Swiss students routinely rank among the best thanks to big investments in education and affordable universities that attract the brightest students. Learn more about how the system works, from kindergarten up, and how to study in Switzerland.

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Swiss education system - overview

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

Higher education admission

Being admitted as a foreigner into the Swiss higher education system requires high marks, language skills and, in some cases, work experience.

Scholarships and exchanges

The Swiss government offers scholarships to foreign students from a large number of countries, including the United States, Australia and India.

University exchange programmes

Swiss universities are very popular with foreign students, who make up 17% of the student body, almost three times the OECD average.

Apprenticeship system

Swiss 16-year-olds face an important choice at the end of their three compulsory years in lower secondary school.

Hotel management schools

Having catered for wealthy tourists since the 19th century, the Swiss hotel sector has developed a reputation for high-quality service and expertise.

State school system

Every child in Switzerland must go to school up around age 15, after which students are funnelled into apprenticeships or university tracks.

More on Swiss education

Schooling in Switzerland is a responsibility devolved to the cantons, meaning there are 26 different education systems in the country.

Trends in research

With its ten universities and two institutes of technology, Switzerland is at the forefront of research in many areas.

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