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Baccalaureate schools

Baccalaureate schools prepare students for further education at tertiary level, namely at a university. There are Baccalaureate schools in all cantons. The Confederation and the cantons jointly regulate the recognition of Baccalaureate schools.

The recognition of Baccalaureate schools is governed by the Federal Council's Ordinance on the Recognition of Baccalaureates (MAV) which entered into force in 1995 and the identical Regulation on the Recognition of Baccalaureates (MAR) issued by the Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK). The Baccalaureate has since been evaluated in two stages (EVAMAR, the evaluation of the baccalaureate reform). In the wake of the second evaluation (EVAMAR II), the Confederation and the cantons laid down basic mathematics and first language skills demonstrating general scholastic aptitude, in order to secure admission to university without any need for additional examinations in the long term.