Qualifications Framework for the Swiss Higher Education Area nqf.ch-HS


Dr. Sabine Felderswissuniversities, teaching director
T +41 31 335 07 39

Eva Grobswissuniversities, Swiss ENIC
T +41 31 335 0745






The nqf.ch-HS gives an overview of the Swiss higher education. It includes the cycles 1-3 «Bachelor», «Master» and «Doctorate» as well as part of further education at tertiary level. In general the cycles 1–3 are consecutive and the prerequisite for admission to the next level is a subject-specific degree in the preceding cycle.

Transfers from bachelor to master programmes of a different type of higher education institution are possible and regulated in the agreement between the CRUS, the KFH and the COHEP of November 5th 2007: “Permeability Between the Types of Higher Education Institutions”. There are no regulations for taking non formal and informal learning into account. This lies within the responsibility of each higher education institution.

In Switzerland further education at tertiary level is regulated and the number of ECTS credits specified. Admission to each further education programme is defined by the persons responsible for the programme (see Further Education).

Detailed Diagram of the Structure of the Swiss Higher Education System
(Diagram of the Diploma Supplement)