Germany (L) (B)

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

Recognised upper secondary school-leaving certificate

  • Zeugnis der allgemeinen Hochschulreife 

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

EPFL Abitur including the subjects 1) mathematics, 2) physics, 3) German and 4) second modern language. The Durchschnittsnote must be below 2,00. Three of the following additional subjects must also have been followed during the upper secondary school years and/or be part of the Abitur: 1) applied mathematics or computer science, 2) general geography, 3) general history, 4) third modern language, 5) chemistry or biology. Otherwise: Entrance Examination EPFL
ETHZUpper secondary school-leaving certificate with proof of the following: tuition in the subjects 1. mathematics, 2. physics or chemistry or biology and 3. language of instruction or foreign language 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% + four of the following subjects must have been part of the final three years of schooling: physics, chemistry, biology, computer science, another language, geography, history, economics. For Pharmaceutical Sciences: certificate of university admission provided by a recognised German university.  Otherwise: Reduced Entrance Examination ETHZ
BaselUpper secondary school-leaving certificate with a grade average of 2.5 or certificate of university admission in the desired academic subject provided by a recognised German university. Psychology: grade average of 1.5 (or better). A certificate of university admission is compulsory for admission to the following: Biology and Pharmaceutical Studies
BernUpper secondary school-leaving certificate with a grade average of 2.0 or certificate of university admission in the desired academic subject provided by a recognised German university (not a distance university). A certificate of university admission is compulsory for admission to the following: Biology, Pharmacy and Psychology
FribourgUpper secondary school-leaving certificate with a grade average of 2.5 or certificate of university admission provided by a recognised German university
GenèveUpper secondary school-leaving certificate with a grade average of 2.5 or certificate of university admission in the desired academic subject provided by a recognised German university
LausanneUpper secondary school-leaving certificate with a grade average of 2.5 or certificate of university admission in the desired academic subject provided by a recognised German university
LuzernUpper secondary school-leaving certificate with a grade average of 2.5 or certificate of university admission provided by a recognised German university
NeuchâtelUpper secondary school-leaving certificate with a grade average of 2.5 or certificate of university admission in the desired academic subject provided by a recognised German university
St. GallenUpper secondary school-leaving certificate + HSG admission test
ZürichUpper secondary school-leaving certificate with a grade average of 2.0 or certificate of university admission in the desired academic subject provided by a recognised German university (not distance learning). A certificate of university admission is compulsory for admission to the following: Psychology and Biology
USIUpper secondary school-leaving certificate + certificate of university admission in the desired academic subject provided by a recognised German university