International schools in Switzerland
If you're living in Switerland, here's a list of international schools in Switzerland to enrol your child into the education system in Switzerland.
Both local and international school systems in Switzerland offer excellent facilities and educational opportunities for students. Considerations for choosing between a local or international school include length of stay in Switzerland, age of student, priority of local integration, language preference, and scheduling. Swiss school options tend to be most appropriate for younger students, who can maintain their English in the home environment, and for students who do not require an equal development of both languages on a written level. It is recommended that families choose one system for all children to maintain compatible daily and vacation schedules.
Switzerland has 38 international schools, which together form the Swiss Group of International Schools (SGIS) www.sgischools.com. With a reputation for high teaching standards and strict discipline, Swiss international schools are among the best in the world.
Exams and diplomas in Switzerland
International schools offer students either nationally or internationally recognised qualification. The IB and GCE (A Levels) are both internationally recognised and are almost always prerequisites for entry into top universities.
The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and GCE (A Levels)
The IGCSE is a UK-based qualification administered by different exam boards such as EDEXCEL, OCR, AQA, WJEC and CIE. It is equivalent to school years 10 and 11. IGCSE requires students to study and take exams across a range of subjects including Maths, English, Sciences and Humanities. Students who complete IGCSEs have the option of studying for their A Levels (GCE) which are recognised by universities in the UK, North America and Europe.
The International Baccalaureate diploma (IB)
The International Baccalaureate originated at the International School of Geneva, and today over 1,700 schools in over 120 countries offer this diploma. It is considered equivalent to the British system of A Levels, and caters to students aged 16-19. The diploma requires students to study six subjects within two years, as well as additional academic courses in philosophy, creativity and service, and writing a final essay.
International schools in Gstaad
Gstaad, located in the Bernese Mountains, is known for its schools' high quality of teaching. Many families move here for their children's education and the proximity to both Berne and Geneva.
Institut Le Rosey
A Swiss boarding school with a strong tradition of academic excellence, Le Rosey consists of two campuses: Rolle in autumn and spring, and Gstaad in the winter. www.rosey.ch
John F. Kennedy International School
The John F. Kennedy International School is an English-language boarding and day school for children between five and 15 years old. The student body is made up of 65 students from over 20 different countries. www.jfk.ch
International schools throughout Switzerland
The International School of Berne is an English-language school offering three- to 19-year-old students the International Baccalaureate programme. www.isberne.ch
- The International School of Geneva: www.ecolint.ch
- Collège du Léman: www.cdl.ch
- The British School of Geneva is an English school in the centre of Geneva following the English national curriculum from the primary section to the A levels (5–19 years). www.britishschoolgeneva.ch
Brillantmont International School, located in the centre of Lausanne, is a family-owned boarding school for male and female students between 12 and 18 years old. www.brillantmont.ch
GEMS World Academy-Etoy is situated in Etoy, between Geneva and Lausanne. It opened in September 2013, initially from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 9 (ages 3–15). In January 2014, it opened its nursery section for children from age two. The school intends to offer the IB curriculum in English, and is currently a candidate school* for the PYP and an interested school* for the MYP Programmes. In due course, it intends to offer the IBDP and IBCC. The school will also pursue authorisation as an IB World School. www.gemsworldacademy-etoy.com
The International School of Schaffhausen is an IB world school and offers all three IB programmes – primary years, middle years and diploma programme – for 3 to 18 years old, leading to the IB diploma that gives access to universities worldwide. The school campus comprises separate primary and secondary school buildings and a sports hall. www.issh.ch
The International School Winterthur teaches four- to 16-year-olds of over 34 nationalities. www.iswinterthur.ch
The International School of Zug and Luzern is a day school spread over three campuses in and around Zug. Boys and girls are offered the International Baccalaureate programme. www.iszl.ch
- The Japanese School Zurich: www.jszurich.ch
- Swiss International School: www.international-school.ch
- Zurich International School: www.zis.ch
Zurich International School
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International School of Zurich based in Thalwil (for young children) and Wadenswil