Universities and schools

Different universities in Switzerland offer bachelor's as well as master’s degrees in mass communication and media research. Thus, there are no specific programmes for vocational training at the universities with the exception of further education for communication professionals at the University of Zurich (eg communication in non-for-profit organisations, health communication, political communication in administration, science communication).

In the meantime, the universities of Applied Science have filled the gap. The Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaft (ZHAW) offers a bachelor’s programme in journalism and in organisational communication. The MAZ - Die Schweizer Journalistenschule offers extra-occupational training for journalists with the institution of a Diploma or a Master of Arts in Journalism. Another possibility to become a journalist is offered by the Schule für Angewandte Linguistik (SAL) or the Medienschule Nordwestschweiz.