Conditions for admission
To be admitted for enrolment in this programme, you will need to meet the following requirements:
- Present either a baccalaureate diploma - which may be either a Swiss general baccalaureate (in German, "gymnasiale Maturität"), a Swiss specialist baccalaureate (in German, "Fachmaturität"), a Swiss vocational baccalaureate (in German, "Berufsmaturität") - or an equivalent qualification from another country.
- Pass the aptitude test.
If you have gained a foreign qualification either abroad or in Switzerland which allows you access to higher education (e.g. Abitur or International Baccalaureate), please submit the documents requested so that your qualification can be checked for equivalency. This equivalency verification process follows the specifications outlined by swissuniversities and takes place after your application has been submitted.
In order to determine in advance whether you are likely to fulfil the admission requirements, please consult this flow chart, which takes you through the recognition process for foreign qualifications. The criteria and steps outlined in the flow chart are also explained in our Fact Sheet for Applicants from Abroad. Enrolment costs for candidates from outside Switzerland are the same as those applicable to Swiss candidates. However, the course fees payable by students from outside Switzerland may be higher. There are no restrictions on numbers for foreign students.
The admissions assessment consists of written language tests and a group discussion.
- You will be tested in the languages you intend to study, i.e. a main language (mother tongue) and at least two foreign languages. Candidates may take tests in a greater number of languages than can be studied in their foundation course. The level of proficiency candidates will be expected to achieve for admission is equivalent to an above-average baccalaureate grade in their main language and approximately C1 under the Common European Reference Framework in their foreign languages.
- The 90-minute group discussion takes place in groups of six persons with the same main language. Candidates are required to solve a number of tasks under the guidance of two assessors. No particular prior knowledge is required for the group discussion.
Passing grades and language combinations
To pass the admissions assessment, candidates must pass each unit (approx. 60% pass mark). Candidates who pass the admissions assessment are entitled to enrol in the bachelor degree programme in the year they take the test or in either of the two years thereafter. Candidates who do not pass the admissions assessment at the first sitting may resit the test one more time, the resit being no earlier than one year after the first attempt. They must only resit those units of the test which were failed.
As a rule, successful candidates study the combination of languages they entered on their application form. When the grade achieved in a language test is only just sufficient, we reserve the right to determine a candidate’s language combination on the basis of their admissions assessment results (with the stronger foreign language being the first foreign language and the weaker foreign language the second one).
All candidates must sit a language test in their primary language. No dispensation from this requirement can be granted for any candidate.
Candidates with a recognised language certificate at level C2 in a foreign language can be granted a dispensation from the test in that language provided the certificate was awarded no more than two years before the date of their application.
The following certificates qualify for dispensation:
- German as a foreign language
- Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Grosses Deutsches Sprachdiplom
- English as a foreign language
- Certificate of Advanced English, grade A
- Certificate of Proficiency in English
- TOEFL (Internet-based), score: 115
- IELTS, Band 8.0
- French as a foreign language
- Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française DALF C2
- Italian as a foreign language
- CELI 5 Certificato di conoscenza della Lingua Italiana
- PLIDA C2
- Spanish as a foreign language
- Diploma Superior de Español DELE C2
Preparing for the admissions assessment
No particular prior knowledge or preparation is required for the group discussion. Depending on their language level and learning type, candidates will have to prepare in very different ways for the admissions assessment. We recommend that candidates spend time in the countries where the relevant languages are spoken, doing language courses, internships and/or working.
We also recommend that candidates immerse themselves as much as possible in the languages to be studied (watching TV, reading newspapers, listening to podcasts, doing exercises etc.).
The following demo versions of the language tests give an idea of the level required:
Admissions assessment: deadline for enrolment
Enrolment deadline is 31 March (2020: 31 May). The admissions assessment takes place in calendar week 17 (Dates). The exact dates will be communicated to you in person once your enrolment has been received. Usually all the units of the test are held on the same day. If you take tests in more than one main language or more than two foreign languages, you will be asked to attend on a second day.
Candidates are notified of the admissions assessment results by 24 May.