Swiss University Admissions

Swiss University Admissions

What are the entry requirements of Swiss universities?

To be admitted to the Universities of Basel, Bern, Fribourg, Geneva, Lausanne, Lucerne, Neuchâtel, Zurich and St. Gallen, students must receive a minimum of two Bs and a C on their three A-level exams, one of which must be mathematics or another natural sciences subject.

These universities also require three IGCSE or AS-level exams, for a total of six subject exams. 

Students must earn a grade of 5 or better on their IGCSEs, and/or a grade of C or better on their AS-level exams. 

1. First language (native language)
2. Second language
3. Mathematics
4. Natural sciences (biology, chemistry or physics)
5. Humanities and social sciences (geography, history or economics/law)
6. Elective (one subject from category 2, 4 or 5 or computer science or philosophy. Computer science and philosophy can only be chosen as a sixth subject).

The University of Zurich allows students who have taken subjects other than the ones listed above to sit an entrance exam in the missing subjects. 

ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) requires three A-level exams with grade A/A* in:

1. Mathematics
2. Chemistry, physics or biology
3. A first or a second language

ETH Zurich requires four additional subjects at either IGCSE or AS level in applied mathematics, geography, history, another language, computer science, physics, chemistry, biology or economics.

Alternatively, students can sit a reduced entrance exam.

Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences

Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences have the same academic entry requirements as traditional universities. In the case of very strong applications, they will occasionally compromise. However, they require a one-year internship prior to the beginning of undergraduate studies. 

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