The Section

ESN Winterthur is a very active section with around 15 members and 220 exchange students a year. The goal of ESN Winterthur is to make the study period in Switzerland the best time in an exchange student’s life! We help all foreign students to settle down well in Winterthur, introduce them to Swiss culture (including buddy system and digesting a fondue) and organise various events, ranging from sports activities to pub tours, ski and snow weekends, city trips and so on.

The City

Winterthur is a cultural centre and has also the nickname “city of museums”. It is the second largest town in Canton Zurich and it is located 28 km north east of City Zurich. It is an attractive, small town with approximately 100’000 inhabitants and offers its residents a good quality of life. Despite of the industrial character throughout the town, there are a lot of green spaces. In the old part of the city you will find many shops, street cafes, bars, clubs and discos. There are also museums and a lot of historical places in and around the town. Winterthur’s function as a site of education is gaining more and more importance. In the past few years, the “Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften” (ZHAW) with its different courses of study has established itself here. The region around Winterthur is ideal for cycling, hiking, all kinds of water sports and wine tasting.