University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland

With its six faculties and network of schools of higher education, the HES⁠-⁠SO plays a preeminent role in the socio-economic and cultural development of the seven cantons of Western Switzerland and is a recognised player within the Swiss and international landscape of higher education.

Top reasons to study here

  • The education is practically-oriented, preparing students for professional careers which require the application of knowledge and scientific methods.
  • The HES-SO also offers advanced professional courses enabling students to gain more in-depth knowledge and skills, or to acquire new ones.
  • The HES-SO works together with other academic and research institutions in Switzerland and abroad.



The HES⁠-⁠SO is recognised by the Confederation and member of swissuniversities.

With 21,000 students, the HES⁠-⁠SO is the largest UAS in Switzerland. Its  study programs and research activities are divided into six faculties: Arts & Design; Business, Management and Services; Engineering & Architecture; Music and Performing Arts; Health Sciences; and Social Work.


With a view to developing a knowledge-based society, scientific research plays a central role; governments devote significant funds to it that are awarded on a competitive basis.

At Swiss level, HES⁠-⁠SO researchers tend to approach the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI). At European level, funds are obtained through the European Union’s Framework Programmes that Switzerland is part of. These projects enable the integration into consortia of partners from many different countries.

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Student services

The HES⁠-⁠SO is a university of applied sciences and arts that is active in prestigious European and worldwide networks. It also relies on the networks of its schools to meet the new challenges in the development of education and research.

  • AUF - Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie
  • EAIE - European Association for International Education 
  • EUA - European University Association

Housing services

There are a limited number of private rooms in apartments available.

Student Life

Student clubs

There are several organisations involved in coordination and cooperation in higher education at the national and international levels.

Associations are important because they enable:

  • More direct participation in the life of applied universities or programmes
  • Staying in contact with former students
  • Building of networks

Student Reviews

Very good experience!
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Teachers are very helpful, campus is modern. Lecture combine digital and traditional teaching methods.

Delémont, Jura, Switzerland

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