Application procedure

As soon as we have received your documents, you will get an acknowledgment by e-mail. We will send you a written decision by postal mail once the admission procedure will be completed. No information concerning the advancement of your dossier can be given by phone or by e-mail.

1a. Application

Please apply online and validate your application by the official deadline. Respect these deadlines even if you have not completed your studies or obtained your final qualifications. Do not wait until the last minute, the procedure can take several weeks.

1b. Payment of the application fee and of the late application fee

When you apply online you may pay CHF 150.- (application fee: CHF 100.- and late application fee: CHF 50.-) by credit card. You can also make your payment by interbank transfer using the account details printed on the invoice. If you choose this option you must include proof of payment with the other documents required to complete your application.

2. Expedition of the documents required for handling the application for admission

Officially certified copies and translations originating from outside Switzerland can only be accepted for admission purposes if they have been legalized by one of the following:

  • Swiss consulate or embassy in the country of origin of the applicant
  • Public offices in the country of origin of the applicant that are entitled to endorse documents under the Hague Apostille convention.

Democratic Republic of Congo and China : the authentication of documents is subject to particular requirements. Please contact the Office for Admissions and Registration before sending in your documents (

Original documents in a language other than French, German, Italian or English must be translated into German or French and these translations must be certified.

You find here the list of the documents that must be joined to your application for admission. At the end of the online application, this list will be personalized based on your personal information.

3. Handling of the application for admission and decision

When you have sent us all of the required documents, the Office for Admissions and Registration will handle your application for admission and send you a written decision which will stipulate the conditions which must be fulfilled for admission.

4. Application for a visa

If you are citizen of a country subject to hold a visa, you must make an application for a visa before entering Switzerland to the appropriate Swiss diplomatic or consular representation in your country of domicile.

5. Sitting the Complementary examination of Swiss universities or the Language test

If your admission is subject to passing the Complementary examination of Swiss universities or the Language test, you will need to come to Switzerland two weeks before the beginning of semester to sit the examination.

6. Presentation of the original version of your qualifications

In all cases, before the beginning of semester, you must present the original version of the qualifications required for admission, either by:

  • post;
  • personally presenting the documents during the opening hours of the Office for Admissions and Registration.

7. Final decision of admission

Once you have fulfilled all the conditions required for admission and presented the original version of your qualifications, you will receive a final written confirmation of admission.

8. Expedition of the invoice for the semester tuition fee

As of end of July (autumn semester) or end of December (spring semester), you will receive an invoice for the payment of the semester tuition fee which should be remitted within the deadline.

9. Access to university facilities / beginning of studies

Along with your bill you will receive information concerning your e-Account which you must activate.

Once you have paid the semester tuition fee (but at the very earliest one week after payment) you can:

• enrol for courses;
• receive a Campus Card;
• print your attestation of registration at MyUniFR.

10. Authorisation of your stay

As soon as you have arrived in Switzerland, you are obliged to declare your arrival and to submit an application for authorization to stay in Switzerland to the "Service de la population et des migrants" (SpoMi).

University of Fribourg   -   Office for Admissions and Registration  -   Rue de Rome 1   -   CH-1700 Fribourg
phone +41 26 300 7020    -   fax +41 26 / 300 9790   -    contact   -   Swiss University