Admission to our Bachelor's programmes

General requirements

To apply for a Bachelor's at HES-SO, you must have a recognised school-leaving certificate or higher education degree, along with at least one year of professional experience.

See the regulations listed below for other requirements you may need to fulfil – including additional qualifications you may need – in order to gain admission to specific fields of study.

The general admission requirements for Bachelor's courses at HES-SO are set out in the HES-SO Bachelor's admissions regulations (in French only).

The regulations governing basic university training (in French only) describe the studies you are required to complete to obtain a Bachelor's degree.

Unless the field-specific regulations state otherwise, the following qualifications provide admission to all HES-SO Bachelor's courses:

  • A Swiss vocational training diploma (maturité professionnelle), along with either a Swiss federal diploma (CFC) or a year of professional experience in the relevant field.
  • A Swiss specialised school-leaving diploma (maturité spécialisée) in the relevant field, or the same diploma in another field along with a year of professional experience in the relevant field.
  • A Swiss high school diploma (maturité gymnasiale), with a year of professional experience in the relevant field. It is also possible to complete a foundation course if you do not have the required professional experience. The various options are listed in the brochure on the HES-SO Bachelor's admission requirements for students with a Swiss high school diploma (in French only).
  • A diploma in the relevant field from a technical college, or the same diploma in another field along with a year of professional experience in the relevant field.
  • A federal diploma in the relevant field, with a passing grade on a general-knowledge exam usually required as well.
  • A federal diploma in the relevant field, or the same diploma in another field along with a year of professional experience in the relevant field.
  • A Bachelor's degree awarded by a recognised Swiss higher education institution – i.e., a university, a federal institute of technology (EPFL or ETH Zurich), a university of applied science (HES) or a university of teacher education (HEP) – along with a year of professional experience in the relevant field.

Applicants over the age of 25 who do not have a recognised Swiss school-leaving certificate may be admitted through a specific application-based procedure.

Recognition of university credits

Any applicant who has obtained at least 60 credits from a university in the network of French-speaking Swiss universities (CUSO) within the past two years can be admitted to HES-SO provided that:

  • they did not permanently fail the university course in question; and
  • the course was in a similar area of study, based on the CUSO-HES-SO agreement (2007) and its addendum (2012).

Admission for holders of non-Swiss qualifications

If you do not have a Swiss qualification, to be admitted to a HES-SO Bachelor's course, you must hold a qualification equivalent to the Swiss school-leaving certificate (maturité) and be able to provide proof that you have either obtained at least one year of professional experience in the relevant field or completed a foundation year.

If you have the equivalent of a Swiss high school diploma (maturité gymnasiale), please refer to the decision of the HES-SO Rector's Office (in French only) for more information. If you have completed all or part of a degree programme at one of our partner technical colleges in France, the provisions of the French-Swiss framework agreement on degree recognition apply.

Competitive admissions

For certain HES-SO courses, only a limited number of places are available and admissions are therefore competitive. This competitive process applies to all applicants to the fields concerned, regardless of their qualifications.