Information about Studying in Switzerland

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There are 12 university-level national institutions in

  In German-speaking Switzerland (   (
  For Business Administration, Economics, Law and Social Sciences

  In French-speaking Switzerland

  In Italian-speaking Switzerland

While each university has its own character, all have a similar structure. They are divided into schools: law, social sciences, arts, theology, natural sciences, and medicine. Fribourg ( and Neuchâtel ( Universities have no medical school, but provide a medical curriculum up to the pre-diploma level. The two Federal of Technology train engineers, architects, chemists, physicists, and mathematicians. The Federal Institute of Technology in  Zurich ( also has courses in pharmacy, agriculture, forestry, mathematics, and natural sciences. The University of St. Gallen ( prepares its students for management positions in industry (Master of International Management), business administration, and for teaching positions in business. Lucerne ( specializes in Catholic theology and philosophy. The newly established Università della Svizzera italiana ( has schools of architecture, economics, and communications. The academic year is divided into two semesters, the winter term lasting from mid-October to early March and the summer term from mid-April to mid-July. Swiss universities do not provide on-campus accommodations.


With the exception of a few lectures, instruction is given in German at the universitites in German-speaking Switzerland, in French in those parts of the country where that language is spoken, and in Italian at the Università della Svizzera italiana. Fribourg, Genève, Lausanne, and Neuchâtel have special institutes at which students can, if necessary, improve their knowledge of modern French while they study, but a good working knowledge of the language of instruction is a prerequisite for enrollment at institutions of higher learning throughout Switzerland.

Recognition of Foreign School Certificates

Those wishing to enroll must have a state-recognized Swiss matriculation certificate or a foreign certificate/diploma of equivalent value. All Swiss university-level institutions are autonomous, and therefore requirements for admission can vary. Those desiring a definite statement as to the recognition of their certificate/diploma should write directly to the university in Switzerland they wish to enter. Candidates holding a certificate, which is only partly equivalent to Swiss matriculation, can sit for one of the entrance examinations held twice a year in Fribourg by the Swiss universities. Applications are made through the Secretariat of the university to which entrance is desired, which will also supply detailed information about th examinations. The candidate may wish to prepare for the entrance examinations by attending courses specifically designed for this purpose in Fribourg. Information regarding these courses can be obtained from the Secretariat of the University Preparatory Courses, Route du Jura 1, CH 1700 Fribourg / Switzerland (Tel. 011 41 26 / 322 76 23).

Admission to Swiss Universities

Even if a foreign school certificate is recognized as sufficient for enrollment, the schools still reserve the right to grant admission. For instance, in certain fields of study (particularly medicine, pharmacy, chemistry, and more recently psychology) only a limited number of foreigners can be accepted. In the medical schools, foreign applications are not likely to be considered. The universities also reserve the right to require an entrance examination in the chosen field of study. In all cases, adequate knowledge of the language of instruction is a prerequisite for admission. Most universities hold a language examination for those with a foreign mother tongue. Minimum age for admission is 18. Applicants wishing to pursue advanced studies should inquire directly at the university they choose to attend.

Duration of Studies

 The total duration of studies up to the first academic examination is generally eight semesters, six under exceptional circumstances, depending on local rules; in the case of medical studies, it is six years. In practice, the actual period of study is longer, depending on the program of studies and the degree pursued.


 Degrees awarded are the licentiate, the diploma "Diplom (German) / Diplôme (French)," and the doctorate. The licentiate and the diploma (the first degrees awarded in Switzerland) correspond approximately to the master's degree in the U.S.A. In most universities, a licentiate or diploma examination must be passed before proceeding to doctoral studies.


 Various scholarships are offered on a bilateral basis between governments and/or universities. The selection process for Government scholarships is administered through the grant-giving authority in the respective countries. Detailed information can be obtained from the Federal Commission for Scholarships for foreign students   (or at the Cultural Section of our Embassy in Tokyo); inquiries about direct university scholarships can be made at the respective universities.


Applicants must write to the university of their choice. In general, the following must be submitted together with the application:
 *        exact information as to the course of study desired;
 *        a certified copy of an equivalent of Swiss matriculation;
 *        a resume or curriculum vitae.
A personal appearance is required at the actual enrollment, which takes place at the beginning of each semester.

  Universities of Applied Sciences

The Higher Schools of Engineering and Business Administration, and the colleges of the fine arts, design, music, health, and social work have
 recently been recognized as Universities of Applied Sciences . These universities are at the moment not part of institutions you can attend with government scholarships.

  Private Universities

 In addition to the institutes of higher education mentioned above, there are a number of private colleges in Switzerland. The studies and examinations offered by these colleges are not recognized in Switzerland. Some of these colleges may offer extral curricular courses. We therefore advise anyone interested in following such a course to make careful initial investigations into the recognition issue.

To look for further information of private universities in Switzerland, please visit the website of the Swiss Federation of Private Schools at, or contact:

  Hotelgasse 1, Postfach 245
 3000 Bern 7, Switzerland
 TEL: +41 31 328 40 50
 FAX: +41 31 328 4055

(This part was contributed by Dr. Abduxukur Abdurixit in Switzerland)

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