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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.
The following table lists the best 10 universities in Switzerland in 2019, according to global rankings.
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.
|University||THE 2019||QS 2019||ARWU 2018|
|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.|
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.
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.
Ready to start looking for your ideal study abroad opportunity? Browse and compare Masters degrees in Switzerland on FindAMasters.com.
Last updated 02/10/2018