Swiss establishments for higher education are designed to suit students, the scientific and academic community as well as the ideals of society at large.

TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE

Higher Education in Switzerland comprises both academic studies at the traditional “scientific” universities and Federal Institutes of Technology and more professionally-oriented studies at the universities of applied sciences. This modernized system of Swiss higher education is diversified but remains coherent. It is not only better suited to meeting the needs of the students, the scientific community, modern society, and the new economy, but is more directly compatible with other European educational systems.

CANTONAL UNIVERSITIES AND FEDERAL INSTITUTES OF TECHNOLOGY

Only the 10 official cantonal universities and the two federal institutes of technology offer courses according to the Bologna Declaration with fully-recognized Swiss diplomas. These dozen institutions are the only ones allowed to confer doctoral and PhD titles. If you want to be sure about the quality of the institution of your choice and whether it ranks as one of the twelve Swiss universities, please look for their trademark : swissuniversity.ch

UNIVERSITIES OF APPLIED SCIENCES

The universities of applied sciences provide a practice-oriented education and offer a wide range of Bachelor and Master programs, as well as Master of Advanced Studies in continuing education courses.

UNIVERSITIES OF TEACHER EDUCATION

These institutions grant diplomas at all levels. Their research, carried out in collaboration with other universities and universities of applied sciences, concentrates on their own occupational field to ensure that student training incorporates the latest educational and scientific findings.

SPECIAL INSTITUTES

These are located in Geneva (International Relations and Development Studies), in Lausanne (Public Administration) and in Sion (Tourism and Children’s Rights).