3. General Regulations For All Countries
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:
- It must be the highest possible upper secondary school-leaving certificate in the issuing country,
- It must entitle the holder to general access to university studies,
- It must - as a rule - be attained in an unabridged course of schooling in a school class,
- It must be in one of the following streams: classical languages, modern languages, humanities and social sciences, or mathematics and natural sciences,
- It must qualify as general education.
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:
- First language (native language)
- Second language
- Natural sciences (biology, chemistry or physics)
- Humanities and social sciences (geography, history or economics/law)
- 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)
If requested by the Swiss university, the applicant must provide evidence
- that the desired study programme in Switzerland could also be studied, subject to no stricter requirements, in the country that issued the certificate,
- that a place at a university was granted to the applicant,
- and that the applicant was not disqualified or expelled from another university because the applicant failed examinations or for other reasons.