Criteria for studying at the University of Applied Sciences

Criteria for studying at the University of Applied Sciences

Criteria for studying at the University of Applied Sciences vary. Conditions for admission are determined by previous education and field of study.


The basic criteria for entry to a Bachelor course are as follows:

Vocational baccalaureate diploma

You have learned the fundamentals of a trade or profession related to the study specialisation and have a federally recognised vocational baccalaureate diploma.

Specialist ‘matura’

You have completed a specialised matura in a professional field appropriate to the area of specialisation. A specialised matura, combined with sufficient practical skills as required, generally permits direct access to the fields of health, social work, agricultural, forestry and food sciences and some of the arts courses. In the case of all other degree courses please contact the programme coordinator directly.

University entrance diploma

As a holder of a federally recognised university entrance diploma you can be admitted to a Bachelor course at the University of Applied Sciences if you have one year’s experience in an area of work related to the study specialisation (Exception: Only a two-month traineeship prior to study is required for the Health Division.). Individual degree programmes at Bern University of the Arts do not require work experience as an admission condition. 

Equivalent previous education

Your previous education or experience is recognised as equivalent to the ‘matura’ or you have passed an entrance examination corresponding to the vocational baccalaureate diploma.

Higher vocational training

As someone who has completed non-university educational courses at tertiary level, you can be admitted to a Bachelor course in line with your proven knowledge and the acceptance criteria for the course.

Previous education abroad

If you are an applicant with foreign qualifications, you are required to submit a number of documents and to have sufficient knowledge of languages. You are advised to find out from the study specialisation office what the procedure is and which documents need to be submitted.


Bern University of Applied Sciences offers consecutive Master degree programmes that build on the Bachelor studies.  

The consecutive Master studies are aimed at Bachelor graduates with above-average grades.  The criterion for admission to Master level is a Bachelor degree or equivalent higher education qualification.

Each Master degree programme has its own procedure, aptitude assessment and criteria for admission.

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Details on admissions

Please visit the website of the relevant degree programme for information on specific admission requirements, or contact the degree programme head office:


Bachelor degree programmes

Master's degree programmes