Degrees at the Swiss Distance University Institute are set up as part-time, so they do take longer than a classic degree at a traditional university. However, the programmes still take around 25-30 hours per week. This is a significant amount of work, which should not be underestimated. As we know that our students generally have several responsibilities, we try and support them as best we can and try to always take their needs into account.
You Decide the Speed
Our degrees begin in each autumn and spring semester. A Bachelor’s degree generally takes nine semesters, with an average of two modules per semester. The duration of your studies can be adapted to suit your individual work or family responsibilities.
We are flexible when it comes to taking a break for one or two semesters.
Generally, each module is completed by taking a written examination. However, alternative forms of evaluation are used in some cases. Examinations always take place on a Saturday at the end of a semester. The prerequisites for these examinations are the regular, active participation in online lessons and the attendance of events.
Distance Learning from Abroad
When studying a distance course, you have flexibility with regards to your home. However, you must take into account that you have to attend obligatory events in Switzerland, and that exams are also held in Switzerland. You can find out more in the relevant degree curriculum.
We will not check your residence status during the admissions process. As distance learning means that you only have to be present once per month during the semester on average, you do not have to be a Swiss resident. To travel to Switzerland, you need a valid travel document and you may need a visa, depending on your nationality. Your nationality is not relevant for our admissions process, as long as you fulfil all formal admissions criteria.