List of Higher Education Institutions in Switzerland

Higher Education in Switzerland consists of traditional universities and Federal Institutes of Technology which focuses on academic courses of studies and universities of applied sciences that emphasize on more professionally-oriented studies. Switzerland higher education system is varied and well-organized. It is structured in a manner that it meets the needs of the pupils, the society, scientific community, economy, and is compatible with other European education systems.


  • University of Basel (Basel), German-speaking
  • University of Bern (Bern), German-speaking
  • University of Fribourg (Fribourg), French- and German-speaking
  • University of Geneva (Geneva), French-speaking
  • University of Neuchatel (Neuchatel), French-speaking
  • University of Lausanne (Lausanne), French-speaking
  • University of Lucerne (Lucerne), German-speaking
  • University of Lugano (Lugano), Italian/English-speaking
  • University of St. Gallen (HSG) (St. Gallen), German/English-speaking
  • University of Zurich (Zurich), German-speaking

Federal Institute of Technology

  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) (Lausanne), French/English-speaking
  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) (Zurich), German/English-speaking

University-Level Institutions

  • Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneve, IHEID
  • Institut Universitaire Kurt Bosch, Sion, IUKB
  • Stiftung Universitare Fernstudien Schweiz, Brig / Fondation Formation universitaire a distance, Suisse a Brigue

Universities of Applied Sciences

  • Berner Fachhochschule, BFH
  • Ecole d'ingenieurs et d'architectes de Fribourg | Hochschule fur Technik und Architektur Freiburg (HES-SO), French and German-speaking
  • Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz, FHNW (German: Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz)
  • Fachhochschule Ostschweiz, FHO (German: Fachhochschule Ostschweiz)
  • Haute ecole specialisee de Suisse occidentale, HES-SO, (Western Switzerland), French-speaking
  • Hochschule Luzern, HSLU, German-speaking
  • Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana, (SUPSI), Italian-speaking
  • Zurcher Fachhochschule, ZFH
  • LRG - University of Applied Sciences, LRG-UAS
  • Kalaidos Fachhochschule
  • Les Roches Gruyeres, School of Hotel Management

Universities of Teacher Education

  • The following cantonal schools are recognized: Graubunden, Bern Jura and Neuchatel, Fribourg, Nordwestschweiz (Teilschule der FHNW), Rorschach, St. Gallen, Schaffhausen, Thurgau, Vaud, Wallis, Zentralschweiz, Zurich (Teilschule der ZFH)
  • Alta Scuola Pedagogica Ticino (SUPSI)
  • Interkantonale Hochschule fur Heilpadagogik Zurich
  • Schweize Hochschule fur Logopadie Rorschach SHLR
  • Eidgenossisches Hochschulinstitut gemass Berufsbildungsgesetz (BBG), Art. 48
  • Eidgenossisches Hochschulinstitut fur Berufsbildung, EHB

Higher Education Institutions of Art and Music

  • Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana, Lugano,
  • Conservatoire de Musique de Geneve, Geneva,
  • Dipartimento Ambiente, Costruzioni e Design, Canobbio,
  • Ecole cantonale d'art du Valais, Sierre,
  • Haute ecole d'arts appliques Arc, La Chaux-de-Fonds, (part of the HES-SO),
  • Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne (ECAL), Lausanne (part of the HES-SO)
  • Haute ecole d'arts et de design, Geneva, (part of the HES-SO),
  • Haute ecole de musique de Lausanne - HEMU] (part of the HES-SO),
  • Hochschule der Kunste Berne, Bern, (part of the BFH),
  • Hochschule fur Gestaltung und Kunst], Basel (part of the FHNW),
  • Hochschule fur 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),
  • Zurcher Hochschule der Kunste (part of the ZFH)
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