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Overview of Swiss diplomas

In the overview below you can find the level of Swiss diplomas. You cannot derive any rights from it.

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Berufsmaturität/Fachmaturität/Specialised Maturity Certificate

  • Comparable to: a HAVO diploma for the general education component (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education with vocational components.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher professional education (Fachhochschulen).

Maturity Certificate/Maturitätszeugnis/Maturitätsausweis/Certificat de Maturité

  • Comparable to: a VWO diploma (NLQF 4+/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 to 4 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education

Diplom – 4 years (Fachhochschule/Haute École Spécialisée)

  • Comparable to: an HBO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.

Bachelor (University/ETH)

  • Comparable to: a WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to university masters.

Bachelor (Fachhochschule/Haute École Spécialisée)

  • Comparable to: an HBO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to masters in higher professional education (Fachhochschulen).

Diplom/Diplôme/Lizentiat/Licence (University/ETH)

  • Comparable to: a WO master’s degree (NLQF 7 / EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 to 6 years.
  • Type of education: research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to doctorate programmes.

Master (University/ETH)

  • Comparable to: a WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1½ to 3 years.
  • Type of education: research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to doctorate programmes.

Master (Fachhochschule/Haute École Spécialisée)

  • Comparable to: an HBO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1½ to 2 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to specialised advanced programmes in higher professional education (Certificate, Diploma or Master of Advanced Studies).