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Swiss education system





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Switzerland has numerous universities, technology institutes and other learning centres that put the country's education system among the world's best.

Education is generally inexpensive for Swiss students compared with those in the United States and Britain as the system relies almost entirely on public funding.

There are 12 public universities including two Federal Institutes of Technology, which count themselves among world leaders in science and engineering. Seven public universities of applied sciences as well as 16 universities of teacher education round out the country’s public education system.

The Ranking Forum of Swiss Universities lists how various Swiss universities fare across several ranking reports, including the Times World University Rankings and Shanghai Jiao Tong.

Undergraduate classes are generally taught in the local language (French, German or Italian) whereas English is becoming more common in graduate programmes.

Switzerland also has some of the best, and most expensive, private schools in the world, ranging from kindergarten up to university age. The Swiss Federation of Private Schools has more information on the 240 schools in the system.

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