Welcome Centre FHNW
The Welcome Centre provides various support services in connection with the appointment and induction of new staff. It also serves as a central contact point and offers a wide range of advice. The Welcome Centre helps international staff to integrate into the Swiss employment market and thus provides them with useful initial assistance upon their arrival in Switzerland.
The University of Applied Sciences Northernwestern Switzerland (FHNW) offers a wide range of services. The Welcome Centre operates as a service hub and liaises with the various FHNW services and human resources units. The Welcome Centre also provides all new FHNW staff with an information package.
Our online information platform provides a wide range of useful information:
The FHNW and its Organisation
Visit http://www.fhnw.ch/ for practical information about the FHNW and its organisation, committees, and bodies, as well as for links to the designated human resources and equal opportunities websites. The site also contains various basic documents, including the overarching legal framework (state treaty) as well as the FHNW’s performance contract and its organisational charts.
The human resources websites (see www.fhnw.ch/services/personal) are updated on a regular basis and provide useful information concerning FHNW appointments.
Following their appointment, new staff may be required to relocate to accommodation nearer the FNHW. For accommodation opportunities, please visit the following websites:
Swiss Education System
Depending on the educational level, the Swiss school system is subject to municipal, cantonal, and federal jurisdiction. Please see the Educa-Website for detailed information on the Swiss education system.
German Language Courses
A wide range of specialised German language courses are available throughout Switzerland. For an overview, see http://www.ausbildung-weiterbildung.ch/
Dual Career Service
The Dual Career Service assists the partners of new FHNW staff in dealing with the challenge of relocation and professional reorientation.
While contract negotiations focus on academic matters, accepting or declining an appointment at FHNW will also depend on how compatible relocation to Switzerland is with a prospective staff member’s family and partner. The FHNW Dual Career Service offers career counselling and childcare services to ensure successful relocation to Switzerland. For assistance, please contact your designated human resources officer or the Welcome Centre in Brugg.
The FHNW provides all staff and students with information about childcare opportunities available in the region. See www.fhnw.ch/kinderbetreuung
Individuals living abroad and seeking employment in Switzerland are advised to consult the following websites:
Health insurance and other insurances
Comparis.ch is Switzerland’s online price comparison service, among others for health insurance and insurance premiums. It offers special information for new arrivals in Switzerland. For details, see http://en.comparis.ch/
For general information about the Swiss tax system, please visit the multilingual homepage of the Swiss Federal Tax Administration at http://www.estv.admin.ch/
For the current rules and regulations, go to “Documentation, Publications.” Guidelines for first-time taxpayers in Switzerland are also available.
The FHNW provides staff and students with a wide range of sports opportunities. For details, view www.fhnw.ch/sport