Special provisions governing the access of non-Swiss applicants to study medicine or dental medicine
Special provisions govern the access of non-Swiss applicants to the Bachelor’s in Medicine as well as the Master’s in Medicine and Master’s in Dental Medicine in addition to the general requirements (in accordance with the recommendations of the Higher Education Council on Admission of Foreign Nationals to Medical Studies in Switzerland of 27 February 2020).
I. Access to the Bachelor’s in Medicine and to the Master’s in Medicine and Master’s in Dental Medicine is available to:
a. citizens of the Principality of Liechtenstein;
b. foreign nationals who hold a Swiss or Principality of Liechtenstein settlement permit;
c. foreign nationals who are citizens of a Member State of the European Union, Iceland or Norway and who hold a Swiss residence permit for EU/EFTA citizens with the note “gainful employment”, provided that the applicant has spent at least one year working in Switzerland in a professional capacity closely related to the desired medical studies (Annex I, section 9 para. 3 of the EU-CH Bilateral Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons, AFMP, SR 0.142.112.681). The professional activities considered to be closely related to the study of medicine in Switzerland are listed in section 2 of the Federal Act on University Courses for Medical Professions (Medical Professions Act, MedPA, SR 811.11);
d. children from any nation whose parents are citizens of a Member State of the European Union, Iceland, Norway or the Principality of Liechtenstein provided that the applicant holds a Swiss residence permit issued to family members of an EU/EFTA citizen with the note “family reunification” (in accordance with the AFMP, Annex I, section 3 para. 6);
e. foreign nationals resident in Switzerland in accordance with sections 23 to 26 of the Swiss Civil Code (CC, SR 210) who satisfy one of the following criteria:
- They have held a Swiss residence permit with the note to indicate the main purpose of residency as “gainful employment” for an uninterrupted period of at least five years,
- They hold a nationally recognized Swiss or cantonal Maturität certificate (Ordinance of 15 February 1995 on the Recognition of Baccalaureates and EDK Regulation of 16 January 1995 on the Recognition of Baccalaureates),
- They hold one of the following qualifications:
- federal vocational baccalaureate (eidgenössisches Berufsmaturitätszeugnis)
- Liechtenstein vocational baccalaureate (Berufsmaturitätszeugnis) recognized by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI)
- specialized baccalaureate (Fachmaturitätszeugnis) recognized at national level in Switzerland,
combined with evidence of having passed the University Aptitude Test (UAT) (Ordinance of 2 February 2011 on the University Aptitude Test for Holders of Federal Vocational Baccalaureates or Nationally Recognised Specialised Baccalaureates for Admission to Swiss Tier-One Universities, SR 413.14),
- They are the spouse or registered same-sex partner of a Swiss citizen,
- They are the spouse or registered same-sex partner of a foreign national who holds a Swiss settlement permit,
- They are the spouse or registered same-sex partner of a foreign national who has held a Swiss residence permit with the note to indicate the main purpose of residency as ”gainful employment” and resided in Switzerland for an uninterrupted period of at least five years.
f. Foreign nationals who have resided in Switzerland for the past two years in accordance with sections 23 to 26 of the Swiss Civil Code (CC, SR 210) and satisfy one of the following criteria:
- One of both parents hold a Swiss settlement permit,
- One of both parents have resided in Switzerland and have held a Swiss residence permit with the note to indicate the main purpose of residency as “gainful employment” for an uninterrupted period of at least five years.;
g. Foreign nationals whose parents hold diplomatic status in Switzerland (type B, C or D blue legitimation card issued by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs);
h. Foreign nationals who are recognized as refugees in Switzerland.
II. The following conditions apply:
a. The reference date for determining eligibility is the date stipulated by swissuniversities as the closing date for submission of applications for medical studies.
b. The foreign nationals referred to in para. 1 let. a to h must submit the documents entitling them to apply for admission no later than the application closing date. The university entrance qualifications mentioned in para. I let. e no. 2 and 3 may be submitted later.