List of universities in Switzerland

This article lists universities in Switzerland.

The Swiss law on publicly financed universities, the Swiss University Conference and its accreditation body the CRUS-OAQ recognizes:[1] 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.[2][3]


Universities of Applied Sciences

according to the Fachhochschulgesetz (FHSG) / Loi fédérale sur les hautes écoles spécialisées (LHES):

Higher education institutions of art and music

Universities of teacher education

according to diploma recognition by the EDK / CDIP:

Federal institute

according to the Berufsbildungsgesetz (BBG), Art. 48 / Loi fédérale sur la formation (LFPr), l'art. 48

Other institutions accredited by the Swiss University Conference

Other university-level institutions

International rankings for the public universities


According to the THE–QS World University Rankings:

Institution 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
ETH Zurich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)10212442242018181312
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne323464117504232352919
University of Geneva (Université de Genève)NR8839105687271697471
University of Zurich (Universität Zürich)NR85109140106921011069078
University of Basel (Universität Basel)NR12775114131108137151121110
University of Lausanne (Université de Lausanne)NR13389NR161168152136115111
University of Bern (Universität Bern)NRNR178NR192193162143149154
University of St. Gallen (Universität St. Gallen)NR150NRNRNRNRNRNR393411-420

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]

Switzerland Top Universities in 2015

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]

University Location ARWU (Academic Ranking of World Universities) World Ranking 2015 QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World Rankings 2015 THE (Times Higher Education) World Ranking 2015
ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of TechnologyZurich2099
EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)Lausanne101-1501431
University of ZurichZurich5485104
University of GenevaGeneva5889131
University of BaselBasel87139101
University of LausanneLausanne201-300143144
University of BernBern151-200166120
University of FribourgFribourg--201-250
University of St. Gallen(HSG)St.Gallen-329351-400
University of NeuchâtelNeuchâtel--401-500

List of other private schools and colleges

See Category:Business schools in Switzerland , Category: Hospitality schools in Switzerland and Category:Private schools in Switzerland

See also

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