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General Provisions

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

Recognised upper secondary school-leaving certificate

  • High School Diploma

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.

Not recognised are AP-subjects such as

  • Art History
  • Computer Science
  • Comp Government & Politics
  • Environmental Science
  • Music Theory
  • Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • U.S. Government & Politics

Admission requirements of each university

valid for the academic year 2019/20

EPFLUpper secondary school-leaving certificate + Entrance Examination EPFL
ETHZUpper secondary school-leaving certificate + Reduced Entrance Examination if  High School Diploma is accompanied by at least three Advanced Placement Tests, each one with a minimum score of 3 in: 1. mathematics; 2. biology or physics or chemistry; 3. one language.  In addition, four of the following subjects must have been taken during the last three years of high school: physics, chemistry, biology, computer science, another language, geography, history, economics. Otherwise: Comprehensive Entrance Examination ETHZ
Basel

Upper secondary school-leaving certificate + 2 years of university-level studies recognised by the respective university or 5 Advanced Placement Tests, each one with a minimal score of 3 and including 2 languages (at least one of which must be German, French, English, Spanish or Latin), calculus and 2 natural sciences subjects (a social sciences subject (history, geography, economics) can be chosen instead of the native language or the second natural sciences subject)

BernUpper secondary school-leaving certificate + 2 years of university-level studies recognised by the respective university or 5 Advanced Placement Tests, each one with a minimal score of 3 and including 2 languages, mathematics/calculus, one natural sciences and one social sciences subject
FribourgUpper secondary school-leaving certificate + 2 years of university-level studies recognised by the respective university or 5 Advanced Placement Tests, each one with a minimal score of 3 and including 2 languages, mathematics/calculus, one natural sciences subject (chemistry, biology or physics) and one social sciences subject (history, geography or economics/law)
GenèveUpper secondary school-leaving certificate + 2 years of university-level studies recognised by the respective university or 5 Advanced Placement Tests, each one with a minimal score of 3 and including 2 languages, mathematics, history and one natural sciences subject (chemistry, biology or physics)
LausanneUpper secondary school-leaving certificate + 2 years of university-level studies recognised by the respective university or 5 Advanced Placement Tests, each one with a minimal score of 3 and including 2 languages, mathematics, history and one natural sciences subject (chemistry, biology or physics)
LuzernUpper secondary school-leaving certificate + 2 years of university-level studies recognised by the respective university or 5 Advanced Placement Tests, each one with a minimal score of 3 and including 2 languages, mathematics/calculus, one natural sciences subject and one social sciences subject
NeuchâtelUpper secondary school-leaving certificate + 2 years of university-level studies recognised by the respective university or 5 Advanced Placement Tests, each one with a minimal score of 3 and including 2 languages, mathematics, history and one natural sciences subject (chemistry, biology or physics)
St. GallenUpper secondary school-leaving certificate + 2 years of university-level studies recognised by the respective university or 5 Advanced Placement Tests, each one with a minimal score of 3 and including 2 languages, mathematics/calculus, one natural sciences subject and one social sciences subject + HSG admission test
ZürichUpper secondary school-leaving certificate + 2 years of university-level studies recognised by the respective university or 5 Advanced Placement Tests, each one with a minimal score of 3 and including 2 languages, mathematics/calculus, one natural sciences subject and one social sciences subject
USIUpper secondary school-leaving certificate + 2 years of university-level studies recognised by the respective university or 5 Advanced Placement Tests, each one with a minimal score of 3 and including 2 languages, mathematics, history and one natural sciences subject (chemistry, biology or physics)