Tertiary level

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 / 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 professional education 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

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

  • Federal Diploma of Higher Education and Advanced Federal Diploma of Higher Education Examinations

  • Colleges of Higher Education diplomas

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Last update of this page: 28.10.2021