Switzerland Education System

Switzerland is internationally recognised as a center of excellence for education, its attraction for studying and research is well-established. All Swiss universities offer their courses in accordance with the Bologna system: undergraduate studies culminate in a Bachelor’s degree, which can be further advanced with a Master’s degree, in compliance with international agreements. A total of 135,000 students attend Switzerland’s world-class Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. programs, which are based on cutting-edge research and cover a variety of areas.

Domestic policy places a high value on higher education. Swiss universities are generously funded public institutions. In Switzerland the 26 cantons are responsible for compulsory education. Most children receive their compulsory education at their local state-run school. Afterwards, 90% of young people continue their education for a period of two, three or four years. Once they have obtained their post-compulsory qualifications, they either enter professional working life, embark on a higher vocational education course or enrol at university. Vocational training is an integral part of the Swiss education system. It begins at the upper-secondary level, with pupils having the option of continuing through to tertiary level. It is characterised by a high degree of permeability: pupils may pursue more advanced education and training opportunities and later change the course of their working lives with relative ease.


The Swiss education system comprises the following educational levels:

  • primary level (including Kindergarten or first learning cycle)
  • lower-secondary education
  • upper-secondary education: vocational education and training (VET) and general education schools (Baccalaureate schools and upper-secondary specialised schools)
  • tertiary level education: tertiary level B professional education and training (PET) outside tertiary level A institutions (Federal PET Diploma Examinations, Advanced Federal PET Diploma Examinations and PET colleges) and tertiary level A institutions (universities, universities of applied sciences and universities of teacher education)
  • continuing education and training (CET)

Higher education in Switzerland comprises academic studies at the 10 cantonal Universities and 2 Federal Institute of Technology, at the more professionally-oriented Universities of Applied Sciences and at the Universities of teacher education. A few more University level institutions are considered public institutions of higher education.


10 cantonal Universities and 2 Federal Institute of Technology:

  • University of Basel (UNIBAS)
  • University of Bern (UNIBE)
  • University of Fribourg (UNIFR)
  • University of Geneva (UNIGE)
  • Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL)
  • University of Lausanne (UNIL)
  • University of Lucerne
  • University of Neuchatel (UniNE)
  • Universita della Svizzera italiana (USI)
  • University of St Gallen (HSG)
  • ETH Zurich
  • University of Zurich (UZH)

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In case you’re confused about your studies in Switzerland, we can help you solve the problem. Once we meet you, and your parents or spouse, we ask you questions to get a clearer idea of your preferences, restrictions, and goals. This will allow us to make a range of suggestions with regard to locations and universities. With more discussions we’ll help you pick between them and narrow it down to the right selection of safe, moderate and ambitions options. We will make your process of studying in Switzerland hassle-free.

We are experts at what we do. Since 2002 we have helped 1000s of students (personally). As one of the leading overseas education consultants in Mumbai, the collective experience of our team of experts go beyond a 100 years. Many of us have studied abroad and know exactly what your requirements will be, what kind of universities should be best suited for your future, what you need to do to get there.

We are extremely personal. Students ask us 1000s of questions and we enjoy replying to these. You will have one dedicated team member who you will be able to contact throughout the service. We don’t count the number of hours spent on you. We don’t shed away responsibilities. We work on your side and have just one thing in mind—to get you your best in your career.

We enjoy when you get scholarships or you save money. Over 70% of our applicants will earn some form of scholarship / financial aid / bursary.

We keep in touch with Universities. We keep in touch with our past students. We know exactly what a University will require or we can identify it very (very) easily. We help you build your profile, craft a great resume, and statement of purpose (SOP)/essays and bring out the best in you while presenting you to a University. Chances of your admissions evidently rise because we are around.

We help you right from start to end in the process ie. from selecting the right course and university list, documentation preparation, filling out and checking of forms, applying to universities, to securing admission offers, helping you finalize the best choice of university, visa guidance (including documentation, mock interview rounds, application), accommodation booking and much more. Hey! IELTS coaching is also available at our centre. We are brilliant with our essay editing services (remember – you will have to end up writing 18 to 24 essays when you apply to 8 to 10 Universities). We are simply there for everything! #enoughsaid

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