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Admission

Conditions for admission

To be admitted for enrolment to the BA in Applied Languages, you will need to meet the following requirements:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 by the academic office responsible for the degree programme you have chosen so that your qualification can be checked for equivalency. This equivalency recognition process follows the Guidelines on Admission to Bachelor’s Degree Programmes and takes place after your application has been submitted. If you have any further questions, please contact the academic office responsible for the degree programme you have chosen. For more information please read the Fact Sheet for Applicants from Abroad.

Admissions assessment

The admissions assessment consists of several language tests.
 

Passing grades and language combinations

To pass the admissions assessment, candidates must pass each part (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).

Dispensation

All candidates must sit a language test in their main 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 of 115 or over
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

Preparation

Depending on your language level and learning type, you can prepare in very different ways for the language tests. We strongly recommend that you spend time in the countries where the relevant languages are spoken, doing language courses, internships and/or working.

We also recommend that you make conscious and active use of your chosen languages (e.g. with exercise books) prior to the language tests and also consume content in these languages by watching TV, reading newspapers and listening to podcasts, among other things.

The following demo versions of the language tests allow you to better assess your language knowledge and the level of the language tests: