In short, the universities and polytechnics offer curriculum of study in various disciplines. In these institutions are trained specialists and experts active in research, education and many other fields where they can assume positions of responsibility.


Mature : Can access without exams to universities and polytechnics Swiss who is in possession of a Mature recognized federally or a foreign diploma recognized as equivalent. Access to university is also allowed with maturity of SCC of Bellinzona (not all faculties, check). Exceptions are right that the number of participants.

Professional maturity + Gangway : In order to enable holders of a vocational baccalaureate access to academic studies in universities and polytechnics, was also Institute complementary certificate said catwalk . It ‘issued to those who pass the examinations and allows you to subscribe to all courses of study (undergraduate courses) offered by Swiss universities. Candidates can prepare for the exams from private (more information at the direction of maturity exam Swiss and gateway) or follow a preparatory course offered by public or private schools. In Ticino, a “bridge course” is organized by the high school canton.


Other degrees : Depending on the University and the Faculty, there are other qualifications that are recognized in part (entrance exam) or completely. In the universities of Fribourg, Geneva and the Swiss Italian also admitted can be made ​​on files. The Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy are excluded from this possibility.

Number closed : For the University of Basel, Bern, Fribourg and Zurich is a numerous clauses for enrollment at the Faculty of Medicine. If entries exceed the designed capacity, is put into practice an aptitude test.

Duration: 4 1/2 – 5 years (3 years Bachelor + 1 1/2 – 2 years Master)

institutions offer study process in various fields structured in a modular form on the European model, known as Bologna Declaration, which provides for the quantification of all taught courses and study credits ECTS. The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) guarantees the principle of compatibility and portability of credits within the European university system. This harmonization requires 180 ECTS for the Bachelor’s degree (Bachelor’s degree), for a period of three years of full-time study or 4 years part-time, and 90-120 ECTS for Master (Graduate specialization / teaching), for a period of 1.5 to 2 years. Depending on the option, you can choose a unique material, or you have to choose two main subjects from 70 ECTS at the beginning of the first year, to which add a secondary matter from 40 ECTS or, alternatively, a specialization by as many credits in the two main subjects. The details of the so-called “material only” and the possible combinations of the materials are available in the pages of each university, under the heading Pathways study .