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Part of what makes Switzerland one of the best places in the world is its education system. It happens to be home to a number of highly ranked universities, most of which are public universities. These universities are not only world-renowned but are also the closest thing to tuition-free universities in Switzerland for international students and locals alike.

Each one of them has their own requirements, programs, and cost. So, let’s see what these top-notch, affordable universities have to offer.

Public Universities in Switzerland

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Public universities in Switzerland for international students are well-known and highly valued across the world. As a European business hub, young adults not only want to study here, but they also want to work in Switzerland once they finish their studies.

Read on to learn more about tuition fees, admission requirements, and living expenses for international students in Switzerland.

Disclaim: The following list of higher education does not represent a ranking.

University of Geneva

The University of Geneva is a highly regarded educational institution in Switzerland. It’s a public research university established in 1559. They aim to educate and qualify their students through exceptional teaching methods available as well as offer research opportunities in cutting-edge fields.

University of Geneva admission requirements

Bachelor’s degree program Master’s degree program
Application form Application form
Transcripts or grade reports for the last three years of secondary studies University grade reports and transcripts
Secondary diploma certificate Secondary diploma certificate

Average score required

Meanwhile, the average scores of students who have been previously admitted to the university are:

GPA: 2.7
IB: 30
Percentage: 70
IELTS: 6
TOEFL: 80

University of Geneva tuition fees

The tuition fees vary from program to program and degree to degree. However, the average cost of a bachelor’s program semester is around CHF 1,000.

University of Geneva faculties

  • Faculty of Sciences
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty Geneva School of Economics and Management
  • Faculty Geneva School of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Theology
  • Faculty of Psychology and School of Education
  • Faculty of Translation and Interpreting

University of St. Gallen

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University of St. Gallen is a research university that was established back in 1898. The university is known for being one of the leading universities in the world. To this day, it is one of the world’s best business schools with unique pedagogical techniques.

University of St. Gallen admission requirements

Bachelor’s degree program Master’s degree program
Online application Online application
An application fee of CHF 250 An application fee of CHF 250
Swiss high school diploma equivalent Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
German language proficiency (Level B2) Official transcripts
English Language Proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS) Resume
Motivation Letter
German language proficiency at (level C1)

Average score required

Meanwhile, the average scores of students who have been previously admitted to the university are:

GPA: 3
IB: 32
Percentage: 75
IELTS: 6
TOEFL: N/A

University of St. Gallen tuition fees

The tuition fees at University of St. Gallen depend on the program and degree of choice. Tuition fees per semester for local students range from CHF 629 for doctorate studies, CHF 1,429 for master’s studies, CHF 949 for joint medical master, and CHF 1,229 for bachelor’s studies. Meanwhile for international students tuition fees start from CHF 1,079 for doctorate studies, CHF 3,129 for bachelor’s studies, CHF 3,329 for master’s studies, and CHF 10,078 for a joint medical master.

University of St. Gallen schools

  • School of Management
  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Law School
  • School of Finance
  • School of Economics and Political Science

University of Bern

Located in the heart of Bern, University of Bern is another notable Swiss public university. It was established in 1834, and today it is managed and supported by the canton of Bern. They offer a broad selection of both courses and programs.

University of Bern admission requirements

Bachelor’s degree program Master’s degree program
Online application Online application
Application fee (CHF 105) Bachelor’s degree from a recognized foreign university
Certified copy of a school-leaving certificate CV
CV Hold a general educational character
Hold a general educational character German language proficiency (level C1)
Completion of at least 11 school years
German language proficiency (level C1)

Average score required

The average scores of students who have been previously admitted to the university are:

GPA: 3
IB: 33
Percentage: 75
IELTS: 6
TOEFL: 92

University of Bern tuition fees

Similar to other Swiss universities, tuition fees at University of Bern vary depending on the program level of the degree. However, annual tuition fees for a bachelor’s degree level for local students are CHF 1,500 and an additional CHF 400 annually for international students.

University of Bern faculties

  • Faculty of Theology
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Business, Economics, and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  • Humanities Faculty
  • Science Faculty
  • Human Sciences Faculty

University of Zurich (UZH)

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University of Zurich is a university established in 1833, and it is the largest one in Switzerland. Being the biggest Swiss university, it has more than 3,700 faculty members. The university has a strong focus on academic freedom, excellence in learning, teaching and student support.

University of Zurich admission requirements

Bachelor’s degree program Master’s degree program
Online application Online application
Application fee (CHF 100) Application fee (CHF 100)
Passport copy Passport copy
Official high school transcript Official high school transcript
Upper secondary school-leaving certificate Upper secondary school-leaving certificate
Certificates/reports for the last three school years A certified copy of your transcript of records
Proficiency scores (IELTS- 6.0, TOEFL- 87, Pearson Test- 60) Official college transcripts
A signed declaration of consent Proficiency scores (IELTS- 7, TOEFL- 100, Pearson Test- 75)
CV/ Resume A signed declaration of consent
Proof of sufficient skills in German CV/Resume
Official proof of admission to study Personal statement
Proof of language competence (German or English)
GMAT1 /GRE2 Score Report

Average score required

Meanwhile, the average scores of students who have been previously admitted to the university are:

GPA: 3.2
IB: 35
Percentage: 80
IELTS: (not mandatory)
TOEFL: 100

University of Zurich tuition fees

The average tuition cost per semester for bachelor’s and master’s studies is CHF 720 and CHF 150 for doctorate studies, and international students pay an additional CHF 500 per semester.

University of Zurich faculties

  • Faculty of Business, Economics, and Informatics
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Natural Sciences
  • Faculty of  Theology
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Law

University of Italian Switzerland

University of Italian Switzerland (Università della Svizzera italiana) was founded in 1996, and it’s the only university in Switzerland where the official language is Italian. The university offers a wide variety of undergraduate, postgraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs.

University of Italian Switzerland admission requirements

Bachelor’s degree program Master’s degree program
Online application Online application
Official high school transcript Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
Passport copy Official transcript
Recent passport size photo Passport copy
Medical certificate Recent passport size photo
Medical certificate

Average score required

The average scores of students who have been previously admitted to the university are:

GPA: 2
IB: 24
Percentage: 55
IELTS: 5.5
TOEFL: 65

University of Italian Switzerland tuition fees

The tuition fees at the University of Italian Switzerland for bachelor’s and master’s are CHF 4,000 per semester, and for students with official Lichtenstein or Switzerland residence they’re CHF 2,000.

University of Italian Switzerland faculties

  • Faculty of Architecture
  • Faculty of Biomedical Sciences
  • Faculty of Communication, Culture, and Society
  • Faculty of Economics
  • Faculty of Informatics

University of Lausanne (UNIL)

University of Lausanne first started as a school of theology back in 1537 and turned into a university in 1890. This public university located on the shores of Lake Léman is adjacent to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL).

University of Lausanne admission requirements

Bachelor’s degree program Master’s degree program
Online application Online application
School leaving certificate, high school transcripts, or foundation result Bachelor’s degree, foundation or diploma transcripts
Passport photocopy Passport photocopy
English proficiency certificates English proficiency certificates
Application fee (CHF 200) Application fee (CHF 200)

Average score required

The average scores of students who have been previously admitted to the university are:

GPA: 2
IB: 24
Percentage: 55
IELTS: 7
TOEFL: 100

University of Lausanne tuition fees

The average tuition fee at University of Lausanne per semester is CHF 580.

University of Lausanne faculties

  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Biology and Medicine
  • Faculty of Business and Economics
  • Faculty of Geosciences and Environment
  • Faculty of Law, Criminal Justice, and Public Administration
  • Faculty of Social and Political Sciences
  • Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies

University of Basel

University of Basel was founded back in 1460, and it holds the title of the oldest university in Switzerland and one of the oldest surviving universities in the world. It is state-approved and recognized in the appropriate educational system and may grant doctorates, which means it has the authority to offer academic doctorates (PhD) and confer the related degree.

University of Basel admission requirements

Bachelor’s degree program Master’s degree program
Online application Online application
School leaving certificate or the equivalent Recognized bachelor’s degree
Recommendation letters Recommendation letters
German language proficiency German language proficiency
English language proficiency (level B2 or C1) English language proficiency (level B2 or C1)
Application fee (CHF 100) Application fee (CHF 100-150)
Passport copy Passport copy
Personal statement

Average score required

The average scores of students who have been previously admitted to the university are:

GPA: 3.3

IB: 34

Percentage: 70

IELTS: 6

TOEFL: 80

University of Basel faculties

  • Faculty of Theology
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Business and Economics
  • Faculty of Psychology

University of Fribourg

University of Fribourg was founded in 1889 in the bilingual Swiss city of Fribourg. The university attracts both students and researchers from all parts of Switzerland and other countries. Its focus is to help students learn and do research in innovative ways.

University of Fribourg admission requirements

Bachelor’s degree program Master’s degree program
Swiss or foreign certificate of upper secondary education Bachelor (180 ECTS) delivered by a recognized or accredited University
Application form Application form
Language proficiency in German or French Language proficiency in German or French

*Certain faculties may require additional studies. Meanwhile, the average scores of students who have been previously admitted to the university are:

GPA: 2.8

IB: 30

Percentage: 70

IELTS: 6

TOEFL: (not mandatory)

University of Fribourg tuition fees

The average tuition fees per semester for local students are CHF 1,310, and for international students, they’re CHF 1,610.

University of Fribourg faculties

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Science and Medicine
  • Faculty of Management, Economic, and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Theology
  • Faculty of Law
  • Interfaculty

University of Neuchâtel

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University of Neuchâtel was founded in 1838 by King Frederick William IV of Prussia. The University of Neuchatel provides classes in both French and English. The institution currently adheres to the academic standards proposed by the Bologna Process, which calls for a three-tiered system of university degrees, namely a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and a doctorate. 

Apart from education, the university offers cultural activities, a sports center, a library, etc. The university library has over 2 million volumes of books, e-books, and international books in its database.

University of Neuchâtel admission requirements

Bachelor’s degree program Master’s degree program
Common/online application Online/common application
Application fee ofCHF 100 Application fee of CHF 100
Official high school transcript Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
Two letters of recommendation Official transcripts
Statement of purpose Two letters of recommendation
TOEFL/IELTS scores if the applicant’s native language is not English (TOEFL- 75, IELTS- 5.5) Statement of purpose
Resume
TOEFL/IELTS scores if the applicant’s native language is not English (TOEFL-75, IELTS- 5.5)

Average score required

Meanwhile, the average scores of students who have been previously admitted to the university are:

GPA: 2.5

IB: 27

Percentage: 60

IELTS: N/A

TOEFL: N/A

University of Neuchâtel tuition fees

The average monthly tuition fee at University of Neuchâtel is around CHF 1,000 for both undergraduate and graduate programs.

University of Neuchâtel faculties

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Economics and Business

University of Lucerne

Established in 2000, University of Lucerne is a higher-education institution located in the small city of Luzern. UNILU offers study courses in traditional subjects along with overlapping integrated subjects.

University of Lucerne admission requirements

Bachelor’s degree program Master’s degree program
Higher secondary school leaving certificate or other qualifications a Bachelor’s degree (or an equivalent higher

education degree) with at least 180 ECTS points

Proof of German language competence Transcripts of records (overview of the course modules)
Transcripts of records (overview of the course modules) Application fee (CHF 100.00)
Application fee (CHF 100.00)
Proof of admission (in the

same or a similar field of study) in your country

For more details on admission qualifications click here.

University of Lucerne tuition fees

Tuition fees for Bachelor’s, Master’s and Diploma studies per semester are around CHF 810.00 for residents and CHF 1‘110 for foreigners. 

University of Lucerne faculties

University of Lucerne comprises of five faculties, and those are:

  • Faculty of Theology
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Economics and Management
  • Department of Health Sciences and Medicine

Federal Institutes in Switzerland

Zurich Swiss Federal Institute Of Technology (ETH Zurich)

Zurich Swiss Federal Institute Of Technology (ETH Zurich) was founded in 1855 and is located in the heart of Europe. It is continuously ranked among the top universities in the world. ETH Zurich has a 27% acceptance rate. The university’s most notable alumni is Albert Einstein (theoretical physicist and scientist).

ETH Zurich admission requirements

Bachelor’s degree program Master’s degree program
High school transcripts Online application
Passport copy Application fees (CHF 150)
German-language proficiency certificates High school transcripts
English proficiency scores (TOEFL- 100, IELTS- 7) Matriculation certificate
CV/resume
German-language proficiency certificates

Average score required

Meanwhile, the average scores of students who have been previously admitted to the university are:

GPA: 2

IB: 24

Percentage: 55

IELTS: 7

TOEFL: 100

ETH Zurich tuition fees

The average tuition cost per semester for a bachelor’s degree program is around CHF 1,500. Meanwhile, for a master’s degree program, it’s CHF 1,300.

ETH Zurich departments

  • Architecture
  • Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering
  • Biosystems Science and Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology and Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical and Process Engineering
  • Materials, Biology, Chemistry and Applied Biosciences
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Earth Sciences
  • Environmental Systems Science
  • Health Sciences and Technology
  • Management
  • Technology and Economics
  • Humanities
  • Social and Political Sciences

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) is a public university and research institute founded in 1853. Located in Lausanne, the university specializes in engineering and natural sciences. This university has campuses in Neuchâtel, Fribourg, Geneva, and Valais.

EPFL admission requirements

Bachelor’s degree program Master’s degree program
Online application Online application
Intermediary grade sheets from the last two years of upper secondary education Official transcripts
Transcripts from prior higher-education institutions Bachelor’s degree certificate
Language competence certificate in French Three recommendation letters
CV/resume
Additional documents such as TOEFL/GRE scores, research publications, or other portfolios can be submitted (not compulsory).
Contact details of three academic referees, who will each be asked to produce one recommendation letter

Average score required

Meanwhile, the average scores of students who have been previously admitted to the university are:

GPA: 3.2

IB: 35

Percentage: 80 

IELTS: 5.5

TOEFL: (not mandatory)

EPFL tuition fees

Yearly tuition fees at EPFL are CHF 1,266 for both locals and international students. They remain the same for all programs. 

EPFL schools

EPFL has seven schools in total. However, each of these schools has its own faculties. The schools are:

  • School of Architecture Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • The School of Computer and Communication Sciences IC
  • College of Humanities CDH
  • School of Basic Sciences
  • The School of Life Sciences SV
  • The School of Engineering
  • The School of Management of Technology

Universities of Applied Sciences in Switzerland

universities-of-applied-sciences-in-switzerlandUniversities of Applied Sciences in Switzerland are closely interrelated with Switzerland’s economy, culture, and society. They encourage tight collaboration with businesses, colleges, and other institutions.

Below is a list of eight regional public applied science universities with information about admission requirements, tuition fees, and their academic programs.

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID)

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is an institution of research and higher education. Their aim is to promote international cooperation and make a contribution to the progress of developing societies. 

IHEID admission requirements

Master’s degree program PhD program
Online application form  Online application form
A bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in a relevant discipline A master’s degree or its equivalent in a relevant discipline
Professional experience and extracurricular activities (not compulsory) A thesis proposal that describes your research project
Application fee CHF 100-200 Application fee CHF 100-200
English proficiency certificate English proficiency certificate

IHEID tuition fees

The tuition fees of this institution are CHF 5,000 per year for Swiss residents and CHF 8,000 per year for non-residents.

IHEID academic departments

The Institute offers seven Master’s programs, two of which are interdisciplinary, and six disciplinary PhDs. Their disciplines are:

  • International Affairs
  • Development Studies
  • Anthropology And Sociology
  • International Economics
  • International History
  • International Law
  • International Relations/Political Science
  • Development Economics (PhD only)

University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO)

The HES-SO is a group of institutions of higher education situated in French-speaking Western Switzerland that offer various study streams and research activities. It plays a preeminent role in the socio-economic and cultural development of the seven cantons of Western Switzerland.

HES-SO admission requirements

When applying for admission to the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland in Switzerland you should contact the university directly and request a list of necessary documents, as it may vary for different countries.

HES-SO tuition fees

Tuition may vary by area of study, degree level, and other criteria. However, the average fee is about CHF 500.- per semester.

HES-SO faculties

  • Art & Design
  • Business
  • Management and Services
  • Engineering and Architecture
  • Music and the Performing Art
  • Health Sciences and Social Work

Bern University of Applied Sciences

BFH is a university of applied sciences that in addition to teaching, also focuses on continuing education, research and development, and consulting services.

BFH admission requirements

Admission requirements vary from one degree to another, so it is advisable to directly contact the university for information. Each department has its own international contact point, which will answer questions about your course and help you to settle into your studies.

BFH tuition fees

Fees and contributions vary depending on the degree program and field of study. However, the average tuition fees per semester are CHF 750 and CHF 950 for international students.

BFH departments

Bern University of Applied Sciences comprises six departments teaching and research activities that are carried out in the most varied of fields across eight departments. BFH offers 30 bachelor programs and 23 master programs. 

There are also sports, agriculture, forest science, automotive engineering, nutrition and dietetics, literary writing, and medical informatics degree programs that are unique in Switzerland. The departments include:

  • Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering and the affiliated Higher Technical School of Wood
  • School of Agricultural, Forest, and Food Sciences
  • Bern University of the Arts
  • Engineering and Information Technology
  • Business, Health, Social Work
  • Swiss Federal Institute of Sport Magglingen SFISM

University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland 

FHNW is one of Switzerland’s preeminent universities of applied sciences and arts, involved in teaching, research, continuing education, and service provision in both an innovative and practice-oriented approach. 

FHNW admission requirements

Admission policy varies by area of study, degree level, student residence and other criteria. We advise you to go to the program of interest on the website and contact the university directly for detailed information.

FHNW tuition fees

The tuition fees for students who have their place of residence in Switzerland or in EU states is CHF 700. For students outside of Switzerland or the EU, the tuition fees are a minimum CHF 5000.

FHNW schools

  • School of Applied Psychology
  • School of Architecture, Civil Engineering, and Geomatics
  • Academy of Art and Design
  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Life Sciences
  • Academy of Music
  • School of Social Work

University of Applied Sciences Eastern Switzerland

The University of Applied Sciences of Eastern Switzerland is composed of four member schools located in the different cities of St. Gallen, Rapperswil, Chur, and Buchs. OST significantly contributes to the economic and social development in the region.

OST admission requirements

Admission policy varies by area of study, degree level, student residence, and other criteria. We advise you to go to the program of interest on the website and contact the university directly for detailed information.

OST tuition fees

The tuition fees per semester are approximately CHF 1000 for international students.

OST departments

  • Department Of Computer Science
  • Department Of Architecture, Construction, and Planning
  • Department Of Economy and Tourism
  • Department Of Health
  • Department Of Social Work
  • Department Of Technology

Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts

lucerne-universityThe Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts is the largest educational institution supported by the six cantons of Central Switzerland. HSLU offers English and German-based education with levels from undergraduate to graduate.

HSLU admission requirements

Admission requirements vary from degree to degree, thus we advise to visit the website or contact the Team Admission Procedure for more details regarding the degree of choice. However, these may be some fundamental requirements:

General required information/documents
Academic qualifications*
Professional activity*
Internships
Language skills

**Some courses at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts require specific qualifications or professional experience. 

HSLU tuition fees

The overall tuition fees are billed by the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, however, the minimum tuition fee is 800 CHF per semester.

HSLU schools

  • School of Engineering and Architecture
  • School of Information Technology
  • Business School and Management
  • School of Social Work
  • School of Art and Design
  • Lucerne School of Music

University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI)

University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland offers different courses characterized by cutting-edge education which unites classical theoretical-scientific instruction with a professional orientation. Great care is given to research, carried out in key sectors on competitively acquired projects.

SUSPI admission requirements

Admission is allowed to applicants with leaving examination from a vocational school related to the chosen degree course, or equivalent. Detailed requirements are listed in the descriptions of each degree course.

SUSPI tuition fees

The semester fee amounts to CHF 1,600 (excluding the contribution to didactic costs). This sum is reduced to CHF 800 for students who benefit from the application of the ASUP Intercantonal Agreement for Vocational Universities (Swiss nationality or civil and fiscal domicile in Switzerland or in Liechtenstein). Specific agreements apply for students residing in Campione d’Italia.

SUSPI faculties

  • Department for Environment, Constructions, and Design
  • Department of Business Economics, Health, and Social Care
  • Department of Innovative Technologies
  • Department of Teaching and Learning

Universities of Teacher Education in Switzerland

University of Teacher Education Berne, Jura, Neuchâtel

University of Teacher Education Berne, Jura, Neuchâtel provides training in French for the teaching professions at all levels of compulsory schooling and further education. The HEP-BEJUNE offers different training courses and programs and carries out research in the fields of teaching and education sciences.

HEP-BEJUNE admission requirements

Admission requirements vary from level to degree, for more information visit the degree of choice on their website. However, these are general qualifications:

General required information/documents
Recent Curriculum Vitae
Proof of payment of the processing fee (CHF 100)
Previous school transcripts/certificates
Language proficiency certificate (depending on the degree)

HEP-BEJUNE tuition fees

The tuition fees per semester are approximately CHF 1000 for international students.

HEP-BEJUNE programs

  • Teacher Education
  • Special Pedagogy
  • Educational Science
  • Subject-specific Didactics

University of Teacher Education, Canton of Vaud

HEP Vaud provides a complete range of training courses for the teaching professions in French-speaking Switzerland. It offers a wide range of fundamental training which prepares students to teach pupils from 4 to 20 years old, as well as children with special needs.

HEP Vaud admission requirements

For questions related to admissions, including the entry requirements for HEP Vaud, please contact the Admissions Secretariat.

HEP Vaud tuition fees

The tuition fees per semester are approximately CHF 800 for international students.

HEP Vaud programs

  • Teacher Education
  • Special Pedagogy
  • Educational Science
  • Subject-specific Didactics

University of Teacher Education in the Canton of Valais

The University of Teacher Education in the Canton of Valais is a bilingual institution (French and German) which offers all levels of training, from primary school through to gymnasium level. The HEP-VS/PH-VS work jointly with other universities in the French-speaking part of Switzerland on various themes, such as didactics.

PH-VS admission requirements

Admission requirements vary from level to degree, for more information visit the degree of choice on the PH-VS website. 

PH-VS tuition fees

The tuition fees per semester are approximately CHF 500 for international students.

 PH-VS programs

  • Teacher Education
  • Special Pedagogy
  • Educational Science
  • Subject-specific Didactics

University of Teacher Education Fribourg

university-of-teacher-educationThe University of Teacher Education Fribourg provides training for pre-school and primary school level teachers as well as the secondary level (in certain subject areas) and further training for teachers of all school levels. HEP-PH FR also partners with other universities in the canton of Friborg in the fields of education and research.

HEP-PH FR admission requirements

General required information
High school Matura certificate/or an equivalent foreign certificate
Complete a general education relevant preparatory exam.
Proof of payment of the registration fee CHF 100

Admission requirements vary from degree to degree. For more information visit the page of the degree of choice. 

HEP-PH FR tuition fees

The tuition fees per semester are approximately CHF 600 for international students.

HEP-PH FR programs

  • Teacher Education
  • Special Pedagogy
  • Educational Science
  • Subject-specific Didactics

The Intercantonal College for Curative Education (HfH)

The Intercantonal College for Curative Education is a specific pedagogical university in Zurich that offers courses, further training, services, and research activities in the field of curative education in Switzerland.

HfH admission requirements

Admission requirements vary from degree to degree, for more information visit the HfH page of the degree of choice.

Bachelor degree program Master degree program
Formal education Formal education
Proof of experience Pedagogical work experience
Financing the study place Financing the study place
Passed aptitude test Language skills if your mother tongue is not German (level C2)
Language skills if your mother tongue is not German (level C2)

HfH tuition fees

The tuition fees per semester are approximately CHF 900 for full-time study and CHF 750 for part-time study.

HfH programs

The HfH programs combine a sound scientific basis with a practice-oriented approach. They offer programs in:

Masters courses

  • School-based curative education
  • Remedial early education

Bachelor courses

  • Speech therapy (speech therapy)
  • Psychomotor therapy
  • Sign language interpreting

University of Teacher Education of Grisons

University of Teacher Education of Grisons offers educational bachelor’s and master’s programs. The PHGR promotes advanced training of teachers at all levels of primary school and the training of internship teachers. It conducts application-oriented research and development in primary schools and offers services to third parties.

PHGR admission requirements

Admission requirements vary from degree to degree, for more information visit the program of choice on the PHGR website. 

PHGR tuition fees

The tuition fees per semester are approximately CHF 3570 for international students.

PHGR programs

  • Teacher Education
  • Special Pedagogy
  • Educational Science
  • Subject-specific Didactics

University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland, SUPSI

Department of Education and Learning SUPSI is one of the four departments of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland. ar SUPSI-DFA we believe that teacher education programs should offer profound contact with the profession and with the research sector, within a lively cultural environment blending tradition and innovation.

SUPSI-DFA admission requirements

Admission requirements vary from degree to degree, for more information visit the program of choice on the SUPSI-DFA website. 

SUPSI-DFA tuition fees

The tuition fees per semester are approximately CHF 1600 for international students.

SUPSI-DFA programs

  • Teacher Education
  • Special Pedagogy
  • Educational Science
  • Subject-specific Didactics

Swiss University of Speech Therapy Rorschach (SHLR)

The SHLR is the leading provider of comprehensive training for speech therapists for children and adults at the university level in Switzerland. In teaching, it attaches the same importance to pedagogical and clinical areas, both in theory and in practice.

SHLR admission requirements

Regular and job-related requirements
A high school diploma or equivalent
Pre-study internship 
No professionally relevant impairment in terms of hearing, voice, teeth and jaw position
No professionally relevant impairment in terms of speaking, reading and writing skills
Command of the German standard language, spoken and written
The signed confirmation that there are no entries in the central criminal register and that there are no sexual offenses involving minors in progress
  • Empathy
  • Observation
  • Communication skills
  • Psychological resilience
  • Understanding of social contexts
  • Flexibility
  • Pedagogical skills
  • Creativity
  • Self-assessment skills
  • Patience

SHLR tuition fees

The tuition fees per semester are approximately CHF 1000 for full-time students and CHF 600 for part-time students.

Zurich University of Teacher Education

Zurich University of Teacher Education (PH Zurich) is one of Switzerland’s largest teacher education institutions and an expert partner for schools, teachers, and educational authorities. 

PH Zurich admission requirements

General requirements
A high school Matura, a specialist Matura with an educational focus or a university diploma
Aptitude tests or supplementary examination
Command of the language of instruction (German C 2 level)

Admission requirements vary from degree to degree, for more information visit the program of choice on the PH Zurich website.

PH Zurich tuition fees

The tuition fees per semester are approximately CHF 765 for international students.

PH Zurich programs

  • Teacher Education
  • Special Pedagogy
  • Educational Science
  • Subject-specific Didactics

Bern University of Teacher Education

Bern University of Teacher Education trains teachers so that they are eligible to work the entire school system: from pre-primary to middle school (upper secondary schools, vocational secondary schools), as well as special needs teachers. PH Bern also includes research, development, and evaluation.

PH Bern admission requirements

The admission options differ depending on the degree program. Further information can be found under the respective courses and under Admission and Registration.

PH Bern tuition fees

The tuition fees per semester are approximately CHF 845 for international students.

PH Bern programs

  • Teacher Education
  • Special Pedagogy
  • Educational Science
  • Subject-specific Didactics

University of Teacher Education Lucerne

The University of Teacher Education Lucerne is the center for teacher training, pedagogy and didactics for primary and secondary schools as well as vocational school teachers and lecturers at higher technical schools.

PH Luzern admission requirements

The admission options differ depending on the degree program. Further information can be found on the official website. 

PH Luzern tuition fees

The tuition fees per semester are approximately CHF 695 for international students.

PH Luzern programs

  • Teacher Education
  • Special Pedagogy
  • Educational Science
  • Subject-specific Didactics

FHNW School of Education

The FHNW School of Teacher Education has three locations in northwestern Switzerland. It provides a high number of high-quality research to improve teaching in elementary and high school and provides programs that combine study and practice.

FHNW admission requirements

The admission options differ depending on the degree program. Further information can be found on the official website. 

FHNW tuition fees

The tuition fees per semester are approximately CHF 700-800 for international students.

FHNW programs

  • Teacher Education
  • Special Pedagogy
  • Educational Science
  • Subject-specific Didactics

St.Gallen University of Teacher Education

The St.Gallen University of Teacher Education (PHSG) trains teachers, conducts research, and provides further education and services for teaching staff and educational institutions. 

PHSG admission requirements

The admission options differ depending on the degree program. Further information can be found on the official website. 

PHSG tuition fees

The tuition fees per semester are approximately CHF 2500 for international students.

PHSG programs

  • Teacher Education
  • Special Pedagogy
  • Educational Science
  • Subject-specific Didactics

Teacher Training University Schaffhausen

The Teacher Training University Schaffhausen is the smallest Teacher Training College in Switzerland, however, the personal tutoring and coaching make the institution stand out.

PH Schaffhausen admission requirements

For admission information, we advise you to contact the university.

PH Schaffhausen tuition fees

The tuition fees per semester are approximately 680 CHF for international students.

PH Schaffhausen programs

  • Teacher Education
  • Special Pedagogy
  • Educational Science
  • Subject-specific Didactics

Schwyz University of Teacher Education

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The Schwyz University of Teacher Education is an institution of higher education that trains students to become skilled classroom teachers and provides a number of continuing professional development courses. The university is nestled in the rolling hills between the Rigi and the Rossberg mountains. The university places a strong emphasis on research and academic practical expertise. Their services have been tested in professional settings and are constantly improved in response to the development in the area of education.

PH Schwyz admission requirements

For admission information, we advise you to contact the university.

PH Schwyz  tuition fees

The tuition fees per semester are approximately 650 CHF for international students.

 PH Schwyz programs

  • Teacher Education
  • Special Pedagogy
  • Educational Science
  • Subject-specific Didactics

The Thurgau University of Teacher Education (PHTG)

The Thurgau University of Teacher Education (PHTG) is a multicultural university that provides high-quality pre-service and in-service teacher education and engages in educational research. 

PHTG admission requirements

For admission information, we advise you to visit the program page on the website or contact the university.

PHTG tuition fees

The tuition fees per semester are approximately 700-900 CHF for international students.

PHTG programs

  • Teacher Education
  • Special Pedagogy
  • Educational Science
  • Subject-specific Didactics

University of Teacher Education Zug

The University of Teacher Education Zug is a  modern and internationally-oriented institution that offers programs in basic teacher training and carries out research and development

PH Zug admission requirements

The following qualifications enable direct access to a “Kindergarten / Lower Level” or “Primary Level” course at the PH Zug:

  • High school diploma
  • Passarelle
  • High school diploma in the field of education
  • The entrance exam for PH Zug (or PH Luzern or PH Schwyz)
  • EDK-recognized teaching diploma
  • University degree (university / technical college)
  • German language proficiency certificate at level C2

PH Zug tuition fees

The tuition fees per semester are approximately 650 CHF for international students.

PH Zug programs

  • Teacher Education
  • Special Pedagogy
  • Educational Science
  • Subject-specific Didactics

Switzerland has long been known for offering a top-notch education to both national and international students. Most of the best Swiss universities remain public and offer a variety of benefits. From being on the cheaper spectrum to the number of different fields they offer specializations in, public Swiss universities continue to rank among some of the best in the world. We hope this list will be of help on your journey to choosing a university!

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