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Recognition of Foreign Qualifications

Some foreign qualifications are recognised in Switzerland and their holders can join the profession immediately.  Others need "topping up" with further studies.

Professional qualifications from EU and AELE institutions

Switzerland and the EU have an agreement allowing people holding certain types of qualification to enter a profession.  Rules governing the recognition of professional qualifications are valid only for qualificatons that are officially recognised by the state where it was issued and which give direct access to a particular profession. 


Contact for professional qualifications issued in l’UE/AELE states:
State Secretariat of Education, Research and Innovation
Einsteinstrasse 2
3005 Bern
Tel. 058 462 21 29

School-leaving Certificates

Entry requirements for universities are set by the indiviudal institutions and you should contact the university directly to find out about its recognition and entry procedures. 

University Diplomas

The Rectors' Conference of Swiss Universities examines requests for recognition of foreign university titles.
Swiss ENIC
Effingerstrasse 15
3008 Bern
Tel. 31 335 07 32

Health Professionals

The Swiss Red Cross can advise on the recognition of non-medical health professionals' qualifications (care work, physiotherapy etc.)

Croix Rouge Suisse (SRS)
Section Formation professionnelle / Reconnaissance
Werkstrasse 18
3084 Wabern
Tel. 031 960 75 75

The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) will examine demands for recognition of foreign medical qualifications (doctors, dentists, veterinarians) from EU nationals.

Office fédérale de la Santé Publique OFSP
Sektion Medizinalprüfungen
3003 Bern
Tel. 031 322 61 00

Cantonal authorities for public health are in charge of recognition of foreign quaifications from non-EU countries.  

Education and Social work

For recognition of professional qualifications in education and special needs training, contact the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education.
Speichergasse 6
3000 Bern
Tel. 031 309 51 11

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