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Entry requirements for Swiss students

This is a guide to the normal entry requirements, assuming you’ve followed the Swiss education system. An admissions tutor will study your application, so make sure you include your academic background and personal information when you apply.

Entry requirements vary depending on what sort of course you’re coming to BU to study.

  • BU International College Foundation Certificates
    You can undertake a Foundation Certificate before going on to an undergraduate course if you have successfully completed 12 years of schooling in Switzerland and achieved a minimum of IELTS (Academic) 5.0.
  • Undergraduate courses
    You can apply to study a Bachelor's degree from year one if you have a Schweizerisch anerkanntes kantonales Maturitatszeugnis, a Certificat de maturite cantonal reconnu par la Confederation, an Attestato di maturita cantonale riconosciuta dalla Confederazione, a Maturitatszeugnis ausgestellt von der Schweizerischen Maturitatskommision, a Certificat de maturite delivre par la Commission suisse de maturite, or an Attestato di maturita rilasciato dalla Commissione svizzera di maturita.
  • Top-up courses
    You need a minimum of two years of tertiary study in a relevant subject area to apply for a Top-up course. Please contact the International Admissions Team if you would like to find out whether your qualifications will allow you to apply for a Top-up course at BU.
  • Postgraduate courses
    If you hold a Swiss Diplom/Diplame/Diploma, a Lizentiat/Licence/Licenza, a Staatsdiplom/Diplame d’Etat/Diploma di Stato, or Bachelor's degree you can apply for a taught postgraduate degree at BU.
  • Research programmes
    ​You need any postgraduate degree to be considered for a BU research programme.

You can find more information about English language requirements for entry to BU on our English language requirements page.

If you need help with your visa or want more information about the immigration process, you can find it on our immigration information page.