Pupils and Students

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Compulsory education

In 2018/19, almost 955 000 pupils participated in compulsory education, representing an increase of 4,6% compared with 2010/11.


Tertiary education - Higher education institutions

The number of students at higher education institutions (UIT, UAS or UTE) increased by 25% during the last ten years. In 2019/20, about 260 000 students are enrolled at a Swiss higher education institution.

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Compulsory education

Primary level 1-2, primary level 3-8, lower secondary, special education programme

Upper secondary education

Vocational education and training (VET), general education

Tertiary level - Advanced professional education and training (PET)

Professional education and training colleges, preparation for federal and advanced federal PET diploma examinations

Tertiary education - Higher education institutions

Students, entrances, intensity of study, student mobility within Switzerland

Social and Economic Conditions of Student Life

Students' living and study conditions


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