For academics

swissnex Brazil strengthens the academic relations between Switzerland and Brazil by:

  • Supporting the Brazilian-Swiss Joint Research Program (The University of St.Gallen is the Leading House for the Latin American Region, granting incentives and developing joint research cooperation projects)
  • Supporting collaboration and networks through organizing talks, workshops, seminars, conferences
  • Hosting and advising academic delegations
  • Organizing Alumni events and supporting the network
  • Connecting and enabling research and cooperation between Swiss and Brazilian universities


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Related information: Swiss educational ecosystem

einstThe Swiss educational system is as varied and exciting as the Swiss landscape. Mirroring the diversity of languages, culturesand history in Switzerland, it is built on a complex interplay between the Confederation, the cantons and the communes. While the Swiss Constitution guarantees autonomy to the country’s 26 cantons in the area of education, the FederalGovernment and cantons share responsibilities on higher education and on the tertiary level. The Confederation is responsible both for advanced vocational training and for the universities of applied sciences. In addition, it has jurisdiction over the two Federal Institutes of Technology and regulates and promotes research through the Swiss National Science Foundation (FNS). Each of the 10 university cantons is responsible for its cantonal university. Cantonal universities receive financial support from the Confederation and from those cantons which do not have their own university.

Higher education in Switzerland comprises academic studies at the 10 cantonal universities and the 2 Federal Institutes of Technology, at the more professionally-oriented universities of applied sciences and at the universities of teacher education. A few more University-level institutions are considered public institutions of higher education.

With their different histories, approaches, and research focus, as well as their language diversity, the 10 cantonal universities and the 2 Federal Institutes of Technology are poised to usher a multicultural Switzerland into the future. They all share a drive for quality in teaching and research, an ambition for excellence, the flexibility to cater to a multitude of demands, and the foresight to anticipate future requirements and challenges. This results in their consistently being ranked among the best universities in the world.

Top ranked universities in Switzerland

Universities of Applied Sciences

1. Zurich University of Applied Sciences & Arts (ZFH)

• Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)
• Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)
• Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration (HWZ)

2. University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Western Switzerland (HES-SO)

The HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Western Switzerland (HES-SO Haute école spécialisée de Suisse occidentale) comprises 28 institutions of higher education. Its various study streams and research activities fall into six faculties: Design and Fine Arts; Business, Management and Services; Engineering and Architecture; Music and Performing Arts; Health; and Social Work.

HES-SO HE ARC (Berne, Jura, Neuchâtel)
• Haute école de conservation-restauration
• Haute école de gestion (HEG)
• Haute école d’ingénierie (EI)
• Haute école de Santé (HEdS)
• Conservatoire de Neuchâtel (COF)

HES-SO Fribourg
• Haute école d’ingénierie et d’architecture de Fribourg (HEIA-FR)
• Haute école de gestion (HEG-FR)
• Haute école de santé (HEdS)
• Haute école fribourgeoise de travail social (HEF-TS)
• Conservatoire de Fribourg (COF)

HES-SO Genève
• Haute école d’art et de design de Genève (HEAD)
• Haute école du Paysage, d’Ingénierie et d’Architecture (Hepia)
• Haute école de gestion (HEG)
• Haute école de santé (HEdS)
• Haute école de travail social (HETS)
• Haute école de musique (HEM)

HES-SO Valais-Wallis
• École cantonale d’art du Valais (ECAV)
• Conservatoire supérieur et Académie de musique Tibor Varga]] – HEMVs
• Haute école de gestion & Tourisme (HEGT)
• Haute école de travail social (HETS)
• Haute école de santé (HES)
• Haute école d’ingénierie (HEI)

• Vaud School of Business and Engineering (French: Haute école d’ingénierie et de gestion du canton de Vaud, HEIG-VD)
• École cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL)
• Haute école de la santé – La Source (HEdS)
• Haute école de la santé Vaud (HESAV)
• Haute école de travail social et de la santé (EESP)
• Haute école de musique de Lausanne (HEMU)

Hautes écoles privées
• Haute école de viticulture et oenologie de Changins
• École hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL)
• Haute école de théâtre de Suisse romande – La Manufacture (HETSR)
• Les Roches International School of Hotel Management – only programs held under LRG-UAS (Les Roches-Gruyères University of Applied Science)

3. Fachhochschule Ostschweiz (FHO)

• HTW Chur
• FHS St. Gallen
• HSR Rapperswil
• NTB Buchs

4. Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH)

• Swiss Federal Institute of Sports Magglingen (IFISM)
• Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering
• Bern University of the Arts
• Engineering and Information Technology
• Business, Health and Social Work
• School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences

5. University of Applied Sciences & Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW)

• FHNW School of Applied Psychology
• FHNW School of Business
• FHNW School of Education
• FHNW School of Engineering
• FHNW School of Life Sciences
• FHNW School of Social Work

6. Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU)

• The Lucerne School of Engineering and Architecture
• Lucerne School of Business
• Lucerne School of Art and Design
• Lucerne School of Information Technology
• Lucerne School of Social Work
• Lucerne School of Music

7. Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana (SUPSI)

• FabLab Lugano
• Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence (IDSIA)
• Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana
• Fernfachhochschule Schweiz
• Accademia Teatro Dimitri

8. Kalaidos Fachhochschule (Private)