Admissions Requirements for the Bachelor’s degree programmes | HES⁠-⁠SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland

Admissions Requirements for the Bachelor’s degree programmes

In accordance with the provisions of the Federal Law on the Universities of Applied Sciences, the general admissions requirements are laid down in the regulations on admission to the Bachelor HES⁠-⁠SO degree.

The conditions vary, according to the departments and degree courses, as laid out in the directives. These are identical for all students in the same programme, regardless of the HES⁠-⁠SO school where the student is enrolled.



Admissions requirements

Professional baccalaureate (Maturité professionnelle)

Direct admission according to the type of baccalaureate or CFC; otherwise, admission with one year’s work experience in a field related to the HES programme.

General baccalaureate (Maturité


Admission with one year’s work experience in a field related to the HES programme.

L’année de pratique professionnelle s’accomplit sous différentes formes: modalités de formation. 

Specialised baccalaureate (Maturité spécialisée)




Direct admission depending on the specialisation’s relevance to the HES programme; otherwise, admission with one year’s work experience in a field related to the HES programme.

Professional college diploma (Diplôme Ecole Supérieur, ES)

Admission of graduates from professional colleges to the Bachelor programmes has been subject to recommendations by the Conference of Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences.

Foreign degrees

Same conditions, provided the degree is recognised as being equivalent to one of the above-mentioned Swiss degrees.

Further information on degrees equivalent to a general baccalaureate.

Other degrees not mentioned above

Individuals 25 years of age or older who do not meet the criteria listed in the admissions regulations, but who – through professional experience – have the necessary professional and personal skills required for the degree may be admitted on the strength of their admissions file (portfolio).

Warning: This overview does not take into account specific and additional requirements such as aptitude tests or entrance exams. Only those provisions laid out in the relevant directives shall apply.

Regulation of student numbers

In consideration of the number of available training places, the HES⁠-⁠SO limits student numbers in certain programmes, as outlined in the directives; this applies to all applicants in the study streams concerned, irrespective of the route through which they apply to the programme.

Admission for holders of foreign degrees

For foreign degrees, the basic requirement for admission to Bachelor-level studies at a University of Applied Sciences (HES) is to hold a degree that is equivalent to a Swiss baccalaureate (maturité) as well as to demonstrate at least one year’s professional experience in a field relevant to the programme, or else to have successfully passed a preparatory year.
For general baccalaureate diplomas that are equivalent to a Swiss general baccalaureate (Maturité académique/gymnasiale), applicants can refer to this document. For students who have completed all or part of a cycle in a French university that is a signatory to the agreement, the rules of the Franco-Swiss Framework Agreement on the recognition of diplomas applies.

Recognition of education between Universities/Universities of Applied Sciences

In Western Switzerland, there is a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the mutual recognition of studies and degrees, and on the framework regulation concerning the transfer of students or graduates between universities. This MOU relates to all universities in Western Switzerland, namely the universities of Fribourg, Geneva, Lausanne, Neuchâtel, the EPFL, and the HES⁠-⁠SO.

Further information:

HES⁠-⁠SO Rectorate
Route de Moutier 14
2800 - Delémont
T +41 58 900 00 00 - F +41 58 900 00 01
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