Master of Advanced Studies programs as well as diploma and certificate programs are aimed at people with a Master's-level university degree and professional experience. A postgraduate degree does not count as a regular university degree.
In exceptional cases, persons with comparable qualifications or basic training at the Bachelor's level and with specific professional experience may also be admitted upon review of the application documents submitted.
Continuing education courses only last one or a few days and are generally open to all interested people. Participants receive a confirmation of participation.
Application with a degree from a university of applied sciences
The schools listed in the Swiss Education Research Network are considered as universities of applied sciences.
Application with a foreign university degree
The University of Zurich has an admissions office for students with foreign qualifications, but this office is not responsible for clarifying matters relating to continuing education. Therefore, the responsible person for the degree program has to review the application documents to decide whether a degree from a foreign university is accepted as a regular university degree (Master's, licentiate, diploma).
Countries of the Lisbon Convention
In principle, regular university degrees are valid in those countries that have signed the Lisbon Convention. However, further clarifications may be necessary also for degrees from these universities. For example, the university must be accredited in the country concerned and it must be possible to complete doctoral studies in the subject of the degree. Information on this can be obtained from the International Association of Universities (IAU), Euridyce (EACEA) or the ENIC-NARIC network. In any case, it is up to the person responsible for the degree program to demand further additional qualifications (e.g. professional experience, German course, etc.).
The following procedure is recommended for applicants with a university degree from a country that has not signed the Lisbon Convention:
- Obtain information about the university (IAU or University Directory Worldwide). Is this university accredited? Is it possible to do a doctorate?
- Obtain information about the education system in this country.
- If you have any questions regarding recognition, please contact the relevant faculties.
- In case of doubt, please contact the Admissions Office or the office of swissuniversities for questions on recognition.