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Admission

Conditions for admission

To be admitted for enrolment in this programme, 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.

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. No specific quotas are applicable to students from other countries.

Admissions assessment

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).

Dispensation

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. 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.