Student mobility within Switzerland

Students are usually enrolled at a single higher education institution, where they complete the majority of their studies. Additionally, they may attend courses at a host higher education institution in Switzerland. The latter is defined as student mobility within Switzerland. Mobility may be compulsory or optional, ranging from a single course to an entire exchange semester or year. The data concern mobility only within Switzerland: international mobility (such as Erasmus) is not included.

Percentage of mobile students by gender and age class, since 2015/16
  2015/16 2017/18 2019/20 2021/22
Total 4.0 3.7 3.8 3.8
Male 4.1 3.8 3.8 3.9
Female 4.0 3.7 3.7 3.8
Age class        
less than 20 years 1.7 1.7 2.0 1.8
20-24 years
3.8 3.4 3.5 3.9
25-29 years
5.4 5.2 5.1 4.9
30-39 years
4.6 4.2 4.0 3.7
40 years or older 3.0 3.2 3.2 2.7
Source: FSO - SHIS-studex, ASBOS

There were only slight differences in mobility behaviour between the genders: the discrepancy in the observed years of study amounted to maximum 0.1 percentage points.

However, mobility behaviour varied greatly depending on a student’s age. A similar pattern was observed in all years examined. Under-20-year-olds were the least mobile. Between 1.7% and 2.0% of them attended a course at a host higher education institution. In contrast, the highest mobility rate was recorded in the 25- to 29-year-old age group (4.9% to 5.4%). The mobility rate then declined steadily among students over the age of 30.

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