Attestation of Equivalence

Resolution of the Swiss University Conference (SUC)

On 1 December 2005, the Swiss University Conference resolved that the former degrees of “Licentiate” and “Diploma” are equivalent to the Master's degree.

The addendum to the Bologna Directives is framed as follows:

  1. The degrees of Licentiate and Diploma are equivalent to a Master's degree. Upon request, the university that issued the Licentiate or Diploma will provide an attestation of equivalence.
  2. Holders of a Licentiate or Diploma are entitled to use the title of a Master's degree instead of the former title.

UZH only issues attestations of equivalence for Licentiates and Diplomas that were earned at the University of Zurich. The attestation is available in German and English; the cost is CHF 50.00 per language.

The new title may be used independent of a written attestation, but only as an alternative.

How to Obtain an Attestation of Equivalence

To obtain an attestation, send the completed request form (PDF form [at the right] can be filled in electronically in Acrobat Reader) together with a copy of your Licentiate/Diploma and a copy of your passport or ID (both sides) to the following address:

University of Zurich
Student Services
Diplombüro/Degree Office
Rämistrasse 71
CH-8006 Zurich

Or send an e-mail with the subject line Attestation of Equivalence to:
diplombuero@ad.uzh.ch

You will receive the attestation at the latest four weeks after the Office receives your request. The invoice will be sent to you by separate mail.