Understanding Swiss Education System

Today, we have the information about the Swiss Education System for you! You could look at the infographic down below or the description in the table. Let’s see the differences. Are they the same as us or not? Now, It’s time to scroll down.

Swiss Education System
Original Source: grafik_bildung_e (educa.ch)

 

Description Table

Levels Ages Details
Compulsory education
Kindergarten 4 y/o Kids will learn through play-based learning, and each canton has its own criteria.
Primary education 4-8 y/o Kids start to learn basic Mathematics and teachers will teach other basic subjects to kids, too. Kids will learn social manners, During the age of 4-8, they will learn together, so it is called the first learning cycle.
Lower secondary education 9-11 y/o

(13-15 years old)

This level of education is also known as “gymnasium.” It is when students start to learn their mother language, and the English language as well. Most of them speak at least two languages. Students will also study mathematics and science. The grades are from 1 to 6. At the end of each year, students have to take the examination for promoting them to the next year.
Optional education/ Non-compulsory education Years
Upper secondary education
4-6
Vocational courses are popular for students in Switzerland. Normally, it takes 2-4 years for studying.
Baccalaureate schools are considered high schools. Students will study the same subjects as lower secondary education, but it will be advanced and upgraded. It also has additional subjects including Laws and Economics for students. The grade criteria are the same as the lower secondary education. It normally takes 3-6 years for learning until graduation.
Upper secondary specialized schools 3 Baccalaureate schools are considered high schools. Students will study the same subjects as lower secondary education, but it will be advanced and upgraded. It also has additional subjects including Laws and Economics for students. The grade criteria are the same as the lower secondary education. It normally takes 3-6 years for learning until graduation. After they finished all subjects, they have to choose 6 subjects for testing. If students pass all the tests, they will get the certificate and they can pursue the next degree at the tertiary level.
Tertiary
Bachelor’s degree 3 Students can choose to study in a specific course according to their interests.
Master’s degree 2 Students must be graduated with a bachelor’s degree.

Source: Education in Switzerland: Here’s What You Need To Know (studyinginswitzerland.com)

Related Vocabulary:

  1. Compulsory Education
  2. Kindergarten
  3. Primary education
  4. Upper secondary education
  5. A  vocational school
  6. A Baccalaureate school
  7. Upper secondary specialized schools
  8. Tertiary education
  9. University
  10. Institute
  11. Public School
  12. Private School
  13. Equivalent
  14. Lower secondary education
  15. Certificate
  16. Bachelor Degree
  17. Master’s degree
  18. PhD
  19. Undergraduate
  20. Diploma

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