In Switzerland, most children go to public schools. Private schools usually are expensive and people tend to think that students of private schools probably didnĂ˘t make it at the public school. Public schools include Kindergarten, Volksschule (Ă˘elementary schoolĂ˘), Gymnasium (Ă˘secondary schoolĂ˘) and UniversitĂÂ¤ten (Ă˘universitiesĂ˘).
Switzerland is home to some of the worldĂ˘s best-ranked academic institutions. You can set your (Swiss-made) watch to the countryĂ˘s unbeatable public transportation system, which provides easy access between major cities, including Berne, Basel, Geneva, Lucerne, Zurich and Lugano, as well as to other parts of Europe.
Why Study in Switzerland:
Education System in Switzerland
- High-quality education
- International Degree
- World-leading research environment
- Low tuition fees
- study programs in English
- Low student/faculty ratio and small working groups
- Excellent facilities
In Switzerland, every child must attend at least the elementary school. Our country provides various schools at different levels. Because the cantons are responsible for the educational system, the names, the subjects, the starting age of the students and the duration vary significantly between the cantons. The rest of this document therefore focuses on how it works in the canton ZĂÂźrich.
Unlike school, children are not required to attend Kindergarten, but most children do go to Kindergarten. Children may attend Kindergarten for one year or two years. Because they are supposed to start school at the age of seven, they go to Kindergarten when they are five and six years old.
Volksschule Ă˘Elementary schoolĂ˘:
The Volksschule (Ă˘elementary schoolĂ˘) is mandatory for all Swiss children. They must either attend the public school or must go to a private school. Elementary school starts at the age of seven and lasts at least eight, but usually nine years.
In Switzerland, most kids start a Berufslehre (Ă˘apprenticeshipĂ˘) after elementary school. Depending on the profession, an apprenticeship takes two to four years. Apprentice will get trained at a company or organization, but also attend school for one or two days a week. Some companies also provide additional classes on their own. After apprenticeship and depending on their education, young people can either start a job or join other schools for further education.
There are eleven UniversitĂÂ¤ten (Ă˘universitiesĂ˘) in Switzerland, nine of them are run by a canton, two are run by the confederation. In general, the universities run by the cantons provide non-technical subjects, whereas the universities run by the confederation provide technical subjects. The later are therefore called Ă˘Swiss Federal Institutes of TechnologyĂ˘.
The education is now broken up into two parts similar to the education in the USA:
Intakes: January, April, July, October
- Bachelor study (three to Four years)
- Masters study (one and a half or two years)
Fall intake, Spring intake.