Universities in Switzerland

This article lists universities in Switzerland.

Official higher education institution

According with the Swiss law on publicly financed Swiss Universities and the body CRUS,[1] there are 12 general higher education institutions in Switzerland (10 cantonal universities and two federal institutes of technology plus a number of specialized universities), e.g., Universities of Applied Sciences:

Universities of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschulen according to the law FHSG)

  • Berner Fachhochschule, BFH
  • Ecole d'ingénieurs et d'architectes de Fribourg | Hochschule für Technik und Architektur Freiburg (HES-SO),French and German-speaking
  • Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz, FHNW (German: Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz)
  • Fachhochschule Ostschweiz, FHO (German: Fachhochschule Ostschweiz)
  • Haute école spécialisée de Suisse occidentale, HES-SO, (Western Switzerland), French-speaking
  • Hochschule Luzern, HSLU, German-speaking
  • Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana, (SUPSI), Italian-speaking
  • Zürcher Fachhochschule, ZFH
  • LRG - University of Applied Sciences, LRG-UAS
  • Kalaidos Fachhochschule

Fine arts universities

  • Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana, Lugano (Teilschule der SUPSI)
  • Conservatoire de Musique de Genève
  • Dipartimento Ambiente, Costruzioni e Design, Canobbio (Teilschule der SUPSI)
  • École cantonale d'art de Lausanne (ECAL, teilschule der HES-SO)
  • Ecole cantonale d'art du Valais, Sierre ECAV
  • Haute école d'arts appliqués Arc, La Chaux-de-Fonds (Teilschule der HES-SO)
  • École cantonale d'art de Lausanne (ECAL), Lausanne (Teilschule der HES-SO)
  • Haute école d'arts et de design, Genève (Teilschule der HES-SO)
  • Haute école de musique de Lausanne - HEMU (Teilschule der HES-SO)
  • Hochschule der Künste Berne (Teilschule der BFH)
  • Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst, Basel (Teischule der FHNW)
  • Hochschule für Musik Basel und Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Teilschule der FHNW)
  • Hochschule Luzern – Design & Kunst (Teilschule der HSLU)
  • Hochschule Luzern – Musik (Teilschule der HSLU)
  • Scuola Teatro Dimitri, Verscio (Teilschule der SUPSI)
  • Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (Teilschule der ZFH)

Pedagogical universities (diplomae regognized by EDK)

  • Alta Scuola Pedagogica Ticino (SUPSI)
  • Haute école pédagogique des cantons de Bern, du Jura et de Neuchâtel
  • Haute école pédagogique du canton de Vaud
  • Pädagogische Hochschule Wallis
  • Haute école pédagogique fribourgeoise
  • Interkantonale Hochschule für Heilpädagogik Zürich
  • Pädagogische Hochschule Graubünden
  • Pädagogische Hochschule Bern
  • Pädagogische Hochschule Nordwestschweiz (Teilschule der FHNW)
  • Pädagogische Hochschule Rorschach
  • Pädagogische Hochschule St. Gallen
  • Pädagogische Hochschule Schaffhausen
  • Pädagogische Hochschule Thurgau
  • Pädagogische Hochschule Zentralschweiz
  • Pädagogische Hochschule Zürich (Teilschule der ZFH)
  • Schweizer Hochschule für Logopädie Rorschach SHLR
  • Eidgenössisches Hochschulinstitut gemäss Berufsbildungsgesetz (BBG), Art. 48
  • Eidgenössisches Hochschulinstitut für Berufsbildung, EHB

Institutions accredited by the Swiss University Conference (SUK)

Other institutions of higher education

The Swiss university law considers as institutions of higher education according to articles 3 and 12 further:

  • Stiftung Fernstudien Schweiz, Brig
  • the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP) in Lausanne
  • the Institut Universitaire Kurt Bösch (Institut Universitaire Kurt Bösch, IUKB) in Sion
  • Cambridge Corporate University CCU - ACC/SQ Accredited
  • Multinational Intelligence Studies Campus

List of private colleges

N.B: Some private universities and schools do not have accreditation and their degrees can not be recognized, for more information you need to ask the official department of education in your countries.

International rankings

According to the THE–QS World University Rankings:

Institution 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
ETH Zurich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich) 10 21 24 42 24 20 18 18
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne 32 34 64 117 50 42 32 35
University of Geneva (Université de Genève) NR 88 39 105 68 72 71 69
University of Zurich (Universität Zürich) NR 85 109 140 106 92 101 106
University of Basel (Universität Basel) NR 127 75 114 131 108 137 151
University of Lausanne (Université de Lausanne) NR 133 89 NR 161 168 152 136
University of Bern (Universität Bern) NR NR 178 NR 192 193 162 143
University of St. Gallen (Universität St. Gallen) NR 150 NR NR NR NR NR NR

NR = no ranking or ranking outside top 200.

SMBG, a leading education company in France is publishing since 2007 a universal selection of 1,000 business schools, listed according to their capacity for international influence, split along principal global academic axes and grouped into 9 geographic zones. These 1,000 business schools represent more than 150 countries and 97% of the world’s population.[3]

The list features the following Swiss universities:

  • Educatis University, Graduate School of Management
  • GSDIR - Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations
  • GSBA - Graduate School of Business Administration Zürich
  • IIMT - International Institute of Management in Technology, University of Fribourg
  • IMD - International Institute for Management Development
  • CCU - Cambridge Corporate University
  • International University in Geneva
  • Victoria University in Neuchatel
  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology - ETH Zurich, Department of Management Technology and


  • Universität St. Gallen
  • Université de Genève - HEC Genève
  • Université de Lausanne - HEC Lausanne
  • Business management university of Geneva

Notes and references

See also

External links

  • Official portal of Swiss universities
  • All Swiss university programmes
  • The State Secretariat for Education and Research
  • The Ranking Forum of Swiss Universities
  • sieps.ch Information Services of Swiss Private Schools

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