France

Recognition of foreign upper secondary school-leaving certificates: general provisions for all countries

Recognised upper secondary school-leaving certificate

  • Baccalauréat général (awarded as from 2015)
    • Série S
    • Série ES
    • Série L

with the following general education subjects
(during the last 3 years)

  1. First language (native language)
  2. Second language
  3. Mathematics 
  4. Natural sciences (biology, chemistry or physics)
  5. Humanities and social sciences (geography, history or economics/law)
  6. Elective (one subject from category 2, 4 or 5)

Language skills and/or exams under reserve

Admission requirements of each university

valid for the academic year 2019/20

EPFLS-series Baccalauréat général including the subjects 1) mathematics, 2) physics, 3) French and 4) second modern language. The moyenne générale must be 16,00 or above. Three of the following additional subjects must also have been followed during the upper secondary school years and/or be part of the Baccalauréat général: 1) applied mathematics or computer science, 2) general geography, 3) general history, 4) third modern language, 5) chemistry or biology. Otherwise: Entrance Examination EPFL
ETHZBaccalauréat général série S with proof of the following: tuition in the subjects 1. mathematics, 2. physics or chemistry or biology and 3. language of instruction or première langue vivante  during the last two years before the upper secondary school-leaving certificate. These subjects must be part of the final exam and passed with a minimum grade average of 70% (14,00/20). The 'moyenne générale' must be 16,00/20 or above. Four of the following subjects must also have been part of the final three years of schooling: physics, chemistry, biology, computer science, another language, geography, history, economics. Otherwise: Reduced Entrance Examination ETHZ
BaselBaccalauréat général, série S: recognised
Baccalauréat général, série ES: recognised
Baccalauréat général, série L: recognised if mathematics was taken during the last 3 school years. Without mathematics: university degree (at least 3 years)
BernBaccalauréat général, série S: recognised
Baccalauréat général, série ES: not recognised
Baccalauréat général, série L: recognised if mathematics was taken during the last 2 school years. Without mathematics: university degree (at least 3 years)
FribourgBaccalauréat général, série S: recognised
Baccalauréat général, série ES: not recognised
Baccalauréat général, série L: recognised if mathematics was taken during the last 2 school years. Without mathematics: university degree (at least 3 years)
GenèveBaccalauréat général, série S: recognised with a grade average of 12/20 or 2 years of university-level studies recognised by the respective university
Baccalauréat général, série ES: recognised with a grade average of 12/20 or 2 years of university-level studies recognised by the respective university
Baccalauréat général, série L: recognised with a grade average of 12/20 or 2 years of university-level studies recognised by the respective university
LausanneBaccalauréat général, série S: recognised
Baccalauréat général, série ES: not recognised
Baccalauréat général, série L: recognised if mathematics was taken during the last 2 school years. Without mathematics: university degree (at least 3 years)
LuzernBaccalauréat général, série S: recognised
Baccalauréat général, série ES: not recognised
Baccalauréat général, série L: recognised if mathematics was taken during the last 2 school years. Without mathematics: university degree (at least 3 years) university-level studies recognised by the respective university
NeuchâtelBaccalauréat général, série S: recognised with a grade average of 12/20
Baccalauréat général, série ES: recognised with a grade average of 12/20
Baccalauréat général, série L: recognised if mathematics was taken during the last 2 school years + grade average of 12/20. Without grade mathematics: grade average of 12/20 + 2 years of university-level studies recognised by the UniNE
St. GallenBaccalauréat général, série S: recognised + HSG admission test
Baccalauréat général, série ES: not recognised
Baccalauréat général, série L: recognised if mathematics was taken during the last 2 school years. Without mathematics: university degree (at least 3 years) + HSG admission test
ZürichBaccalauréat général, série S: recognised
Baccalauréat général, série ES: not recognised
Baccalauréat général, série L: recognised if mathematics was taken during the last 2 school years. Without mathematics: university degree (at least 3 years)
USIBaccalauréat général, série S: recognised
Baccalauréat général, série ES: recognised if mathematics was taken during the last school year + a grade average of 14/20. Without mathematics and grade average: university degree (at least 3 years)
Baccalauréat général, série L: recognised if mathematics was taken during the last 2 school years. Without mathematics: university degree (at least 3 years)