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Education system

The Swiss education system is characterised by high quality and permeability. The cantonal autonomy and the decentralised organisation of schools are important features.

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The Swiss education system at a glance go to the graphic

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Education and schools in Switzerland

How long does compulsory education last? What forms of education and training are possible after the compulsory school years? Where do the responsibilities lie? You will find basic information on the Swiss education system here. Continue

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How do cantons and municipalities organise and operate their schools

How is the lower secondary level organised? When are the school holidays? Which cantons have so-called “joker days”? Information on all Swiss cantons is available here.

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IDES provides information both on the Swiss education system and its implementation at cantonal level. Information on IDES services in the field of I&D is available here.

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Further informations

IDES information and documentation centre
+41 31 309 51 00