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Admission Requirements for Studying in Switzerland

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Università della Svizzera is a multi-lingual university with courses taught in Italian and English. It has a strong international orientation with students from more than 100 different countries!


To be accepted to a university in Switzerland at the bachelor’s level, candidates must possess either a state-recognized Swiss maturity certificate or another university-qualifying foreign secondary education leaving certificate recognized as equivalent by the university. For master’s programs, a bachelor’s degree is required, sometimes in a relevant discipline to the master’s program of your choice.

Depending on the course, a good knowledge of the language of instruction is a prerequisite as well. Most of the schools require a B1/B2 certification level, according to the European language passport (Europass), although some Bachelor's and Master’s programs are taught in English. You may be asked to take a language test/certificate such as the TOEFL® Test before being admitted into a program, depending on the program’s language of instruction, and the language of your previous education. Applicants should contact their selected university well in time for further information about language requirements.

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There is no centralized admissions system for applying to Swiss universities. Once you’ve chosen your program, explore the institution’s website to make sure you fulfill the academic requirements for admission, and make your application directly to the institution of your choice through their application portal.

If you are applying to a public university in Switzerland, whether a traditional university or a university of applied sciences, browse this list by your country of origin to find out the general requirements for admission to each specific university.

Private higher education institutions often have their own admission requirements, and it is best to contact the institution to find out the specific prerequisites for the program you want to study. 

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Last update: 23 Oct 2019

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