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2019 Swiss University Rankings - Top Choices for Postgraduate Study

Situated at the heart of Europe, Switzerland is famously multicultural. Its higher education system reflects this diversity, with three main teaching languages (French, German and Italian), as well as plenty of postgraduate courses taught in English.

Swiss universities are home to nearly 50,000 international students and have a reputation research excellence and fantastic resources – Switzerland has one of the highest rates of Nobel prizes per capita in the world.

These factors are reflected by Switzerland’s impressive performance in international university league tables, which this page will summarise.

Top Ranked Swiss Universities

The following table lists the best 10 universities in Switzerland in 2019, according to global rankings.

This information is based on the latest rankings tables, researched and published by Times Higher Education, QS and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

Each ranking system uses its own methodology, with different factors having more or less influence on a university's result.

For more information on using international rankings as a postgraduate, see our guide.

Top 10 Swiss Universities in 2019
University THE 2019 QS 2019 ARWU 2018
ETH Zurich 11 7 19
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne 35 22 81
University of Zurich =90 78 54
University of Basel 103 =160 96
University of Bern =110 139 101-150
University of Geneva =135 108 59
University of Lausanne =176 =149 101-150
University of Fribourg 201-250 601-650 301-400
University of St Gallen 401-500 375 -
University of Neuchätel 501-600 - -
Information in this table is based on the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings and Academic Ranking of World Universities. Visit their websites for more information.

How do rankings work for Masters study?

International rankings use all sorts of metrics to assess universities and they aren't all equally relevant to postgraduate study. That's why we've put together a guide to university rankings for Masters students.

So, how good are Swiss universities for Masters study?

Switzerland may only have 12 research-led universities, but the country is well-represented across all three major global rankings. Indeed, its STEM-focussed institutions are among the very best in the world.

English is commonly the language of choice at postgraduate level in Switzerland, so don’t be put off if you’re not fluent in one of the three main teaching languages! As a full member of the EU’s research and education programmes, Switzerland makes for an attractive environment in which to study a Masters.

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Last updated 02/10/2018

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