List of universities in Switzerland

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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 of Applied Sciences[edit]

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

Higher education institutions of art and music[edit]

  • 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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Other university-level institutions[edit]

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

International rankings for the public universities[edit]


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]

List of other private schools and colleges[edit]

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

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

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