The ten cantonal universities, both federal institutes of technology and several other institutions of higher education form together the universities and institutes of technology (UIT). The main services offered by the UIT are teaching and research across seven broad areas: humanities and social sciences, economics, law, natural sciences, medicine and pharmacology, engineering sciences and an interdisciplinary field.
Generally, master rather than bachelor degrees are more appealing to foreign nationals who come to study in Switzerland. At the universities and institutes of technology, this observation is also valid but above all doctoral studies are preferred by this group. The percentage of foreign entrants educated abroad at doctoral level increased from 36% at the start of the 2000s to 58% in 2022/23.
|Total||Total||% Female||% Foreign|
|Humanities and social sciences||5 183||46 800||68.7||27.2|
|Economics||2 936||22 679||35.5||37.1|
|Law||2 030||16 590||61.5||19.4|
|Exact and natural sciences||4 736||33 894||39.9||45.6|
|Medecine and pharmacy||2 286||21 675||64.1||24.5|
|Engineering, architecture||2 631||21 281||32.3||47.6|
|Interdisciplinary and other||429||4 829||47.2||26.8|
|Total||20 231||167 748||51.9||33.7|
In 2022/23, more than 167 700 students pursued a university education. Humanities and social sciences attracted the largest number of students (28%). The percentages of men and women do differ by fields of study. Although women make up 69% of people in education in the humanities and social sciences, they account for 32% in the engineering sciences. The number of foreign students is highest in engineering, architecture (48%) and in exact and natural sciences (46%) and lowest in law (19%) and in medecine and pharmacy (25%).
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