The Swiss education system

In the multilingual and federally structured Switzerland the 26 cantons have the primary responsibility for education. Compulsory education is largely rooted in the cantons and local municipalities. In post-compulsory education the cantons and the federal authorities each have their own responsibilities.

Points of contact

Cantons: The national coordination authority is the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education EDK. A list of the 26 cantonal education departments may be found here.
Confederation: The point of contact at federal level is the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI

The key facts in brief

Swiss Education System: Detailed descriptions

Teaching profession and professions in special education

Education statistics and education research

  • Educational statistics
    The Swiss Federal Statistical Office (FSO) is responsible for the national education statistics.
  • Education research
    The Swiss Coordination Centre for Research in Education (SKBF) publishes information on education research in Switzerland. The Swiss Education Report 2018 may also be found here.

Founding of education

Switzerland and Europe

  • Eurydice
    Information of the education systems of 38 european countries


IDES, the information and documentation centre of the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education
+41 (0)31 309 51 00