Admission to Master studies with a Swiss Bachelor's degree

  • Conditions of admission

    Diplomas allowing an admission to Master studies:

    Bachelor (180 ECTS) delivered by a recognised or accredited University

    Bachelor (180 ECTS) delivered by a recognised or accredited University of Applied Sciences

    Bachelor (180 ECTS) delivered by a recognised or accredited University of teacher education

     Faculties may require additional studies, which will have to be completed before the beginning of the Master studies or be carried out simultaneously with the Master studies.

    list of the recognised or accredited Swiss universities can be found on the swissuniversities website.

  • Degree programmes submitted to specific conditions

    Master of Medicine

    • Online application from 1 November to 15 February
    • The allocation of student places is defined in a "Ordonnance" 
    • If you are of foreign nationality, you must meet the eligibility criteria mentioned in the "Ordonnance" in order to register for medicine studies

    Master of Arts in Special Education: Special educational needs teaching

    • Online application deadline: 30 April, no late applications for admission
    • Additional conditions

    Further information

    Specialized Master of Science in Experimental Biomedical Research

    We strongly recommend that you submit your application before 30 June if you wish to begin your studies in the autumn semester. Once passed the given deadlines, we cannot guarantee that your application will be processed in time.

    In addition, we cannot carry over applications to a subsequent semester, nor reimburse any fee.

    Degree programmes beginning only in the autumn semester

    Some degree programmes can only begin in the autumn semester. For further information, see:

    Course offerings

  • Application periods

    Autumn semester

    • Application period:
      1 February - 30 April
    • Late application period (specific conditions):
      1 Mai - 31 August

    Spring semester

    • Application period:
      1 September - 30 November
    • Late application period (specific conditions):
      1 December - 31 January

     Please note that the opening date for online application may be slightly carried forward from year to year (1 February/1 May/1 September/1 December).

  • Application fees

    Swiss Bachelor’s degree 

    Candidates holding a diploma from Switzerland which enables studies at the UniFR (e.g. Swiss Bachelor’s degree)

    • Application fee: CHF 50.-
    • Administrative fee for late applications (1 May – 31 August and 1 December – 31 January): + CHF 50.-

    Foreign Bachelor’s degree 

    Candidates holding a foreign diploma which enables studies at the UniFR (e.g. foreign Bachelor’s degree)

    • Application fee: CHF 100.-
    • Administrative fee for late applications (1 May – 31 August and 1 December – 31 January): + CHF 50.-

     The application fee cannot be reimbursed nor carried over to another semester, even in the case of an inaccurate, withdrawn or refused application for admission.

     All banking and exchange fee costs must be borne by the customer.

    Information on the semester fees

  • Semesters and lecture periods
    Academic year 2018 – 2019:

    Autumn semester 2018

    • Official dates:

      1 August 2018 – 31 January 2019

    • Lecture period:
      17 September 2018 – 21 December 2018

    Spring semester 2019

    • Official dates:
      1 February 2019 – 31 July 2019

    • Lecture period:
      18 February 2019 – 29 May 2019

    Academic calendar

  • Application procedure

     Online applications through Inscruni are aimed exclusively at people who are not currently registered at the UniFR. If you are currently registered at the UniFR and have an active MyUnifr account, you must on no account apply through Inscruni. Any request from a student registered at the UniFR (e.g. change of degree programme, early start to master studies ("master anticipé"), master studies following a bachelor’s degree, etc.) must be submitted on the MyUnifr portal.

    1. Courses on offer

    Details of courses on offer can be found here. Should you have any questions, please contact the Studies Information Office (studies@unifr.ch), as the Office for Admissions and Registration cannot provide course information or advise you on your choice of course.

    2. Online application deadlines

    Once you have made your choice of studies, please apply online within the deadlines mentioned in the section "Application periods".

     No exception can be made regarding a change of deadline.

    3. Online application 

    Online application on Inscruni

    The validation of the online application for admission must be done within the deadlines given in the section "Application periods".

     You can apply online even if you have not yet finished your studies or obtained your school-leaving certificate.

     We recommend applying as early as possible as the processing of an application for admission takes several weeks.

    4. Payment of the application fee

    The application fee can be payed directly by credit card or with an invoice that can be downloaded after validating the online application.

    Only applications for which the application fee has been paid will be processed.

     The application fee cannot be reimbursed nor carried over to another semester, even in the case of an inaccurate, withdrawn or refused application for admission.

     All banking and exchange fee costs must be borne by the customer.

    5. Sending documents to the Office for Admissions and Registration

    Once the online application validated, a personalised list of the documents to be submitted will be available on your Inscruni account. All the documents listed are essential to the processing of your application for admission and must be sent within the given deadline. Only applications that have been completed in full will be processed.
    Exception: If you are currently in the final year of bachelor studies, please provide all the documents you already have. The missing documents can be sent in a second stage.

    Indicative list of documents to be sent together with your application for admission

    6. Processing of the application for admission and decision

    Once we have received the required documents, your application will be processed in two stages:

    • Formal analysis of the application by the Office for Admissions and Registration, who decide whether you are eligible for Master studies
    • Analysis of your studies by the faculty, who determine whether you are qualified for the chosen study programme

     The faculty’s analysis can last several weeks; please note that applications for the Faculty of Science and Medicine are managed by the Commission for Requests, who meet on fixed dates.

    • Once the formal and study linked analyses completed, a written decision will be sent to you by post.

     No information regarding the status of your application for admission will be given by e-mail or by phone.

    7. Providing the original document

    • You already have your Bachelor's degree, as you obtained it prior to your UniFR application: please submit the original of your diploma, as well as the deregistration certificate from the last university you attended.
    • You do not have your Bachelor's degree yet. You will receive it after your application at UniFR: please submit the original certificate of achievement of your Bachelor's degree, with an original seal and / or an original signature, as well as the deregistration certificate from the last university attended.

     A document printed out from the Internet cannot be accepted.

     The Bachelor’s degree must be approved without any reservation or condition.

    The documents mentioned above must be presented within the following deadlines:

    • 31 August for the autumn semester
    • 31 January for the spring semester

    To do so, there are two possibilities:

    • Send your diploma by post
    • Personally hand in your diploma during the opening hours of the Office for Admissions and Registration

    Exception: students who hold a Bachelor’s degree of the UniFR are not required to present the original document.

    8. Final decision of admission

    Once you have met all the admission requirements and provided the original of your Bachelor's degree (if not possible, your original certificate of achievement) as well as a deregistration certificate, the final decision will be sent to you by post. 

    9. After the admission

    • An invoice for the payment of the semester fee will be sent.
    • Payment of the invoice within the given deadlines
    • Activation of your e-account
    • Your Campus Card will be sent.
    • Registration for courses directly with faculties

    Change of degree programme

    • Once the application has been validated, the administrative procedure has begun and it will no longer be possible to change the chosen degree programme(s). In the event of an incorrect application for admission, an additional online application can be submitted, provided that the new application fee is paid. This new application for admission will be processed separately to the first application.

     If you wish to submit an additional application for admission, you must create a new Inscruni  account, using another e-mail address.

    • A request for a change of degree programme can be submitted on the MyUnifr portal once the admission for the degree programme initially chosen has been completed. Such requests will then be handled by the faculties.

  Online registration  

 Students who are already enrolled at the UniFR must use the MyUnifr portal.