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European Baccalaureate

General Provisions

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

Recognised upper secondary school-leaving certificate

  • European Baccalaureate

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 or computer science or philosophy. Computer science and philosophy can only be chosen as a sixth subject)

Language skills and/or exams under reserve

Admission requirements of each university

valid for the academic year 2024/25

EPFLUpper secondary school-leaving certificate in a scientific stream including the subjects 1) mathematics, 2) physics, 3) language of the country granting the diploma, 4) second modern language, 5) chemistry or biology, 6) history, geography, or economics, and 7) applied mathematics, computer science, philosophy, or third modern language. At least six of these seven subjects are present on the final grade transcripts used to determine the award of the certificate, including mathematics and physics studied and examined at the highest possible level. The final grades in mathematics and physics are at least 80% of the maximum grade and the general average is at least 80% of the maximum grade. Otherwise: Entrance Examination EPFL
ETHZEuropean Baccalaureate + proof of tuition in the subjects 1. mathematics, 2. physics, chemistry or biology, 3. language of instruction or a foreign language during the last two years before the Baccalaureate final exam. These subjects must be part of the Baccalaureate final exam and passed with a minimum grade average of 70%. Four of the following subjects must – in addition to the 3 subjects above -  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
BaselEuropean Baccalaureate 
BernEuropean Baccalaureate 
FribourgEuropean Baccalaureate    
GenèveEuropean Baccalaureate
LausanneEuropean Baccalaureate
LuzernEuropean Baccalaureate 
NeuchâtelEuropean Baccalaureate 
St. GallenEuropean Baccalaureate + HSG selection procedure
ZürichEuropean Baccalaureate  
USIEuropean Baccalaureate