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Cribs

In Switzerland, the availability of day nursery places is very limited, especially in cities. You can find the places available at kinderkrippen-online.ch. It is also worth asking in the municipality where you live.

Schools and education

In Switzerland, the education system is divided into primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

  • Only primary and first secondary education (9 years) is compulsory.
  • The second secondary level comprises the Matura schools, vocational schools and technical colleges. This education normally lasts 3-4 years and ends with a school-leaving certificate, a certificate of competence or a diploma.
  • The tertiary level comprises universities of applied sciences and universities of applied sciences, higher technical colleges, technical schools, vocational examinations and higher subject examinations.

Switzerland has a tertiary level:

  • 10 cantonal universities
  • 2 Federal Institutes of Technology
  • 7 universities of applied sciences

More information on education in Switzerland: Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

Private Schools / International Schools

Private schools have a long tradition in Switzerland. They are mainly attended by foreign children and young people and are well known far beyond Switzerland’s borders.

Private Schools Switzerland