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2020 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 2020, 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 2020
University THE 2020 QS 2020 ARWU 2019
ETH Zurich =13 6 19
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne =38 =18 78
University of Zurich 90 76 61
University of Basel =94 151 87
University of Bern =113 123 101-150
University of Geneva =144 110 58
University of Lausanne =198 153 151-200
University of Fribourg 301-350 - 401-500
Università della Svizzera Italiana 301-350 - -
University of St Gallen 401-500 =398 -
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 30/09/2019

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