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International Baccalaureate
Recognition of foreign upper secondary school-leaving certificates: general provisions for all countries
Recognised upper secondary school-leaving certificate
- International Baccalaureate
with the following general education subjects
- First language (native language)
- Second language
- Mathematics (Higher Level / Standard Level)
- Natural sciences (biology, chemistry or physics)
- Humanities and social sciences (geography, history or economics / business and management)
- Elective (one subject from category 2, 4 oder 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
The following subjects are recognised
- All languages
- Economics
- Business and management
- Geography
- History
- Biology
- Chemistry
- Physics
- Mathematics: mathematics standard or higher level
(not recognized: mathematical studies standard level)
Admission requirements of each university
valid for the academic year 2020/21
EPFL | 38 out of 42 points (without bonus points) + HL in the following subjects: 1) mathematics, 2) physics and 3) first modern language (SL in a "Language A" subject is also accepted) + SL (or HL) in three of the following additional subjects: 1) chemistry or biology, 2) general geography, 3) general history, 4) second modern language, 5) applied mathematics or computer science. Otherwise: Entrance Examination EPFL |
ETHZ | Admission without entrance examination if the following requirements are fulfilled:
Otherwise: Reduced Entrance Examination ETHZ |
Basel | Recognised with a minimum of 32 out of 42 points (not counting bonus points) and including 6 subjects, one out of each of the 6 categories mentioned above. At least 3 of these subjects must be taken at Higher Level (one of which must be mathematics or another natural sciences subject) |
Bern | Recognised with a minimum of 32 out of 42 points (not counting bonus points) and including 6 subjects, one out of each of the 6 categories mentioned above. At least 3 of these subjects must be taken at Higher Level (one of which must be mathematics or another natural sciences subject) |
Fribourg | Recognised with a minimum of 32 out of 42 points (not counting bonus points) and including 6 subjects, one out of each of the 6 categories mentioned above. At least 3 of these subjects must be taken at Higher Level (one of which must be mathematics or another natural sciences subject) |
Genève | Recognised with a minimum of 32 out of 42 points (not counting bonus points) and including 6 subjects, one out of each of the 6 categories mentioned above. At least 3 of these subjects must be taken at Higher Level (one of which must be mathematics or another natural sciences subject) |
Lausanne | Recognised with a minimum of 32 out of 42 points (not counting bonus points) and including 6 subjects, one out of each of the 6 categories mentioned above. At least 3 of these subjects must be taken at Higher Level (one of which must be mathematics or another natural sciences subject) |
Luzern | Recognised with a minimum of 32 out of 42 points (not counting bonus points) and including 6 subjects, one out of each of the 6 categories mentioned above. At least 3 of these subjects must be taken at Higher Level (one of which must be mathematics or another natural sciences subject) |
Neuchâtel | Recognised with a minimum of 32 out of 42 points (not counting bonus points) and including 6 subjects, one out of each of the 6 categories mentioned above. At least 3 of these subjects must be taken at Higher Level (one of which must be mathematics or another natural sciences subject) |
St. Gallen | Recognised with a minimum of 32 out of 42 points (not counting bonus points) and including 6 subjects, one out of each of the 6 categories mentioned above. At least 3 of these subjects must be taken at Higher Level (one of which must be mathematics or another natural sciences subject) + HSG admission test |
Zürich | Recognised with a minimum of 32 out of 42 points (not counting bonus points) and including 6 subjects, one out of each of the 6 categories mentioned above. At least 3 of these subjects must be taken at Higher Level (one of which must be mathematics or another natural sciences subject) |
USI | Recognised with a minimum of 32 out of 42 points (not counting bonus points) and including 6 subjects, one out of each of the 6 categories mentioned above. At least 3 of these subjects must be taken at Higher Level (one of which must be mathematics or another natural sciences subject) |