Study in English, French, German or Italian

Private Educational Institutions in Switzerland predominantly teach in English. Some    educational    programs    are    also    taught    in    one    of    the    country’s    main    official languages (German, French or Italian). The   schools   running   the   private   educational   market   in   Switzerland   include   some   of   the most   famous   and   oldest   in   the   country.   Great   efforts   are   made   to   maintain   the   quality standards   of   the   schools   which   attach   their   names   to   the   traditional   Swiss   quality   brand. In   Switzerland   about   200,000   pupils,   students,   and   apprentices,   from   a   wide   variety   of regions   within   the   country   and   from   over   100   other   countries   are   educated   in   private schools. The   private   schools   &   universities   of   Switzerland   offer   a   wide   variety   of   different   courses. Ranging     from     language     studies,     hospitality,     and     hotel     management     programs,     to Commercial management courses for BBA, MBA, Executive MBA and DBA degrees. Study   fees   are   notably   higher   than   public   schools,   and   the   academic   entry   prerequisites can   vary   greatly   from   institution   to   institution.   Meaning   that   it   is   up   to   the   student   to investigate which school they wish to attend. By    definition,    private    schools    &    universities    are    totally    independent    of    the    Swiss government.   Verification   of   their   educational   standards   is   usually   conducted   by   various external accreditation bodies and not the Swiss government. However,   degrees   from   distinguished   private   schools   &   universities   hold   a   lot   of   weight   in international   industries.   As   seen   in   the   hotel   industry,   Switzerland   has   a   long-standing tradition,    forming    a    high    percentage    of    the    world’s    top    hotel    managers.    The    most prestigious   of   these   schools   have   been   operating   for   over   100   years,   their   exemplary standards   and   already   well   established   reputations   gain   them   recognition   and   respect among the world’s leading hotel groups. Although   the   expected   level   of   command   of   English   may   vary   depending   on   the   school and,    above    all,    the    study    program    or    course,    the    usual    average    English    language requirement   you   will   be   required   to   have   to   study   in   Europe   is   550   points   (paper-based TOEFL   test),   or   213   points   (computer-based   TOEFL   test),   or   79-80   points   (internet-based TOEFL   test),   or   5.5   -   6.5   score   in   the   IELTS   test.   If   you   have   not   taken   either   the   TOEFL   or IELTS   tests   and   you   would   like   to   prove   your   level   of   knowledge   of   English   with   other exams,   you   will   need   to   prove   you   have   a   level   of   command   of   English   corresponding   to the B1/B2 level (intermediate).
The   SIEPS   Educational   Database   includes   some   of   the   most   significant,   internationally recognised and oldest private international schools and universities in Switzerland. Their   excellence   is   guaranteed   by   the   various   accreditation   levels   and   quality   labels   they have earned.
SIEPS   helps   students,   parents,   schools   and   universities   come   closer   together   by   providing an Educational Database comprised of: A   quality   oriented   list   of   some   of   the   oldest   and   most   prestigious   private   schools   and universities in Switzerland Including their respective educational programs offered A complete list of accreditation agencies An exhaustive list of affiliation bodies A list of degrees and what they mean to you
Accreditation   is   a   type   of   voluntary   quality   assurance   process   under   which   educational programs   are   evaluated   by   an   external   non-governmental   body   to   determine   if   applicable standards are met. If this is the case, the agency grants an accredited status. 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. Accreditation   also   permits   an   evaluation   on   an   international   level   regarding   recognition   or equivalency of the degree you receive.
Bachelor   of   Business   Administration   (BBA)?,   Master   of   Business   Administration   (MBA)?, Executive   MBA   (EMBA)?,   Master   in   International   Business   (MIB)?   Master   in   International Diplomacy? Which   educational   program   is   best   for   me?   What   is   the   difference?   How   can   I   quickly compare   educational   programs   offered   by   private   schools   and   universities   in   Switzerland? Even   better,   how   can   I   print   out   a   list   of   private   schools   and   universities   in   Switzerland   that match my specific requirements? The   degrees   offered   by   schools   and   universities   the   world   over   may   be   the   same   but   not all   educational   approaches   to   obtain   that   degree   are   the   same!   Each   private   school   or university   in   Switzerland   offers   their   specific   tailored   made   approach   to   education.   This approach   is   expressed   in   the way   they   adapt   their   educational   curriculum   in   order   to   meet their own respective standards of excellence.
An   academic   degree   is   a   college   or   university   diploma,   often   associated   with   a   title   and sometimes   associated   with   an   academic   position,   which   is   usually   awarded   in   recognition of   the   recipient   having   either   satisfactorily   completed   a   prescribed   course   of   study   or having   conducted   a   scholarly   endeavour   deemed   worthy   of   his   or   her   admission   to   the degree. Understanding   what   degree   is   right   for   you   can   be   a   daunting   task!   To   this   effect   SIEPS has    made    available    an    exhaustive    list    of    degrees    offered    by    private    schools    and universities in Switzerland. Browse and learn!  
An affiliation is not an accreditation process, but merely an association with another entity. The   main   advantage   of   affiliation   bodies   is   that   they   often   incorporate   an   international network   of   partners,   associates,   business   networks   and   professionals   in   various   industries and   therefore   offer   interesting   opportunities   for   students   to   enter   the   “real   world”   and   the international job market through their affiliates worldwide. Affiliation   bodies   can   also   include   a   select   and   alumni   group   of   dedicated   professionals or researchers that have affiliates in your area of interest for further study application.

International Schools

An     international     school     is     a     school     that     promotes     international     education,     in     an international     environment,     either     by     adopting     a     curriculum     such     as     that     of     the International    Baccalaureate,    Edexcel    or    Cambridge    International    Examinations,    or    by following a national curriculum different from that of the school's country of residence. Many   career   driven   parents   consider   international   schools   for   their   children   to   help   ease the   transition   between   institutions   when   moving   country.   Others   parents   wish   simply   to install in their children a strong sense and understanding on globality from an early age. Studies   have   shown   bi-   and   multilingual   studies   increase   a   child’s   mental   flexibility   and overall   play   a   positive   role   in   their   academic   success.   Not   to   mention   the   necessity   of   a second, or even third language in today’s competitive global arena. 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 entrance qualifications. As    of   January    2015,    the    International    Schools    Consultancy    (ISC)    listed    Switzerland    as having   105   international   schools.   ISC   defines   an   'international   school'   in   the   following terms:     "ISC    includes    an    international    school    if    the    school    delivers    a    curriculum    to    any combination   of   pre-school,   primary   or   secondary   students,   wholly   or   partly   in   English outside   an   English-speaking   country,   or   if   a   school   in   a   country where   English   is   one   of   the official   languages,   offers   an   English-medium   curriculum   other   than   the   country’s   national curriculum   and   is   international   in   its   orientation."   This   definition   is   used   by   publications including The Economist.  

International Business Schools

An   International   Business   School   is   a   university-level   institution   that   confers   degrees   in business   administration   or   management.   Such   a   school   can   also   be   known   as   school   of management,   school   of   business,   school   of   business   administration,   or,   colloquially,   b- school   or   biz   school.   An   International   Business   School   teaches   topics   such   as   accounting, administration,      strategy,      economics,      entrepreneurship,      finance,      human      resource management,      information      systems,      international      business,      logistics,      marketing, organizational    psychology,    organizational    behavior,    public    relations,    research    methods and real estate among others. In    addition    to    teaching    students,    many    International    Business    Schools    run    Executive Education   programs.   These   may   be   either   open   programs   or   company-specific   programs. Executives    may    also    acquire    a    MBA    title    in    an    Executive    MBA    program    within    an International    Business    School.    Many    International    Business    Schools    seek    close    co- operation with companies. There   are   3   main   accreditation   agencies   for   International   Business   Schools   in   the   United States.   ACBSP,   AACSB,   and   the   IACBE.   In   Europe,   the   EQUIS   accreditation   system   is   run   by the EFMD - The Management Development Network.

International Hotel Management Schools

Hospitality   management   is   the   study   of   the   hospitality   industry.   A   degree   in   the   subject may   be   awarded   either   by   a   university   college   dedicated   to   the   studies   of   hospitality management   or   a   business   school   with   a   relevant   department.   Degrees   in   hospitality management     may     also     be     referred     to     as     hotel     management,     hotel     and     tourism management,   or   hotel   administration.   Degrees   conferred   in   this   academic   field   include BA,    Bachelor    of    Business    Administration,    BS,    BASc,    MS,    MBA,    and    PhD.    Hospitality management    covers    hotels,    restaurants,    cruise    ships,    amusement    parks,    destination marketing organizations, convention centers, and country clubs. In   Switzerland,   hospitality   and   tourism   management   curricula   follow   similar   core   subject applications   to   that   of   a   business   degree,   but   with   a   focus   on   hospitality   management. Core    subject    areas    include    accounting,    administration,    finance,    information    systems, marketing,     human     resource     management,     public     relations,     strategy,     quantitative methods, and sectoral studies in the various areas of hospitality business.

International Boarding Schools

A   boarding   school   is   a   school   at   which   most   or   all   of   the   students   live   during   the   part   of the   year   that   they   go   to   lessons.   The   word   'boarding'   is   used   in   the   sense   of   "bed   and board,"   i.e.,   lodging   and   meals.   Some   boarding   schools   also   have   day   students who   attend the institution by day and return to their families in the evenings. Many   independent   (private)   schools   are   boarding   schools.   Boarding   school   pupils   (a.k.a. "boarders")   normally   return   home   during   the   school   holidays   and   often   weekends,   but   in some   cultures   may   spend   most   of   their   childhood   and   adolescent   life   away   from   their families.    In    Switzerland,    boarding    schools    comprise    various    grades,    most    commonly grades   seven   or   nine   through   grade   twelve—the   high   school   years.   Other   schools   are   for younger   children,   grades   two   through   eight.   A   military   school,   or   military   academy,   also features military education and training.   Some    Swiss    boarding    schools    offer    a    post-graduate    year    of    study    to    help    students prepare   for   college   entrance,   most   commonly   to   assimilate   foreign   students   to   Swiss culture and academics before college. The   Swiss   government   developed   a   strategy   of   fostering   private   boarding   schools   for foreign   students   as   a   business   integral   to   the   country's   economy.   Swiss   boarding   schools offer    instruction    in    several    major    languages    and    have    a    large    number    of    quality educational facilities.

Exams and Diplomas in Switzerland

International     schools     offer     students     either     nationally     or     internationally     recognised qualification. The   IB   and   GCE   (A   Levels)   are   both   internationally   recognised   and   are   almost always prerequisites for entry into top universities. The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and GCE (A Levels) The   IGCSE   is   a   UK-based   qualification   administered   by   different   exam   boards   such   as EDEXCEL,   OCR,   AQA,   WJEC   and   CIE.   It   is   equivalent   to   school   years   10   and   11.   IGCSE requires   students   to   study   and   take   exams   across   a   range   of   subjects   including   Maths, English,   Sciences   and   Humanities.   Students   who   complete   IGCSEs   have   the   option   of studying   for   their   A   Levels   (GCE)   which   are   recognised   by   universities   in   the   UK,   North America and Europe. The International Baccalaureate diploma (IB) The   International   Baccalaureate   originated   at   the   International   School   of   Geneva,   and today    over    1,700    schools    in    over    120    countries    offer    this    diploma.    It    is    considered equivalent    to    the    British    system    of   A    Levels,    and    caters    to    students    aged    16-19.   The diploma   requires   students   to   study   six   subjects   within   two   years,   as   well   as   additional academic courses in philosophy, creativity and service, and writing a final essay.

Types of International Education

1. INTERNATIONAL CURRICULUM a. International Curriculums, such as International Baccalaureate (IB) or International Primary and Middle School Curriculum (IPC, IMYC), is specifically designed to capitalize on global awareness and development. It uses "units of inquiry", or themes, to bridge different disciplines from the same basic topic. There is an emphasis on the learning process rather than on factual repetition. These schools are often strong in creative programs. The international approach emphasizes individual progression, so students work to their ability, which accommodates student differences with flexibility and tries to keep students within their age group. b. An International Business Curriculum, such as a Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA), a Master in Business Administration (MBA) or a Doctor in Business Administration (DBA) prepares the student with the right tools for the international world of business. The core courses in an International Business Curriculum cover various areas of business such as accounting, finance, marketing, human resources and operations in a manner most relevant to management analysis and strategy. Accreditation bodies specifically for International Business Curriculum programs ensure consistency and quality of education. Business schools in many countries offer programs tailored to full-time, part-time, executive, and distance learning students, many with specialized concentrations. c. An International Hotel Management Curriculum, Hospitality Management is the study of the hospitality industry. A degree in the subject may be awarded either by a university college dedicated to the studies of hospitality management or a business school with a relevant department. Degrees   in   hospitality   management   may   also   be   referred   to   as   hotel   management, hotel   and   tourism   management,   or   hotel   administration.   Degrees   conferred   in   this academic   field   include   BA,   Bachelor   of   Business   Administration,   BS,   MS,   MBA,   and PhD. Hospitality   management   covers   hotels,   restaurants,   cruise   ships,   amusement   parks, destination marketing organizations, convention centers, and country clubs. 2. NATIONAL CURRICULUM The   National   Curriculum   structure   is   modeled   after   your   home   country.   It   could   help   to ease   the   process   of   transferring   back   to   your   home   country,   whether   it   be   after   a   short   or a   long   stay   in   Switzerland.   Insistence   on   language   of   instruction   proficiency,   or   a   mother tongue   connection   to   the   language   in   the   family, will   often   distinguish   national   curriculum schools.    Nevertheless,    the    experience   will    be    adapted    to    accommodate    the    multiple nationalities in the student body. Schools   with   a   national   curriculum   are   often   more   open   to   the   local   culture,   introducing daily   instruction   in   the   local   language   in   parallel   to   the   home   country   program.   Students in    these    programs    therefore    take    on    extra    academic    loads,    in    addition    to    their    core program at home, that help them bridge to the local environment. Institutions   which    provide    national    curriculums,    often    place    some    emphasis    on    Swiss integration   for   their   students.   Meaning   that,   they   provide   your   home   country   program while    in    parallel    introducing    daily    instruction    in    the    local    language.    While    these curriculums   are   academically   heavier   for   students,   they   also   help   bridge   their   integration to the local environment.  3. BILINGUAL CURRICULUM The   interest   in   fully   bilingual   curriculums   has   considerably   increased   over   recent   years. Studies   which   attest   to   the   positive   impact   bilingual   studies   have   on   a   student’s   ability   to learn   and   assimilate   information   more   easily   are   at   the   forefront   of   these   developing curriculums. The   younger   the   student,   the   easier   it   is   to   adapt   to   a   bilingual   curriculum.   However,   the bilingual   approach   to   learning   is   available   to   students   of   all   ages.   With   the   right   initial dedication   while   the   student   acquires   the   basics   of   a   new   language,   anyone   can   fully adapt to these pioneering curriculums; the benefits of which far outweigh the extra work.

An environment for success

With   its   4   official   languages,   landscapes   of   immense   beauty, varied   climates   and   cultures, and   a   harmonious   political   environment,   for   sure   make   Switzerland   a   great   place   to   visit, but they also make it an even better place to study! 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. Switzerland    is    part    of    the    global    community    and    maintains    a    worldwide    network    of cooperations and partnerships in education and science. Switzerland    boasts    both    the    highest    number    of    registered    patents    in    all    European countries and one of the highest numbers of Nobel Prizes pro capita in the world. Switzerland   ranks   among   the   world’s   15   largest   economies   and   hosts   20   Fortune   500 companies.

Educational Rankings

In   1995   Switzerland   took   part   in   the   Trends   in   International   Mathematics   and   Science Study   (TIMSS)   assessment.   TIMSS   is   an   international   assessment   of   the   mathematics   and science    knowledge    of    fourth-    and    eighth-grade    students    around    the    world.    It    was developed   by   the   International   Association   for   the   Evaluation   of   Educational   Achievement (IEA)   to   allow   participating   nations   to   compare   students'   educational   achievement   across borders.   In   1995,   Switzerland   was   one   of   forty-one   nations   that   participated   in   the   study. They   did   not   participate   in   later   studies.   Among   8th   graders,   Switzerland   ranked   15th overall, 8th in math and 25th in science. A   National   Center   for   Education   Statistics   (NCES)   study   that   used   the   TIMSS   assessment among    12th    graders    found    similar    results.    The    Swiss    students    were    in    their    upper secondary   education   and   were   attending   either   a   gymnasium,   general   education,   teacher training   or   advanced   vocation   training.   In   math,   the   Swiss   scored   a   540   (the   average   score was   500),   and   were   3rd   out   of   21.   Their   science   score   was   523,   which   was   8th   out   of   21.   In physics,   they   scored   488   (the   average   was   501)   and   were   tied   for   9th   place   out   of   16.   The advanced mathematics score was 533 which was 3rd out of 16. The     World     Economic     Forum's     Global     Competitiveness     Report     for     2010-11     ranked Switzerland   as   first   overall.   Under   the   fifth   pillar   of   the   report,   Higher   education   and training,   the   Swiss   had   a   score   of   5.79,   which   is   the   fourth   highest   among   all   the   countries surveyed.

   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? 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   thatthe 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.

   Affiliation Bodies and Recognition

Many   schools   will   advertise   their   recognition   by   an   affiliation   with   Swiss   or   international organisations,   mainly   in   the   United   Kingdom   and   the   United   States.   This   can   be   confusing for   a   student   in   search   of   the   best   possible   school   and   more   precise   information   on   this should be requested. An   affiliation   is   not   an   accreditation   recognition!    Accreditation   is   not   affiliation!   Some affiliation    bodies    are    accredited    but    an    affiliation    body    cannot    accredit    a    school    or university!   This   confusing   but   important   difference   is   widely   abused   in   the   educational industry worldwide and must be interpreted with the most acute attention. The   affiliations with   organisations   and   other   schools   abroad   can   be very   beneficial   as   they may   enable   a   student   to   transfer   to   other   schools   without   loosing   any   credits.   Academic recognition   and   acceptance   in   prestigious   universities   also   proves   excellence   in   teaching and in the program of the school in question. Generally,   the   Swiss   Federal   authorities   (the   central   government)   do   not   "recognise"   any private   school,   as   education   is   the   prerogative   of   the   Canton.   Therefore,   local   authorities (cantonal    level),    ensuring    that    certain    standards    of    quality    are    respected,    may    grant certain   forms   of   recognition   to   the   schools. As   all   commercial   enterprises   in   Switzerland,   a school   also   has   to   be   registered   in   the   commercial   registers   of   the   Canton.   This   is   not, however,   an   official   recognition   of   the   school,   Remarks   such   as   "School   recognised”   or “accredited   by   the   Swiss   Government   or   authorities"   are   thus   sometimes   misleading.   In such a case, one should exert caution with that school. Likewise,   the   mentioning   "Swiss”   in   the   name   of   some   schools,   as   well   as   the   use   of   the Swiss   cross   in   the   school's   logo   refer   strictly   to   the   geographical   location   of   the   school and    has    no    association    whatsoever    with    an    official    recognition    of    that    school    or    its diploma.

Alumni Association

An Alumni Association    is   an   association   of   graduates   or,   more   broadly,   of   former   students (alumni).   In   the   United   Kingdom   and   the   United   States,   alumni   of   universities,   colleges, schools   (especially   independent   schools),   fraternities,   and   sororities   often   form   groups with alumni from the same organization. Alumni   associations   often   organise   social   events,   publish   newsletters   or   magazines,   and raise   funds   for   the   organisation.   Many   provide   a   variety   of   benefits   and   services   that   help alumni   maintain   connections   to   their   educational   institution   and   fellow   graduates.   In   the US,   most   associations   do   not   require   its   members   to   be   an   alumnus   of   a   university   to enjoy membership and privileges. Additionally,   such   groups   often   support   new   alumni,   and   provide   a   forum   to   form   new friendships and business relationships with people of similar background. Alumni     associations     are     mainly     organised     around     universities     or     departments     of universities,   but   may   also   be   organised   among   students   that   studied   in   a   certain   country. In   the   past,   they   were   often   considered   to   be   the   university's   or   school's   old   boy   society (or   old   boys   network).   Today,   alumni   associations   involve   graduates   of   all   age   groups   and demographics. Some    alumni    associations    also    run    placement    services    for    students    who    have    just graduated. This could be an important factor to finding your first job opportunity.

English language requirement to study in Switzerland

The    English    language    requirement    to    Study    in    Switzerland    varies    between    different programs   and   educational   institutions.   As   a   general   guide   line,   if   English   is   not   a   mother tongue, schools require a minimum of: 550 points (paper based TOEFL test) 213 points (computer-based TOEFL test) 80 points (internet-based TOEFL test) 5.5 to 6.5 IELTS score These   test   scores   are   used   to   demonstrate   an   English   B1   /   B2   level   to   the   educational institution you are interested in joining. Should   your   test   results   not   meet   these   requirements,   it   is   prudent   to   contact   the   school of    interest    before    deciding    to    not    apply.    Private    institutions    are    often    flexible    with language    requirement    in    that    they    either    offer    you    an    opportunity    to    improve    your language   skills   during   the   course   of   your   studies   or   provide   integrated   language   courses for their students before entering the main program.

How to apply for university studies in Switzerland

The    first    step    after    having    identified    a    University    in    Switzerland,    is    submitting    your application   form.   The   University   of   choice   will   cross   reference   your   application   against their   entrance   requirements   to   see   whether   you   are   eligible   for   the   course   you   wish   to peruse. An application made from a foreign student general consists of: 1 . The   filled-in   application    form   for   the   selected   study   program   or   course.   Most   schools in Switzerland have online application systems. 2 . A recent passport-sized photo . 3 . A notarized copy of your foreign certificates . For   students   applying   for   undergraduate   (first   cycle)   courses,   a   notarized   copy   of   your school leaving certificate is required. For    students    applying    for    graduate    (second    cycle)    courses,    a    notarized    copy    of   your bachelor’s degree is required. For   students   applying   for   postgraduate   (third   cycle)   courses,   a   notarized   copy   of   your master’s diploma is required.
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Finding a suitable Private School or University in Switzerland

For   international   students   finding   a   suitable   private   school   or   university   in   Switzerland   can be   a   very   time   consuming   process.   Furthermore,   the   amount   of   degrees,   educational programs,   diplomas,   entrance   requirements,   language   requirements,   accreditation   and affiliation agencies, and what they all mean to you can be overwhelming! THE ANSWER: SIEPS! SIEPS   recommends   educational   programs   of   only   those   private   educational   institutions which   SIEPS   has   visited   and   with   which   SIEPS   has   drawn   up   a   collaboration   agreement that   guarantees   transparency   with   regard   to   faculty   members,   class   size,   nationality   mix, grading   system,   class   attendance,   recreational   activities   and   boarding   house   facilities   to mention only a few examples.

International High Schools

A   Secondary   School   or   a   High   School   is   both   an   organisation   that   delivers   level   2   junior secondary   education   or   level   3   (Upper)   secondary   education   phases   of   the   ISCED   scale, and   the   building   where   this   takes   place.   Level   2   junior   secondary   education   is   considered to   be   the   second   and   final   phase   of   basic   education.   Secondary   schools   typically   follow on   from   primary   schools   and   lead   into   vocational   and   tertiary   education.   Attendance   is compulsory   in   most   countries   for   students   between   the   ages   11   and   16.   The   systems   and terminology remain unique to each country.

International Junior Schools

A   Junior   School   is   a   type   of   school   which   provides   primary   education   to   children,   often   in the   age   range   from   8   and   12,   following   attendance   at   Infant   school   which   covers   the   age range 5-7. As   both   Infant   and   Junior   Schools   are   giving   Primary   Education   pupils   are   commonly placed   in   a   unified   building   housing   the   age   ranges   of   both   Infants   and Juniors   -   a   Primary school.

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