Pupils and Students

What's new?

In focus

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.

At a glance

Further information


On this topic

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


Federal Statistical Office Sections Educational Processes, Education System
Espace de l'Europe 10
CH-2010 Neuch√Ętel
+41 58 483 93 61

Monday to Friday
09.00-12.00 and 13.30-16.30


Our English pages offer only a limited range of information on our statistical production. For our full range please consult our pages in French and German (top right hand screen).