IB Diploma or Swiss Matura?

Which qualification is right for me? OBS offers two qualifications- the Federal Swiss Matura and the International Baccalaureate, both guaranteeing an excellent, well rounded education.

What are the differences? What criteria should be considered?


Obersee Bilingual School enables its students to obtain two internationally recognised qualifications: the Swiss Matura (the Federal Matura) and the International Baccalaureate (IB). These qualifications are excellent preparation for successful university studies.

The IB and the Swiss Federal Matura are challenging educational programmes that provide students with an excellent education and prepare them for a successful academic future. Although they have some similarities, the differences can be crucial when choosing the right higher education qualification and university.


We have, therefore, summarised the key facts about the Federal Matura and the IB. Our factsheet also highlights the mail differences and the specialisations available for both qualifications at the OBS.

The decision between IB and Matura depends on individual interests, strengths and goals. It is essential that students and parents carefully consider which option best suits their academic and personal goals and what prerequisites the desired universities require.

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International Baccalaureate (IB)

  • The IB is one of the most prestigious educational programmes in the world, recognised in over 150 countries. It offers a comprehensive, academic, interdisciplinary education promoting critical thinking and practical application.
  • The IB comprises six subjects: a foreign language, a science, mathematics, humanities or social sciences, and the arts. Of these, three are taught at higher level (HL) and three at standard level (SL). HL courses are more challenging and comprehensive, enabling students to develop a deep understanding of the topics covered.
  • In addition, there is the IB “core”, which consists of Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS), Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and a final project (Extended Essay). The IB curriculum and examinations are standardised worldwide.
  • Because it is recognised worldwide, the IB Diploma facilitates access to universities in Switzerland and abroad providing certain criteria are met.
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Eidgenössische (Federal) Matura

  • The Federal Matura is a nationally recognised certificate in Switzerland awarded according to a standardised curriculum and examination procedure. It is obtained after completing four years of schooling at the upper secondary (Gymnasium) level (grades 9-12) and entitles the holder to admission to Swiss universities and colleges.
  • The Matura consists of core subjects such as mathematics, languages, humanities, and natural sciences, as well as additional elective subjects depending on interest and inclination. Students are examined in twelve subjects, including ten core subjects, one specialisation subject and one supplementary subject. A final paper (Matura thesis) is also required.
  • In contrast, the Hausmatura, offered at most secondary schools is a self-organised examination procedure without standardised state requirements. The recognition of Hausmatura results varies depending on the university and country.