Terms of admission to UAS

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Study at Bachelor level

The terms of admission are set out in the Federal Act on Funding and Coordination of the Swiss Higher Education Sector (Higher Education Act, HEdA) from 30 September 2011 and the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER's Ordinance on Admission to Studies at Universities of Applied Sciences from 2 September 2005 (Status on 1 January 2015).

  • Admission to Bachelor programmes at universities of applied sciences is free of examination if the Federal Vocational Baccalaureate has been attained in combination with vocational education and training in a profession related to the field of study. If the vocational education and training involved a non-related profession, at least one year's work experience is also required.

  • Holders of Baccalaureate Certificates are admitted without examination if they can provide evidence of at least one year's work experience in an occupational field related to the field of study.

  • Graduation from an upper-secondary specialised school with an additional Specialised Baccalaureate allows access to certain degree programmes at universities of applied sciences, namely degree programmes in health, social work, communication and information, design and art, music and theatre, as well as applied psychology.

  • Graduates with other qualifications from upper-secondary education can also be admitted to universities of applied sciences if additional conditions are met (work experience and/or entrance exam).

The final decision on admission to a degree programme is the responsibility of the respective university of applied sciences. Various fields of study also require additional aptitude assessments.

Study at Master level

A Bachelor's degree in the same field of study or an equivalent tertiary level A qualification is the pre-condition for admission to Master programmes. The universities of applied sciences can set additional requirements.

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Last update of this page: 16.12.2015