Recognition of foreign upper secondary school-leaving certificates for university admission in Switzerland, valid for the academic year 2016/17
Recognition of foreign school-leaving certificates is based on the «CRUS Recommendations for the Assessment of Foreign Upper Secondary School-Leaving Certificates, 7 September 2007». It must be explicitly pointed out that in each case the admission requirements of the cantonal universities or federal institutes of technology precede the country assessments.
The country assessments provide information as to which school leaving certificates from which countries and under which conditions entitle the holder to be admitted to the different Swiss universities. These assessments are for first-year students only. Further information is provided by the university concerned.
Admission applications must be sent to the university in question.
There are specific admission criteria for medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine. Information on further admission restrictions is provided by the university in question.
It is up to the university applicants themselves to provide evidence that they fullfill the demanded admission criteria.
A foreign upper secondary school-leaving certificate must correspond substantially to the Swiss Maturity Certificate in regards to school subjects, number of hours, and length of schooling. Specifically:
Foreign school-leaving certificates are considered to be general education if the last three years of schooling include at least six general education subjects, independent of one another, in accordance with the following list:
If requested by the Swiss university, the applicant must provide evidence
The following credentials are not recognised, even if they give access to higher education in the issuing country:
If a credential is not recognised, the applicant must pass the full Swiss (or cantonal) maturity examination.
The universities reserve the right to require language skills exams. Further information is supplied by the university itself.
As a rule, older upper secondary school-leaving certificates are assessed according to the current admission requirements. Further information is supplied by the university itself.
The current certificate of university admission must be provided by a recognised university of the country where the upper secondary school-leaving certificate was issued. Certificates for distance studies are not accepted.