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This list of universities in Switzerland lists all 12 Swiss universities (10 cantonal universities and 2 federal institutes of technology) and a number of public Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences and other education institutions, as higher education institutions. The Swiss law on publicly financed universities, the Swiss University Conference and its accreditation body the CRUS-OAQ is responsible for their recognition according to the Federal Higher Education Act, HEdA.[1]


Universities of Applied Sciences

There are seven public and two private Universities of Applied Sciences (or German: Fachhochschule (FH), French: Haute école specialisée (HES), and Italian: scuola universitaria professionale (SUP)) in Switzerland.

Higher education institutions of art and music

  • Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana, Lugano
  • Conservatoire de Musique de Genève, Geneva
  • Dipartimento Ambiente, Costruzioni e Design, Canobbio
  • École cantonale d'art de Lausanne (ECAL), Lausanne (part of the HES-SO)
  • Ecole cantonale d'art du Valais, Sierre
  • Haute école d'arts appliqués Arc, La Chaux-de-Fonds (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 [13] (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)

Higher Education Institutions

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

International rankings for the public universities

According to the THE–QS World University Rankings:

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]

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]

See also

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