Conditions for admission

To be admitted for enrolment in this programme, you will need to fulfill 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

While candidates for enrolment in the BA programme in Applied Languages are not required to demonstrate practical professional experience (e.g. a year of work experience), attendance at language courses abroad prior to the commencement of the programme is recommended.

The enrolment process for foreign candidates is the same as that for candidates from Switzerland. We would however advise candidates from outside Switzerland to provide us with a curriculum vitae and a copy of their secondary school diploma qualifying them to commence tertiary education.Enrolment costs for candidates from outside Switzerland are the same as those applicable to Swiss candidates. The course fees payable by students from outside Switzerland may be higher, however. An overview of the costs involved can be found here (in German only ).No specific quotas are applicable to students from other countries.

Passing grades and language combinations

In order to pass their aptitude test, candidates must pass each of the language tests it comprises. To pass a language test they will need to provide correct answers to questions representing approximately 60 % of the total possible point score. As a rule, students passing the aptitude test will study the combination of languages they entered on their application form. When the grade achieved in a language examination is only just sufficient, the candidate’s language combination may be determined on the basis of his aptitude test results (with the stronger foreign language being the first foreign language and the weaker foreign language the second one).

A candidate who does not pass the aptitude test at the first sitting may resit the test one more time, the resit being no earlier than one year after the first attempt.


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 (Goethe-Institut München)

English as a foreign language
Certificate of Advanced English, grade A (University of Cambridge)
TOEFL (Internet-based), minimum score: 100 (ETS Educational Testing Service)
IELTS, Band 7.0 (University of Cambridge / British Council)

French as a foreign language
Diplôme Supérieur de la Langue Française (Alliance Française)
Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française DALF C2 (Ministère de l’éducation nationale)

Italian as a foreign language
CELI 5 Certificato di conoscenza della Lingua Italiana, livello 5 (Università di Perugia)
PLIDA C2 (Società Dante Alighieri)

Spanish as a foreign language
Diploma Superior de Español DELE (Instituto Cervantes)

These language diplomas (and, where applicable, the required grades)  are minimum requirements. Dispensations can also be granted on the basis of higher qualifications (such as a Certificate of Proficiency in English).

Preparing for the aptitude test

We recommend that candidates prepare for the test by spending time in the countries where the relevant languages are spoken, and that they combine with this with language courses, internships and/or other work in the relevant linguistic regions. The information sheets below list the literature we recommend that candidates read to help them prepare for the language tests.

The demo versions of the language tests will help you to gain a better appreciation of your current  standard. While they provide an indication of the content of the aptitude test and its level of difficulty, they are not fully comparable with the test itself, particularly with regard to their length.

Enrolment deadlines

Enrolment deadline: 30 April

Further information can be found on the German website.