The Swiss education system
In the multilingual and federally structured Switzerland the 26 cantons have the primary responsibility for education. Compulsory education is largely rooted in the cantons and local municipalities. In post-compulsory education the cantons and the federal authorities each have their own responsibilities.
Points of contact
|Cantons: The national coordination authority is the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education EDK. A list of the 26 cantonal education departments may be found here.|
Confederation: The point of contact at federal level is the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI.
The key facts in brief
Swiss Education System: Detailed descriptions
- Swiss education system on educa.ch
Description of the Swiss education system with information about all educational levels (legal situation, statistical data, course content, terms of admission etc.)
- Swiss education system on Eurypedia
Description of the Swiss education system for the European platform Eurypedia
Teaching profession and professions in special education
- Becoming a teacher
Information about teacher education in Switzerland
- Professions in special education
Information about the education of professionals in special needs education, speech therapy and psychomotor therapy
Education statistics and education research
- Educational statistics
The Swiss Federal Statistical Office (FSO) is responsible for the national education statistics.
- Education research
The Swiss Coordination Centre for Research in Education (SKBF) publishes information on education research in Switzerland. The Swiss Education Report 2014 may also be found here.
Switzerland and Europe
Information of the education systems of 36 European countries
IDES, the information and documentation centre of the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education
+41 (0)31 309 51 00