Switzerland - first cycle programmes

The flag of Switzerland consists of a red flag with a white cross in the centre
Country: Switzerland
Population (mln): 8,01
Official language/s: German, French, Italian, Romansh
Time zone: UTC+1 Winter, UTC+2 Summer
Internet TLD: .ch
Calling code: +41
Unemployment rate Sep 2011 (%): 2,8
Unemployment rate under 25 years Sep 2011 (%): N/A
Unemployment rate Sep 2012 (%): 2,8
Unemployment rate under 25 years Sep 2012 (%): N/A
Population statistics 20-29 age group 2011 (%): 12,6
Country codes in education system: CH
Expected duration of education (years): 17,1

Universities: The first period of long-cycle study is essentially devoted to broadly-based studies. It takes 2 to 6 semesters and generally ends with intermediate examinations called Vordiplomprüfungen, Akzessprüfungen, Demi-licence or Propädeutika (medicine), depending on the subject and the university.

Universities of Applied Sciences: Undergraduate studies last from 6 to 8 semesters and culminate in the award of a Diploma. Leading to a Bachelor's degree, the first stage provides fundamental academic education and teaches methodical academic thinking. At the Universities of Applied Sciences, the Bachelor courses also focus on profession and practice. The Bachelor's degree is the pre-condition for going on to study for a Master degree. The Bachelor's degree also enables the graduate to enter a profession.

Source: Eurydice,
Eurypedia - The European Encyclopedia on National Education Systems , Eurosta, wikipedia.org, Agency for Science and Higher Education Croatia, Department of Education and Skills Irelan,  Ministry of Education and Culture - FINLAND
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