Dedicated to cross-cultural education with a global perspective, the European College for Liberal Studies (ECLS) is an independent private higher education institution with campuses in Europe and Asia. ECLS offers flexible liberal and global studies at the Undergraduate/Bachelor/BA, Graduate/Master/MA and Postgraduate/Doctor/PhD level.
The Undergraduate, Graduate or Postgraduate certificates and degrees, including the degrees of Associate, Bachelor, Master and Doctor, awarded by the school upon successful completion of a study program are professional and international private certificates and degrees awarded by the school's headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, based on the recommendation of the faculty of the local campuses where credits were earned.
Our career-oriented study programs are based on and are fully compatible with the established European and American educational systems. The European guidelines for higher education are outlined in the Bologna agreements. Compatibility is evaluated through an accreditation process via the Association for Transnational Higher Education Accreditation (ATHEA). For more information, refer to the accreditation overview.
Our study programs do not strictly follow local educational models, and the local campuses of the school are therefore not accredited by the relevant local Ministry of Education. Our study programs are considered as non-regulated higher education under a constitutional freedom to organize education, and the private certificates and degrees awarded by the school may therefore not provide access to government employment, regulated professions, or further studies at other or public institutions.
Admission requirements for study programs are set by each institution independently. Although many of our students have continued their education at other institutions around the world, it should be noted that many public institutions may not consider students with qualifications from private institutions such as ours, and that many institutions with academically oriented study programs may not consider students who graduated from professionally oriented study programs, such as ours. It is therefore important to select an institution and study program for further education based on its compatibility with your current or former institution and study program. Our first recommendation is to consider study programs organized by our growing list of [Academic Partners]. Our second recommendation is to consider the (accredited) member institutions of the accreditation organizations whose standards we follow in order to maximize compatibility. An overview of the various members of the accreditation organizations is available on the website of ATHEA.
Furthermore, the “European Recognition Manual for Higher Education Institutions” that provides information about “practical guidelines for credential evaluators and admissions officers to provide fair and flexible recognition of foreign degrees and studies abroad”, as developed by NUFFIC under the European Area of Recognition project, recognizes that certain qualifications awarded by institutions that are not specifically following a national higher education system may still be offering legitimate study programs and qualifications. The evaluation flowchart in the manual prescribes that the responsible admissions officer should conduct research into the legitimacy of the institution and the qualification through, among others, information obtained from the applicant and from third-party quality assurance organizations. Upon confirming the legitimacy, recognition of the qualification should be considered for admission. More information about the European Area of Recognition project and its manual is available at http://www.eurorecognition.eu.