Diploma Recognition

If you want to come to Switzerland to do some education or training or further education or even find a permanent job, you must first know exactly how well your educational qualifications are recognized in Switzerland. It is therefore worth clarifying beforehand exactly what is recognized and what additional work or examinations are necessary to undertake some education or training or further education or to find a job in Switzerland. There is no central office responsible for answering general questions relating to admissions and recognition questions. There are, however, various contact organisations who are responsible, according to educational background and profession.

Here are the most important locations for the recognition

Matura/High school Graduation or equivalent

The universities and federal institutes of technology are themselves responsible for the recognition of foreign school leaving qualifications in respect of admissions. They have autonomy in admissions decisions. General information about the recognition of foreign school leaving qualifications by the Swiss universities and federal institutes of technology is available on the website of swissuniversities.

In the field of secondary education’s level related to vocational education and training and tertiary education’s level for specific professions (Universities of Applied Sciences)

Foreign vocational education and training diplomas which are comparable or equivalent to: a basic certificate / an advanced federal certificate /a professional baccalaureate / higher vocational education and training diploma.

State Secretariat for Education
Research and Innovation SERI
Contact point for the recognition of foreign qualifications
Effingerstrasse 27
3003 Berm

+41 (0) 31 322 28 26

Healthcare professions without university qualifications

Swiss Red Cross (SRC)
Contact point for recognition of foreign qualifications
3084 Wabern

University Qualification as Doctors, dentists, veterinarians, pharmacists, chiropractors

Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH)
3003 Berne 7

Teaching professions

Teachers, special education teachers, speech therapists, psychomotor therapist

Swiss Conference of Cantonal Directors of Education (EDK)
General Secretariat, House of the Cantons
Speichergasse 6, Postfach 660
3000 Bern 7

University Degree

Swiss ENIC
Effingerstrasse 15, P.O.Box
3000 Bern 1
Alpenstrasse 26
3006 Bern

Swiss schools abroad
Phone +41 (0)31 356 61 20

Education in Switzerland
Phone +41 (0)31 356 61 04

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