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List of universities in Switzerland


List of universities in Switzerland

This article lists universities in Switzerland.

The Swiss law on publicly financed universities, the Swiss University Conference and its accreditation body the CRUS-OAQ recognizes:[1] 12 Swiss universities (10 cantonal universities and two federal institutes of technology) and a number of public Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences and other education institutions, as Higher Education institutions.[2][3]


  • Universities 1
  • Universities of Applied Sciences 2
  • Higher education institutions of art and music 3
  • Universities of teacher education 4
  • Federal institute 5
  • Other institutions accredited by the Swiss University Conference 6
  • Other university-level institutions 7
  • International rankings for the public universities 8
    • THE-QS 8.1
    • ARWU 8.2
    • Switzerland Top Universities in 2015 8.3
  • List of other private schools and colleges 9
  • See also 10
  • Notes and references 11
  • External links 12


Universities of Applied Sciences

according to the Fachhochschulgesetz (FHSG) / Loi fédérale sur les hautes écoles spécialisées (LHES):

Higher education institutions of art and music

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

Universities of teacher education

according to diploma recognition by the EDK / CDIP:

  • The following cantonal schools are recognized: Graubünden, Bern Jura and Neuchâtel, Fribourg, Nordwestschweiz (Teilschule der FHNW), Rorschach, St. Gallen, Schaffhausen, Thurgau, Vaud, Wallis, Zentralschweiz, Zürich (Teilschule der ZFH)
  • Alta Scuola Pedagogica Ticino (SUPSI)
  • Interkantonale Hochschule für Heilpädagogik Zürich
  • Schweize Hochschule für Logopädie Rorschach SHLR
  • Eidgenössisches Hochschulinstitut gemäss Berufsbildungsgesetz (BBG), Art. 48
  • Eidgenössisches Hochschulinstitut für Berufsbildung, EHB

Federal institute

according to the Berufsbildungsgesetz (BBG), Art. 48 / Loi fédérale sur la formation (LFPr), l'art. 48

  • Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training, SFIVET

Other institutions accredited by the Swiss University Conference

Other university-level institutions

  • Stiftung Fernstudien Schweiz, Brig
  • the Institut Universitaire Kurt Bösch (Institut Universitaire Kurt Bösch, IUKB) in Sion

International rankings for the public universities


According to the THE–QS World University Rankings:

Institution 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
ETH Zurich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich) 10 21 24 42 24 20 18 18 13 12
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne 32 34 64 117 50 42 32 35 29 19
University of Geneva (Université de Genève) NR 88 39 105 68 72 71 69 74 71
University of Zurich (Universität Zürich) NR 85 109 140 106 92 101 106 90 78
University of Basel (Universität Basel) NR 127 75 114 131 108 137 151 121 110
University of Lausanne (Université de Lausanne) NR 133 89 NR 161 168 152 136 115 111
University of Bern (Universität Bern) NR NR 178 NR 192 193 162 143 149 154
University of St. Gallen (Universität St. Gallen) NR 150 NR NR NR NR NR NR 393 411-420

NR = no ranking or ranking outside top 200.


In relation to its population size, Switzerland is the country with the highest number of universities among the 100 best of the Academic Ranking of World Universities (2014-2015).[4]

Switzerland Top Universities in 2015

A list of Switzerland top universities in 2015 as per three major ranking platforms ARWU (Academic Ranking of World Universities), QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) and THE (Times Higher Education).[5]

University Location ARWU (Academic Ranking of World Universities) World Ranking 2015 QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World Rankings 2015 THE (Times Higher Education) World Ranking 2015
ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich 20 9 9
EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) Lausanne 301-400 14 31
University of Zurich Zurich 54 85 104
University of Geneva Geneva 58 89 131
University of Basel Basel 87 139 101
University of Lausanne Lausanne 201-300 143 144
University of Bern Bern 151-200 166 120
University of Fribourg Fribourg - - 201-250
University of St. Gallen(HSG) St.Gallen - 329 351-400
University of Neuchâtel Neuchâtel - - 401-500

List of other private schools and colleges

See Category:Business schools in Switzerland , Category:Hospitality schools in Switzerland and Category:Private schools in Switzerland

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ CRUS full list
  2. ^ Crus universities home page
  3. ^ CRUS hochschulen page
  4. ^ Rankings: top of the class, The Economist, 28 March 2015 (page visited on 7 April 2015).
  5. ^ Top University in Switzerland 2015

External links

  • All Swiss university programmes
  • Official portal of Swiss universities
  • The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation
  • Results of University Rankings

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