ZHAW School of Management and Law – Winterthur, Switzerland

Although its origins date back to 1968, Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) was established in 2007 after the merging of four established, independent universities. The School of Management and Law (SML) located in Winterthur, is AACSB accredited and offers advanced, interdisciplinary education programs at a demanding academic level.

With around 9,500 students the ZHAW School of Management and Law (SML) is one of Switzerland’s largest business schools. It is currently the only business school of a Swiss university of applied sciences to feature in the prestigious Financial Times rankings. The SML’s main principle is “Building Competence. Crossing Borders.” and offers students high quality educational programmes that reflects the institution’s global mindset.

Programmes of study

DMU’s exchange agreement with ZHAW allows students enrolled on the following programmes to study abroad:

  • Business and Law – all Business Studies programmes

Modules will be available in English and further information about the study options can be found here. Exchange students will be required to follow a full programme of study for the academic year based at ZHAW School of Management and Law.

Travel & accommodation

  • Travel – the nearest major airport Zurich International Airport. There is a train service from Zurich Airport to the Winterthur campus which takes 15 minutes.
  • Accommodation – A selection of furnished single rooms are reserved especially for ZHAW SML incoming students in WOKO’s Camp AXA, early registration is recommended. There are other accommodation options available such applying for a private room with a host family, or occupying the room/apartment of a local student away on an exchange. Further information can be found here.

Visas & insurance

  • Visas – To take part in this exchange you are responsible for ensuring that meet Swiss immigration requirements.
  • Insurance – All students are recommended to purchase travel insurance for the duration of their time in Europe to cover personal possessions and healthcare. British citizens can not use the European or Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) in Switzerland.


Living costs in Switzerland are higher than those in the UK. We recommend that you do further independent research to gain a better understanding of the cost of your year abroad. To help you, we have a created a simple cost comparison between the UK and Switzerland: