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Foreign Qualification Recognition in Switzerland

My wife is a Russian. She obtained her Master of Science in 2006 year at Saint Petersburg State University.

I wonder if she have to make an official recognition of her Russian diploma in Switzerland. And how much it costs and how much time takes this recognition.

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Have a nice day.

She is a biologist.
If somebody was asking about this at this forum and received a clear answer - I am sorry that I repeat this question.

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Re: Foreign legal qualifications - Recognition in Switzerland

Yes, I think she would need recognition, but I don't know who would do that here for her, i.e. which organisation. It may depend on where she's going to be looking for work. If it's the big international companies maybe not.
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Re: Foreign legal qualifications - Recognition in Switzerland

Hello. Thank you for your replay.
To tell the truth - she is an embryologist (she can work for example in laboratories and clinics).
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Re: Foriegn Qualification Recognition in Switzerland

She can start the process with 'crus'. Crus is the Swiss council of universities, and is specifically the department that handles foreign university qualifications. You will need a translated copy of her documents, but it can be German, Italian, French or English.

It is not expensive.
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Re: Foriegn Qualification Recognition in Switzerland

Website is www.crus.ch
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Re: Foreign Qualification Recognition in Switzerland

Just found this:

Agencies Responsible for the Recognition of Foreign Qualifications Link:

http://www.sbfi.admin.ch/diploma/017...x.html?lang=en
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Re: Foriegn Qualification Recognition in Switzerland

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Re: Foreign Qualification Recognition in Switzerland

Never heard of this idea of recognition. As far as I'm aware degrees are accepted from anywhere reputable, and presumably able to be verified with the provider if necessary, although in practice I don't think they very often are.

Is there something particular about this institution that means it wouldn't be accepted at face value?
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Never heard of this idea of recognition. As far as I'm aware degrees are accepted from anywhere reputable, and presumably able to be verified with the provider if necessary, although in practice I don't think they very often are.

Is there something particular about this institution that means it wouldn't be accepted at face value?
Sorry, Ace1, but not all degrees are recognised. EU ones yes, but not always those from other countries. Otherwise this organisation wouldn't be necessary.

04) Holders of university degrees (ISCED 5A)

You have a university degree and would like to work in a non-regulated occupation or profession in Switzerland?

Contact:
swissuniversities
Swiss ENIC
Effingerstrasse 15, Case postale
CH-3000 Berne 1
T +41 31 335 07 43 / 45
www.enic.ch

In the same way, not all Bachelor degrees are accepted here to do a Masters course. Sometimes you would need to do the Swiss Bachelors first despite already having a degree from another uni.
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Re: Foreign Qualification Recognition in Switzerland

if you have diploma supplements or transcripts of records along with the diploma, and the university still exists there are usually no problems.
St petersburg is the second university of russia, in the academic field you wouldn't need any recognition, if you want to work in clinics an official recognition probably helps, a clinic may not want to take the risk to let someone they can't completely verify work on human embryos to be implanted.
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Re: Foreign Qualification Recognition in Switzerland

I'm thinking of asking ENIC/SBFI.ADMIN.CH if they will recognise my modern languages degree (BA Hons) from a 200 year old UK University. Really do not want to waste time and money on sitting a B1 test at a local Zurich language school.

The Zurich Migrations Amt did not want to accept my degree transcript as prooof that I had a German level equivalent or superior to B1.

Just wonder if ENIC will look at it as I grduated prior to the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bologna_Process and the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisbon...ion_Convention
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Re: Foreign Qualification Recognition in Switzerland

Did your modern languages degree include German? Anything else would probably not be accepted as proof.
Why not have it translated by an official translator? Wouldn´t that work?
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Re: Foreign Qualification Recognition in Switzerland

yeah but a bachelor is not in the
Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

and that kind of stuff.
Also you did that bachelor years ago, they want to know if you know the language today. (language certificates more than a few years old may not even be accepted)

I agree it's not nice because they are expensive, but for some things there's no other way.
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Re: Foreign Qualification Recognition in Switzerland

Recogntion: unless it is a legal requirement (eg. in case of a regulated occupation in Switzerland, like med. doctors, attorneys, civil engineers, etc.) and as long as nobody asks for a recognition of a foreign diploma, you don't need to have your foreign diploma recognised here.

1. If you want to work in a non-regulated occupation: it's the employer/company to decide how to value the foreign degree. A recognition is not necessary but can help to find a job (Master in country X doesn't allways correspond to Master in country Z in the same field).

2. If you want to work in a regulated occupation: a recognition is compulsory.

3. If you want to study at a higher level (eg. Master/PhD): it is the University who will decide if your foreign diploma is equivalent to the required swiss diploma that gives admission to the higher degree (eg. if a foreign Bachelor is equivalent to the Bachelor that gives acces to a Master study programme of that University). Here a recognition is not necessary unless the University requires it to determine the equivalence.

www.sbfi.admin.ch

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