Education system in Switzerland

Switzerland has attracted students from all over the world. In 2013 and 2014, more than 229,000 students graduated from Swiss universities and about a quarter of these were international students. Now about a third of undergraduate and around half of the post-graduate students in Swiss universities are from abroad.

Bachelor programs are usually taught in the national language of the region (German, French or Italian and some bilingual courses). Some universities offer English-language programs, for example, at ETH Zurich, some degree courses are taught in German for the first year and then in English in the second and third years. Master’s programs are being increasingly taught in English.

The academic year is divided into two semesters of 14 weeks.

Country Facts

The country situated by some of the most majestic mountain ranges in the world has one of the best quality of life you can ever hope for. Cities in Switzerland are among the safest and the wages are among the highest. Their living standards also translate well to their education standards, as it is also some of the highest standards in the world. 

As mentioned before, there are 3 official languages in Switzerland; German, French and Italian. Therefore, students will have the opportunity to learn the language of the region where they study. Depending on the program some students might even get to experience 3 languages at once.


Switzerland’s prosper economy is largely due to their modern market stability, a transparent legal system, a sound regulatory regime, a highly skilled labour force, exceptionally well-developed physical and communications infrastructure, efficient capital markets, and low corporate taxes. They have well-secured property rights, including intellectual property rights, encourage entrepreneurship and productivity. Flexible labour regulations and the absence of corruption enhance the business climate which also contributes to its growing economy. 

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