Programme Duration & ECTS


Switzerland – like all other European countries – uses the “European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System” (ECTS). It is designed to award credit points according to the achievement of learning outcomes. Put in simple terms: to get a degree, you have to get all the mandatory credit points!


The ECTS credit point system allows students to have their achievements easily recognized in other countries; it also assures a certain degree of comparability between diplomas at European level.

One ECTS credit point equals on average between 25 and 30 hours (workload). 60 credits are assigned to one year of full-time study:

  • Bachelor: 180 credits are assigned for a bachelor degree. This therefore takes three years of full-time study.
  • Master: a master’s degree is worth 90 or 120 credits and takes 1.5–2 years of full-time study.

Universities can also provide possibilities for part-time studies.


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