Universities of applied sciences

Created in the second half of the 1990s, the eight public universities of applied sciences (UAS) cover 12 different fields. There are also additional private UAS which teach in the areas of economy and health. Three UAS also train teachers. These are the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) and the Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana (SUPSI).

The bachelor has gradually replaced the previous "diplôme". Since 2009, the bachelor degree is the main qualification awarded to students by the universities of applied sciences. Between 2010 and 2022, the number of bachelor degrees increased by 73%. Master degree courses offered at universities of applied sciences are also increasing over time. This level of study nonetheless remains less popular than the bachelor degree.

Graduates of universities of applied sciences by field of study and level of graduation, 2022
  Bachelor Master
Architecture, Construction and Planning  935  199
Engineering and IT 2 662  387
Chemistry and Life sciences  488  218
Agriculture and Forestry  140  0
Business, Management and Services 4 664 1 182
Design  664  355
Sport  30  24
Music, Theatre and Other Arts  900 1 410
Applied Linguistics  229  36
Social Work 1 630  115
Applied Psychology  301  115
Health 2 132  227
Total 14 775 4 268
Source: FSO - SHIS-studex

The universities of applied sciences awarded 14 775 bachelor degrees and 4268 master degrees in 2022. The areas of study with the highest number of bachelor degrees are economics and services (32% of all bachelor degrees in 2022) and technology and IT (18%). More than half of bachelor (52,3%) are awarded to women and around 16% to foreign students.
At master degree level, the share of qualifications awarded to students of foreign origin (40%) is far higher than that at bachelor degree level. The size of this share is mainly due to the number of master degrees awarded to foreign students in music, performing arts and other arts, which make up 33% of all master degrees at universities of applied sciences and of which 61% were awarded to foreign nationals educated abroad.

We highly recommend checking the results published in the tables available under the heading "tables" beforehand.

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