-tech industry center, but many people make use of its proximity to Zurich, which lies approximately 19 miles to the southwest and a short 20 minute train ride away.  Connected to Germany and Italy by direct trains and quick access to the Zurich airport, Winterthur allows students to easily explore the region.

Accommodation Information

Various types of accommodation are available while attending ZHAW but are the responsibility of the student to arrange.  Information on these various types can be found on ZHAW's accommodation website.

Passport & Visa Details

It is each participant’s responsibility to acquire a valid passport to travel internationally.  United States citizens can use the links below for information on how and where to apply for a United States passport:
Unless otherwise noted below, it is the responsibility of the participant to determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program based on their nationality, and to apply for any such visas.  Some visas may require a fee or that applicants travel to the nearest Consulate or Embassy to apply in person.

United States citizens can use the link below to determine if a visa is required for the destination and how to acquire the necessary visa. 
  • United States Department of State
  • Switzerland requires a Residence Permit for U.S. citizens
    • Please Note: Information presented here may change, regardless of what is stated here YOU are responsible for ensuring you have any required visa and for any visa costs.
Non-United States citizens are required to meet with the Global Services Department for United States entry and exit requirements.  Check visa requirements for your host country/countries based on your country of citizenship.


How to Apply

Before the Deadline: 
  1. Click the "Apply Now" button at the top of this page.
  • Please Note: There is no application fee for starting an application.
  1. You now have an application and are in the Application Phase. Complete application materials:
  • Signature Documents
  • Questionnaires
  • Material Submissions (Electronic and/or Physical)
  • Online Trainings
  • In-Person Meetings (as applicable)
Nominations are made on a first come-first served basis according to the number of nominations available for each individual exchange.
  1. Once all the materials have been completed, your application will be moved to the Acceptance Phase with a status of "Accepted" or "Pending."
  • “Accepted” Status: your application has met all Global Learning and program specific requirements and you have been accepted by WSU to the program, conditional on whether or not you commit by the deadline. Applicants to this exchange do not exceed the number of nominations available.
  • “Pending” Status: your application has met all Global Learning as well as program specific requirements and nomination restrictions exist preventing determination of your participation. Applicants to this exchange likely exceed the number of nominations available. Participation is conditional on whether or not additional nominations become available by the deadline for this exchange. You will be contacted regarding your interest in this or another exchange opportunity in which you may be interested. In the event you wish to participate in another exchange your application will be shifted to that exchange and moved to "Accepted" provided you have completed all requirements for the new exchange.
  1. Commit to the program: Once in the “Accepted” status, you will see a box appear above "Application Questionnaire(s)" asking you to “Commit” or “Decline” your participation on the exchange.
  • If you click “Commit”: you have committed to participate in your program and accept all responsibilities associated with commitment. DO NOT commit to the exchange if you are unsure if you will participate as nominations are made on a first come-first served basis, and this would remove a placement from another student who wishes to participate.
  • If you click “Decline”: your application will be withdrawn.
After the Deadline:
  1. After committing to the exchange you will be nominated to the partner institution and your status changed to “Nominated.”
  2. After you commit and are in "Nominated" status, complete:
  • Required orientations (see “Orientation” tab for more information)
  • Remaining or new applications items (questionnaires or material items) which were not due before the deadline.
  • Any requested material items specific to your program.
  1. Prepare to Depart!
  • Apply for a visa (if required)
  • Buy airfare (if not included in your program)
  • Start packing!


How to Fund Your Program

Know Your Budget! 
  1. Review the costs and payment due dates of this program carefully
  2. Financial Aid recipients should speak with Student Financial Services
  3. Discuss fees and expenses with any financial contributors (i.e. spouse, parents, guardians)
  4. Know what funds you have to spend before and during the program
  5. Create your budget
  6. Explore additional financing (scholarships, funding sources, etc.)
Explore Scholarships: Community Resources:

Consider asking your home or college community groups and organizations about additional funding resources. Groups may include:
  • Rotary International, Kiwanis, Sorority or Fraternity or Religious Organizations
  • Private Businesses
  • Online Fundraising


Contact Information

Global Learning Department:  Host Institution Website:

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year WSU App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2023-2024 03/01/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** WSU's application deadline may be different than the application deadline for the study abroad program provider or exchange partner. If a deadline falls on a weekend or holiday it will be extended to the next business day.