Switzerland

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RECOMMENDATION:

Expect an average of 5, if on the 1 – 6 scale.

Expect an average of 8, if on the 1 – 10 scale.

Expect an average of 3 if on the 1 - 5 scale (5=highest).

Expect an average of 2 if on the 5 – 1 scale (1= highest).

GRADING SYSTEM:

1-6 scale

   

US equivalent

6

Excellent

 

5.5

Very Good

 

5

Good

 

4.5

Satisfactory

 

4

Sufficient

 

Below 4

Fail

 

1-10 scale

   

US equivalent

 

10

A+

 

9

A

 

8

B+

 

7

B

 

6

C+

 

5

C

 

4

D

     

1 – 5 scale with 5 as the highest grade.

5 – 1 scale with 1 as the highest grade.

(Check for a description of the grading scale on the document, or possibly may need to get in touch with institution)

A Diploma Supplement is available for students after they receive a degree.  The Diploma Supplement will usually show ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) grades, and grades in the particular country’s grading scale.

ECTS grades:

A

Top 10% of the cohort

B

Next 25%

C

Next 30%

D

Next 25%

E

Next 10%

ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer System) – US schools cut these back by half.

DEGREES:

IngenieurHTL,IngenieurETS/IngeghereSTS,  3 years.

ArchitecteETS/ArchikektHTL/ArchitettoSTS,  3 years.

ChemikerHTL/ChimisteETS/ChimisteSTS,  3 years.

Bachelor, 3 years.

Diplom FH/ Diplome HES/ Diploma SUP, 3-4 years – comparable to US bachelor’s.

Licence/Lizentiat/Licenza/Diplom, 3 ½ - 6 years  - comparable to US bachelor’s.

Diplomingenieur ETH/Diplome Ingenieur EPF, from Federal Institutes of Technology, 5 years – comparable to US master’s.

MA/MS, 1 ½ - 2 years  - comparable to US master’s.

Doktorat, 8-9 years postsecondary study.