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Study in Switzerland

Posted on 09 February 2007 by LegalBeagle

The Swiss education system is in the process of reform.

At this time, there are 29 institutions: ten federal universities, two federal schools of technology, seven specialised schools, five teaching schools and five independent institutes. Depending on the canton, one enters higher education between 18 and 20 years of age. Most universities now use the Bologna Process and have adapted their degrees to these new regulations. The most frequent degrees are:

Bachelor (three years)
Examen fédéral (in medicine and pharmacy)
Master (one-and-a-half to two years).
Advanced Studies Degree (diplômes d’études avancées) with a theoretical orientation (one to two years)
Specialized Advanced Studies Degree with a professional orientation (one to three years).
Master of Advanced Studies
MBAs
Diplômes FMH (in medicine)
Doctorates (four to five years).

There is no strict time limit for the completion of degrees, although graduates are generally older in the German-speaking part of the country. Taxes and matriculation costs vary with each university. For the first two cycles of study, they range from CHF500 to CHF2,000 per semester. Higher grades’ costs are much higher.

Eligibility for higher degrees depends on possessing a licence, a polytechnic or university diploma, a master’s or an examination d’état in order to pursue doctorates and other postgraduate diplomas: .
For postgraduate courses concerning HES: an HES diploma is required. Holders of a university degree are assessed on a case by case basis. Institutions may require higher-than-average grades, work experience or academic recommendations.



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