A guide to the Swiss educational system
A guide to the Swiss educational system
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A guide to the Swiss educational system

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By Robin Hull, lic.phil. Dip RSA

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Who this guide is for

  • international families who see their long-term future in Switzerland and are planning to or are already sending their children to Swiss schools
  • not intended for expat families who are only spending a few years in Switzerland and will quite rightly have chosen international schools

Aims of the guide

  • compare the educational systems of Switzerland and the UK
  • offer help in coping with Swiss education and the differences in school culture and curriculum.
  • identify the neuralgic points in the Swiss educational system, when the academic elite is selected for elite schools (“Gymnasium”/“lycée”/“liceo”)
  • show who does well in Swiss elite schools and who might encounter problems
  • explain why children from international families often struggle to get into Gymnasium
  • provide advice for those who do not fit the mould of Swiss Gymnasium and show little or no interest in apprenticeships
  • show the relative merits of the Swiss Matura, IGCSE / A-levels and the IB
  • compare Swiss – with UK universities and offer advice on how to get in
  • provide helpful information for students with special needs