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Swiss higher education recognized in 45 European countries | About the Bologna Process | Recognition of foreign qualifications | Useful links  

Swiss higher education recognized in 45 European countries

 

Switzerland adheres to the Bologna Process, also known as the Bologna Accords (see below), which aims to harmonize higher education in Europe. These Agreements help facilitate recognition of students’ qualifications within Europe and enable students and researchers to move from one institution or country to another. Thanks to the Bologna Agreement, the diplomas awarded by Swiss universities and institutions of higher education are recognized by 45 other signatory countries.

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About the Bologna Process

 

The Accord aims to harmonize the curriculum of individual countries within a common framework that is based around five key points:

 

• Education undertaken in two study cycles, including the Bachelor and Master
• Recognition of diplomas by the signatory countries
• Introduction of the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System)
• The Diploma Supplement
• Collaboration and compatibility between higher education institutions
  to promote student mobility

 

The Bachelor diploma – also known as a ‘degree’ in some countries - is the diploma awarded upon completion of undergraduate studies. To achieve this, the student must earn at least 180 ECTS (dissertation or thesis Bachelor included), equivalent to an average of 3 years’ full-time education, corresponding to the volume of work performed (1 credit = 25 to 30 hours).

 

The Master’s diploma corresponds to the second cycle, which lasts about 1 ½ to 2 years, and requires 90 to 120 ECTS credits.

 

The Diploma Supplement is a tool that can be attached to the Bachelor or Master’s degree or other higher education diploma and which describes the degree qualification. This helps create a dossier explaining the nature, level, context, content and status of the studies completed by the student.

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Recognition of foreign qualifications

 

Individuals with a degree qualification that does not meet the framework of the Bologna Process can learn more about whether or not their diploma is recognized in Switzerland by contacting the Federal Office for Professional Education and Technology (OPET/OFFT).

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Useful links

 

Recognition of foreign qualifications
www.bbt.admin.ch/themen/01105/index.html?lang=en

 

Agencies responsible for the recognition of foreign qualifications
www.bbt.admin.ch/themen/01105/01106/index.html?lang=en

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