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Best universities in Switzerland 2024

Find the top universities in Switzerland, using Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2024 data

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October 20 2024
Best universities in Switzerland


Top five universities in Switzerland 2024

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Switzerland 2024 Rank  World University Rank 2024   World University Rank 2023  University City
1  11   =11  ETH Zurich Zurich
2  33   41  École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Lausanne
3  80   =82  University of Zurich Zurich
4  =116   94  University of Bern Bern
5  =123   =101  University of Basel Basel

Despite being a small country nestled in the centre of Europe, Switzerland has many great opportunities for international students. 

With all 13 universities featured in the World University Rankings, there are a number of great institutions that students can choose from that all have high numbers of international students among the student body. 

On top of that, studying in Switzerland offers students the chance to brush up on language skills in one of the country’s four official languages (French, German, Italian and Romansh), as well as take advantage of the many international businesses that operate in the country. 

EU and EEA students do not require a visa to study in Switzerland, and students from elsewhere will need to apply for a visa, leaving a few months for the process to complete. 

These are the best universities in Switzerland based on the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024

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5. University of Basel

The University of Basel, founded in 1460, is the oldest university in Switzerland and is among the world’s oldest surviving universities. 

Up to a quarter of students that study at the university are international. 

The university has seven faculties: theology, law, medicine, humanities and social sciences, science, business and economics, and psychology.

4.University of Bern

The University of Bern is based in the Swiss capital city of Bern. 

Its faculties and schools are based in the Länggasse area, which is a part of the city centre known as the academic part of the city. 

The university has had some prestigious former faculty members. Albert Einstein taught theoretical physics at the university in 1908, and the following year the Russian philospher Anna Tumarkin became a professor (and the first European lecturer to accept PhD students).

3. University of Zurich

The University of Zurich is located in the city of Zurich, the largest city in Switzerland.

It is also the largest university in Switzerland. 

There are seven faculties at the university: theology, law, business, economics and informatics, medicine, arts and social sciences, science, and veterinary medicine.

Undergraduate degrees are mainly taught in Swiss Standard German, but all master’s courses are taught in English. 

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2. École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne is a highly international university with almost half of its students coming from abroad and 112 different nationalities represented. 

It specialises in natural science and engineering and is well-regarded across the world for its research output. 

The campus is located beside Lake Geneva and it is powered entirely by electricity produced by hydropower. 

1. ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich was established in 1855 as the Federal Polytechnic School and has since become one of the world’s most prestigious science and technology universities. 

The university has produced over 20 Nobel Prize Laureates, including Albert Einstein – one of the most influential and well-known scientists of modern times. 

As well as providing excellence in science and technology education, the university is also a key contributor in science and technology research. 

Best universities in Switzerland 2024

Click each institution to view its World University Ranking 2024 profile

Switzerland 2024 Rank  World University Rank 2024   World University Rank 2023  University City
1  11   =11  ETH Zurich Zurich
2  33   41  École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Lausanne
3  80   =82  University of Zurich Zurich
4  =116   94  University of Bern Bern
5  =123   =101  University of Basel Basel
6  =143   135  University of Lausanne Lausanne
7  183   201–250  University of Geneva Gen
8  251–300   201–250  Università della Svizzera italiana Lugano
9  351–400   301–350  University of St Gallen St. Gallen
=10  401–500   501–600  University of Fribourg Fribourg
=10  401–500   501–600  University of Neuchâtel Neuchâtel
12  801–1000   NR  ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences Zurich
13  1001–1200   801–1000  University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Western Switzerland Delemonte

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