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The FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland has a global network and attaches great importance to international cooperation. It offers a diverse and practical programme for people from all over the world who are interested in training and continuing education.

The FHNW is a highly innovative education and research institution with strong regional ties as well as national and international networks. The nine schools at the FHNW equip students to identify the risks and opportunities presented by global and national trends in a rapidly changing world, to work on groundbreaking solutions to pressing issues as part of multidisciplinary teams, and to act in an ethically conscious way.

The FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland is an educational institution that bases all of its teaching, research, continuing education and services on an appreciation of internationalisation, thus preparing its students for the economic, environmental and social challenges facing global societies. Students, teachers and researchers at the university are considered key players in these contexts who are able to develop and implement research-based, ethically insightful and conscientious findings and solutions to global challenges.

Internationality and internationalisation are seen as key dimensions of our programme of studies and as opportunities to foster an approach to education that aims to develop “global expertise” by means of a targeted, specialised and interdisciplinary curriculum.

Studying at FHNW

When you study at FHNW we provide an international setting in which to prepare you for a globalized working environment.

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Offers for Outgoing Students

Opportunities for shorter and lengthier stays abroad during your studies.

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International Short-term Programmes

Are you not able to or do you not want to spent a whole semester abroad?

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Continuing Education

FHNW provides a well-founded, diverse and individual range of continuing education programmes.

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International Research

Research is always geared towards international developments. This is why research projects at FHNW are not just organised within the national context of ...

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The 9 Schools’ International Offices

The International Offices are central points of contact for student and employee exchanges and for partner institutions

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Information on Switzerland

Would you like to study in Switzerland? The information provided here is designed to help you.

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The FHNW Latin American Centre

The FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland has retained an involvement with Latin America for over ten years and is constantly ...

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Latin American Centre de la FHNW

La universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas y Artes del Noroeste de Suiza FHNW participa desde hace más de diez años en proyectos en Latinoamérica y amplía ...

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International Network of the FHNW

The FHNW has a broad international network at its disposal.

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China Centre

Knowledge transfer for students and businesses

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Swiss-European Mobility Programme SEMP / Erasmus+

The Swiss Programme for Erasmus+ for higher education is called Swiss-European Mobility Programme SEMP. SEMP gives Swiss higher education institutions the possibility to support students as well as teaching and administrative staff doing a study-, training- or teaching-mobility with funding. For further information on SEMP please contact the International Offices of the FHNW Schools or visit Movetia.

Campus and university sports

The FHNW has four main campuses in the region of northwestern Switzerland. Information about the infrastructure and sports facilities at the individual locations can be found on the individual campus pages.

Staff Mobility

We also want our staff to gain international experience and cultivate exchange. For example, lecturers and staff participate in:

  • International research projects
  • Research networks
  • Conferences
  • Workshops
  • International Weeks at our partner universities
  • Study trips

Lecturers pass on these experiences to their students in class, and foreign lecturers regularly hold guest lectures at the FHNW. Administration, libraries and services staff also contribute to the international atmosphere.


Standing Committee on International Affairs FHNW