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Structure of studies

The courses offered at the University of Fribourg are offered in compliance with the Bologna process. The University issues diplomas which are recognised in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).

The education system is sub-divided into three cycles:

  • Bachelor: an initial course earning 180 ECTS credits, corresponding in principle to 3 years of full-time studies and leading to the title of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Medicine;
  • Master: an in-depth course earning between 90 and 120 ECTS credits, corresponding in principle to 1, 5 or 2 years of full-time studies and leading to the title of Master of Arts or Master of Science;
  • PhD: personal research work followed by a thesis. PhD candidates are admitted by application only, pursuant to the conditions of admission specific to each faculty. The duration of studies is variable.

Education system: Bachelor (3 years) ? Master (2 years) ? PhD/Doctorate (3 years and more) In compliance with the Bologna process, it is possible to study for a Bachelor’s degree in one university and a Master’s degree in another university.

Organisation of the academic year

The university academic year is divided into 2 semesters. Autumn semester lessons start in mid-September (week 38) and end at the end of December (week 51). Spring semester lessons start in mid-February (week 8) and end at the start of June (week 22), i.e. in principle 14 weeks of lessons for each semester.

Academic year

Structure of studies according to Faculty

Faculty of Theology
Bachelor

The Faculty of Theology offers two main types of study programmes: full major study programmes (180 ECTS credits) and major study programmes (120 ECTS credits). Students choose either a full major, or a major plus one or two secondary minors (60 ECTS credits or 30+30 ECTS credits) from a field of study other than that of the major.

The Faculty also offers minor study programmes (60/30 ECTS credits) to students from other faculties.

Master

The Faculty of Theology offers two main types of study programme: full major study programmes (120 ECTS credits) and major study programmes (90 ECTS credits). Students choose a full major or a major plus one minor (30 ECTS credits) from a field of study other than that of the major.

The Faculty also offers minor study programmes (30 ECTS credits) to students from other faculties.

Faculty of Law
Bachelor

The Faculty of Law offers a full major study programme (180 ECTS credits) leading to a Bachelor of Law.

Students from other faculties may also study law as a minor study programme (60/30 ECTS credits).

Master

Study programmes at the Faculty of Law earn 90 ECTS credits.

Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
Bachelor

The main study programmes at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences earn 180 ECTS credits, with the exception of the Communication and Media Research programme (120 ECTS credits). The latter must be supplemented with one or two minor study programmes (60 ECTS credits in total).

Students from other faculties may also study economics and social sciences as a minor study programmes (60/30 ECTS credits).

Master

The main study programmes offered at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences earn 90 ECTS credits.

The Faculty also offers minor study programmes (30 ECTS credits) to students from other faculties.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Bachelor

At the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, students choose a major study programme (120 ECTS credits) in a first field of study, and a minor study programme (60 ECTS credits) in another field.

There are three exceptions to this rule: the full major study programmes in Special Education and Social Pedagogy, Speech-Language Therapy  and Psychology (180 ECTS credits). 

The Faculty also offers secondary minor study programmes (60/30 ECTS credits) to students from other faculties.

Master

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities offers three types of study programme: major study programmes (90 ECTS credits, including the Master’s thesis), specialisation programmes (30 ECTS credits) and minor study programmes (30 ECTS credits). Candidates choose a major study programme then, if required as part of this programme, a specialisation programme (associated with the same field of study) or a minor (associated with another field of study). If a specialisation programme or a minor not required as part of the major, the choice of a specialisation programme or a minor is optional.

The Faculty also offers minor study programmes (30 ECTS credits) to students from other faculties.

Faculty of Science
Bachelor

The Faculty of Science offers major study programmes earning 150 or 120 ECTS credits. These study programmes must be completed along with a minor study programme (30 ECTS credits), or one or two minor study programmes (60 ECTS credits in total).

Exceptions to this rule are studies leading to a Bachelor of Medicine in Human Medicine (180 ECTS credits) and to a Bachelor of Medicine in Dental Medicine (120 ECTS credits; only the first two years at Fribourg).

The Faculty also offers minor study programmes (60/30 ECTS credits) to students from other faculties.

Master

The Faculty of Science offers full major study programmes earning 90 or 120 ECTS credits.

The Faculty also offers minor study programmes (30 ECTS credits) to students from other faculties.

Teacher Education for Secondary level

For this courses, please consult the following sources for the structure of studies: