Services ZHdK

Student Support

International Office

  • Compulsory «Welcome-Days» including an excursion for all guest, exchange and international students
  • German language courses (Registration form German courses)
  • Events during the semester
  • Documentation stand about Switzerland 
  • Payment of scholarships for students from European SEMP-Partneruniversities
  • Assignment of a personal «Buddy» to each student. The Buddy supports and accompanies the exchange student during his or her stay. 
  • General support during your stay in Switzerland 
  • Assistance with public authorities problems 
  • Point of contact

Student Advice Service

The Student Advice Service provides expert advice and information to all ZHdK students about funding, housing, work, living in Zurich, and various other important matters related to studying in Zurich. For guidance and advice specific to academic content, students should contact their department or specialisation.

Media and Technology

Media and Information Centre MIZ

The Media and Information Centre MIZ unites extensive libraries and archives that encompass topics from all fields of studies. The library offers an exceptional collection of approximately 100'000 volumes in the fields of art, product design, typography, graphics, film, photography, jewelry, ceramics and new media. Next to books, magazines, music notes, dvds and cds; online text and images databanks, e-journals and web-streams are also available. In addition the MIZ has an archive that documents the antecedent institutions of the ZHdK and the Museum für Gestaltung. Innovations such as the Medienarchiv der Künste (Media Archive of the Arts) and the Material Archive complement the MIZ's libraries and archives. Different courses and instructions will guide you through the media pool and allow you to use it successfully for your studies.  

Information Technology Centre ITZ

The Information Technology Centre ITZ is the central service point for information, communication and media technologies at the ZHdK. The ITZ evaluates and acquires the necessary infrastructure and guarantees its good condition and support. It looks after and supports lecturers and students as well as all departments of the institution in the use of analogue and digital information and communication media. The focus of this equipment’s use is in the areas of graphics/DTP, multimedia/animation/video, Internet and printing as well as in special applications. The ITZ also offers a shop for study material ranging from electronics to stationaries. 

Production Centre PZ

The Production Centre PZ offers consulting and guidance in the field of Event- and production technology and helps students with technical questions. An event office, AV-services, a sector for technology and production and different workshops all form part of the PZ. The AV-servcies offer an extensive equipment pool for students and staff. There you can find anything from movie slates, over megaphones to spotlights and microphones. There are also photo and sound studios as well as editing rooms that can be reserved.  

Cultural Spaces at the ZHdK

Museum für Gestaltung

The Museum für Gestaltung is affiliated with the ZHdK and focuses on Design, Visual Communication and Architecture. It's vast visual archive includes a design collection, a poster collection, a graphics collection and an applied art collection. In the Schaudepot (a kind of viewable storage area), the museum's newest exhibition space, the different collections are united and made public for the first time in the museum's history. The museum offers guided tours of the collection every day of the week, except Monday and Saturday. 

As a second exhibition space of the Museum für Gestaltung, the Museum Bellerive and focuses on «coming to terms with phenomena between art and design.» 

Music Club Mehrspur

The Mehrspur is the ZHdK's own, in-house music club. It offers a varied programme with a focus on Jazz and is at once nightlife-club, café and bar.  

Further Events

Information on further events at the ZHdK – from concerts and performances to lectures and celebrations – can be found in the ZHdK's agenda

Other Services

Catering Facilities at the ZHdK

The in-house food services offer students a large variety of different lunch menus for a good price.

Sport Facilities

All students have access to a large range of different sport activities offered by the Zurich Academic Sport Association (Akademischer Sportverband – ASVZ). Many different types of sport are on offer, including for example golf, canoeing, climbing, touring, skiing, diving, tennis and wind surfing. A compulsory fee of CHF 25.– per semester will be charged on your semester or student card bill. On selected days, the ZHdK also offers a small sport programme over lunch