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The large amount of private schools and universities in Switzerland can be overwhelming. I contacted SIEPS and provided them with my specific requirements. Not only did I receive clear and precise comparisons of various private schools and universities but everything matched my specific requirements. Perfect!
General Information Swiss private Schools & Universities. Client specific educational and legal advice. Student housing services. Guarantorship. Personal and corporate guarantees in relation to housing. Integration assistance. Administrative support. Translations. Job networking. Airport shuttle; other transport. SIEPS is your one stop solution, your facilitator and thus your central contact in Switzerland and beyond. SIEPS cuts across  cultural and language barriers. We work in  English, French and German. SIEPS offers a client specific service.
Key Operational Areas of SIEPS “ Private Education
The SIEPS Education Database includes some of the most significant and oldest international schools and private universities in Switzerland. Included in the database are all accreditation agencies as well as an exhaustive list of degrees offered by Swiss private schools & universities. The database is fully searchable. SIEPS guarantees the quality of its Education Database by the following  quality control measures: Only private schools and universities which SIEPS has visited and  evaluated are included in the SIEPS database. SIEPS familiarises itself with the information which is to be published  and clarifies any questions before publishing the course details and  requirements. Total transparency with regard to faculty members, class size,  nationality mix, grading system, class attendance, recreational  activities and boarding house facilities, where applicable. Clear information on accreditation levels with links to the websites of the accreditation bodies is also provided. Encouraging feedback from students who have been placed by SIEPS in various educational institutions. Giving feedback in a general manner to the educational institutions  concerned, so that the most appreciated elements can be  maintained, and the least appreciated aspects can be improved upon.  Consequently, what has been published has been verified and understood, which, in turn, ensures the quality of our recommendations. 
Education Database
Private Education in Switzerland: The schools running the private educational market in Switzerland include some of the most famous and oldest in the country. The main concern of Switzerland is the furtherance of the quality of the schools which attach their names to the traditional Swiss quality brand. In Switzerland about 100,000 pupils, students and apprentices, from a wide variety of regions within our country and from over 100 other countries are educated in private schools. In addition, Switzerland is proud to have some of the best private hotel schools and private universities located in the country. Summer camps, language courses and a large choice of other educational offers complete the “menu” of Swiss private education. Swiss boarding schools benefit from an excellent, internationally recognized education. International Schools Most Swiss children go to state (public) schools. However, there are also more than 20 bi- or multilingual international schools in Switzerland, some of them private, some under federal control. Most of them offer the International Baccalaureate plus several other programs leading to country-specific university qualifications. An environment for success With its four languages, varied cultures, beautiful landscapes and peaceful political environment, Switzerland is not only a prime destination for tourism but also plays a leading role in the international educational field. For over a century, Swiss private schools – offering individualized, innovative and high- standard educational opportunities – have been one of the top-quality products of Switzerland. Validity of degrees issued by private institutions in Switzerland Accreditation agencies: Educational accreditation is a type of quality assurance process under which services and operations of educational institutions or programs are evaluated by an external body to determine if applicable standards are met. If standards are met, accredited status is granted by the agency. In most countries in the world, the function of educational accreditation is conducted by a government organization, such as a ministry of education. In the United States, however, a quality assurance process exists that is independent of government and performed by private membership associations. The U.S. accreditation process developed in the late 19th century and early 20th century after educational institutions perceived a need for improved coordination and articulation between secondary and post-secondary educational institutions, along with standardization of requirements between the two levels. Question: Is accreditation necessary? Just because a school claims membership in a state, regional or national association doesn't mean that it is accredited. Many schools claim to be accredited when, in reality, they are not. Accreditation is a status granted by organizations which have been authorized by state authorities to do so. Accreditation is a highly prized designation which has to be earned by the accredited schools. Accreditation is your guarantee that a school has met certain minimum standards during a thorough review by a body of its peers. Answer: Accreditation implies approval of a school's programs and their implementation. It implies ongoing development and adherence to established standards. It demonstrates to present and future clientele that the institution is serious about its mission. It validates a school's hard work and progress in a variety of important areas. Parents should ask if a school is accredited as it indicates that the school has undergone a rigorous program of peer review. Approval: Approval is not granted just because a school applies for accreditation and pays a fee. Look at the process by which hundreds of private schools have achieved accreditation in NEASC. The oldest of the six regional accrediting associations, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges was founded in 1885. It now claims some 1,848 schools and colleges in New England as accredited members. In addition it has over 92 overseas schools which have met its criteria. The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools lists similar standards for its member institutions. These are serious, exhaustive evaluations of schools, their programs and their facilities. Schools must maintain accreditation: Accreditation is not permanent. It must be maintained. A school has to demonstrate during a regular review process that it has developed and grown, not just maintained the status quo. The Obligations of Affiliation, for instance, of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges specifically states that a member school must undergo review not later than five years after original accreditation was granted, and not later than ten years after each satisfactory review. Standards: The word standards has been used seven times so far. But that's what accreditation is all about: standards, high standards, uniform standards. Standards are important to parents who are investing in their child's future. The question every parent is silently asking is a simple "Is it worth it?" High standards reassure them that it is indeed worth it. The SIEPS Education database has, in addition to a select list of private schools and universities in Switzerland, an exhaustive list of accreditation agencies which are used in the private educational market in Switzerland.
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