Tertiary level education

Key terms: Vocational and professional education in Switzerland / Coordination in the higher education sector / Quality development and quality assurance in the field of education / Mobility and exchange / Occupational, educational and career guidance / Public expenditure on education

At the tertiary level the Swiss education system offers a wide range of programmes which can be completed at universities or at higher professional education and training institutions.

Universities offer various academic or practice-oriented degree programmes. For access to a university institution, in general, a Baccalaureate or a Federal Vocational Baccalaureate is required, depending on the institution (access with other qualifications is possible). Switzerland has the following universities:

  • universities: cantonal universities and Federal Institutes of Technology (ETH)

  • universities of applied sciences

  • universities of teacher education

Higher professional education and training enables (in particular) professionals who have completed vocational education and training (VET) to specialise and to enhance their skills and knowledge. Higher professional education and training offers the following educational programmes:

  • Federal PET Diploma Examinations and Advanced Federal PET Diploma Examinations

  • PET colleges diplomas

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Last update of this page: 19.07.2016