European Higher Education Area
In accordance with Swiss regulations, the University of Applied Sciences HES-SO offers Bachelor’s degrees at 180 ECTS and Master’s degrees at 90 and 120 ECTS.
These degrees, capping the first and second cycles of higher education, fall within the national qualifications framework.
The HES-SO grants credits according to the ECTS Users’ Guide and follows Swiss standards regarding the volume of work for an ECTS (25-30 hours). One year of full-time study is equivalent to 60 ECTS or 1,500 to 1,800 hours’ work.
All HES-SO education programmes are subject to an accreditation process according to the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ENQA). The Swiss Confederation gives the accreditation. In that regard, degrees from the University of Applied Sciences are protected by Swiss Federal Law.