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Zurich, Switzerland Project Center (IQP)
Zurich, Switzerland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: A term
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: WPI applicants only
Budget Sheets: A term
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Term:
A Term
Project Opportunities:
Tara Mann
Center Highlights:
International, Urban
Shared rooms in a student residence/dormitory
Program Preparation:
1/6 PQP in the term preceding departure, ID 2050 in the term preceding your departure.
Program Eligibility:
All majors eligible, Good academic standing (not on academic warning or academic probation), Sophomore at the time of application
Program Description:


Students will study at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), one of the largest and most productive universities of applied sciences in Switzerland.  Among ZHAW’s distinguishing features are a focus on interdisciplinary research and its practical applications in everyday life. ZHAW has facilities in Winterhur, Zurich and Wädenswil, Switzerland.  These IQPs will take place at the Zurich facility.

Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland with about 2 million people in the urban area.  It is located in the central part of the country at northwestern tip of Lake Zurich.  As the financial and travel center of Switzerland, Zurich is consistently rated as one of the cities with the highest quality of living in the world as well as the wealthiest city in Europe. The official language is German but French and English are also widely spoken.


Three different IQP projects are offered at the Switzerland project site.

In one of the projects, “Tracing the Commodity Trade,” students will apply economic instruments to analyze how the worldwide commodity trade works and how Switzerland succeeds in maintaining its important role as a leader in the trading of luxury commodities such as coffee and cocoa.. Students will trace the importance of the trade and the processing of commodities for Swiss society in selected locations (Glencore headquarters in Baar; Lindt & Sprüngli chocolate factory in Zurich; ZHAW Institute for Food and Beverage Innovation in Wädenswil).

In another project, “The Paper-Free Study – A Utopia,” students will develop and evaluate alternatives to paper based study, such as E-learning tools.  The project team therefore will consider technologic, pedagogic, economic and ecologic aspects of implementing such alternatives to traditional paper based study. 

In the final project, “Historic Exhibition of the Chemistry Department,” students will take an inventory of the ZHAW chemistry department’s 130 year old collection of chemicals, minerals, and equipment.  This inventory will include research on equipment history and evaluation of which items are worth preserving and the cost and mechanism of preservation and restoration. Ultimately, students in this project will design an exhibition geared towards inspiring interest in the natural sciences.


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Country-specific travel health information from the Center for Disease Control

This program is currently not accepting applications.