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company. This sound training ensures that 90% of apprentices obtain a Federal VET Diploma (eidgenössischen Fähigkeitszeugnis) on completion and have excellent job prospects. Two pathways give access to tertiary education: Some candidates study for a Federal Vocational Baccalaureate (Berufsmatura) while others enhance their professional training with a Federal PET Diploma (eidgenössische Berufsprüfung) or an Advanced Federal PET Diploma (eidgenössische höhere Fachprüfung). Both routes allow

direct enrolment at a Swiss University of Applied Sciences or, following an aptitude test, at a cantonal university or the Federal Institutes of Technology. academia International School’s Vocational Bridge Programme provides the ideal foundation for entering Swiss vocational training. The 2-year in-school programme combines internationallyrecognised qualifications (IGCSE) in core subjects with intensive German lessons, business skills training and support in finding a host company (a placement is guaranteed). IGCSE subjects,

studied in small classes, include Maths, German, French, Geography, Business Studies and Biology or Combined Science. To complement the academic path, students participate in a work observation programme during College holidays. ais continues to provide ongoing support to both students and parents (translation and assistance in understanding the academic system at each stage) and continued language training during the 2–4 year in-training phase.

If you would like further information about our programme, please contact Mrs. Sarah Taylor, academia International School Principal:

Hello Switzerland for Expatriates, Summer Edition 2012  

Hello Switzerland is written by expats for expats living in Switzerland. Designed mainly for English speakers, the magazine contains feature...