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Qualifications Framework for the Higher Education Area


The Qualifications Framework of the Swiss Higher Education Area describes and defines the higher education levels and qualifications in Switzerland on the basis of the following elements:

  • generic descriptors
  • admission criteria
  • ECTS credits
  • academic degrees


The contributes to the implementation of the Bologna Reform objectives.

It serves as an orientation tool for the higher education institutions to develop and describe their study courses and programmes.

It improves the information about the Swiss higher education system, particularly with regard to teaching.

It facilitates the comparability of qualifications in Europe and enhances transparency.


approved by all three Rectors' Conferences and adopted by the common Steering Committee ( on November 23rd 2009.

adopted by the Swiss University Conference (SUK/CUS) on June 30th 2011, insofar as it applies to the universities.