Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education

European College for Liberal Studies (ECLS)
1 to 2 years
Part time
Graduate diploma / certificate
On campus
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About this program

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education

Upon successful completion of the study program students receive an international Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education awarded by the school's headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, based on the recommendation of the faculty of the local campuses where credits were earned.

Admission requirements

Students should be fluent in English and have obtained a Master's degree (or equivalent). Refer to the application process for further details on the recommended English language levels.

Degrees with 240 European credits or 160 American semester credits are considered equivalent. Other degrees can be submitted along with your application for review by our Admissions Department. No distinction is made between academic or professional Master's degrees.

Students who do not hold a business-related Master's degree or equivalent may be required to complete an inbound assessment test prior to starting the program, and, depending on the results, earn an additional number of credits in leveling courses from the Master's program in order to be fully prepared for our postgraduate programs.

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Program delivery

Because of the program's flexible structure and modular design, multiple starting dates are available at the start of every Quarter and of every Term, in October, November, January, February, April, and May.

Part-time students can earn a Postgraduate Certificate in 1 or 2 academic years, depending on the number of courses attempted per quarter, the course selection, and the course planning. All Postgraduate students are considered part-time. Part-time studies are available only for students with a national passport or residence permit.

Courses are scheduled across main and branch campuses from Monday to Saturday between 8:30 and 18:30, typically in sessions of 3 hours each and in an intensive seminar format with visiting professors, providing students the flexibility to combine work and studies, and fostering inter-campus exchanges and global networking.


Program fees are calculated pro-rata per campus where the student completed courses and earned credits.

For further information on fees, please contact the institute.

Career paths

Career preparation and job placement

Our Careers Department supports our students in planning their career paths by:

  • organizing several career seminars
  • offering the possibility of meeting with business professionals interested in recruiting
  • maintaining job and internship listings on our Careers Portal.

Our study programs are designed to meet the demands of a broad range of business professions. Students are also assisted with finding attractive internships and jobs with local as well as multinational companies and organizations. In addition, we also review our students' CVs and provide useful tips for job interviews.

Dedicated career services

With the help from our dedicated career services and our online career center, students and alumni get the career support they need to help their professional careers take off.

Our dedicated career department organizes relevant career seminars and guest speaker events on a quarterly basis, and our online career center provides 24/7 access to the latest job offers and internship opportunities and to a wide range of videos and articles with helpful tips and advice.

Professional career perspectives

Our professional study programs prepare students for a wide range of professions across a wide range of industries. Important to note is that our programs do not aim for access to regulated professions or government employment. While access to government employment may be limited because of the private nature of our degrees, several alumni do work for government authorities in a number of positions.

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Dedicated to cross-cultural education with a global perspective, the European College for Liberal Studies (ECLS) is an independent private higher education institution with campuses in Europe and Asia. ECLS offers flexible liberal and global studies at the Undergraduate/Bachelor/BA, Graduate/Master/MA and...

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Why study at European College for Liberal Studies (ECLS)

Our flexible business and management programs will enable you to kick-start your career in any industry.

  • Customize your studies 100% to your personal needs
  • 85+ different nationalities
  • Build long-lasting connections
  • Small class sizes
  • Contemporary case studies
  • Launch your career 8 times per year! Join the program every 5 weeks in: October, November, January, February, April, May, July and August
  • Global study abroad experience across Europe and Asia

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European College for Liberal Studies (ECLS)

Cross-Cultural Education Center
Brandschenkestrasse 38
8002 Zurich

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