Universities in Switzerland
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Switzerland
28 out of 38
  • Universities in Switzerland
  • Ranked in at least one ranking
25
  • Different Rankings list
  • Universities in Switzerland
  • (18 institution and 7 subject rankings)
30
  • Global Rankings rank
  • Universities in Switzerland
  • Among TOP 200

For business studies see our separate ranking of business schools in Switzerland

Latest ranking updates related to universities in Switzerland
  • 19 Jan, 2022: THE World’s Most International Universities - Times Higher Education updated with Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich ranked highest among 3 listed universities in Switzerland.
  • 15 Dec, 2021: Urap published most recent results of URAP World Ranking - University Ranking by Academic Performance. Includes 9 universities from Switzerland.
  • 24 Nov, 2021: Publication of THE Global University Employability Ranking - Times Higher Education. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich with highest ranking among universities in Switzerland ranked #11.
  • 28 Oct, 2021: THE Times Higher Education, UK published most recent results of THE World Reputation Rankings - Times Higher Education. Includes 3 universities from Switzerland.

Highest subject rankings of universities in Switzerland

Earth & Marine Sciences
#1 
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich
Civil Engineering
#2 
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich
Dentistry
#3 
University of Bern
Computer Science
#4 
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich
Agriculture & Forestry
#6 
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich
Mathematics
#8 
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich
Communication & Media Studies
#16 
University of Zurich
Architecture
#19 
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich
Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies
#23 
University of Zurich
Art & Design
#35 
Zurich University of the Arts

Rankings of universities in Switzerland 2022

#1

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich

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  • #1 
  • #15 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #1 
  • #8 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 08 June, 2021]
  • #1 
  • #35 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#2

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

Student satisfaction: 4.7 / 5.0 (432 reviews)
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  • #2 
  • #40 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #2 
  • #14 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 08 June, 2021]
  • #2 
  • #79 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#3

University of Zurich

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (400 reviews)
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  • #3 
  • #75 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #3 
  • #70 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 08 June, 2021]
  • #3 
  • #97 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]



#4

University of Basel

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (363 reviews)
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  • #5 
  • #103 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #6 
  • #138 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 08 June, 2021]
  • #6 
  • #202 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#5

University of Bern

Student satisfaction: 4.6 / 5.0 (285 reviews)
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  • #4 
  • #101 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #5 
  • #119 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 08 June, 2021]
  • #4 
  • #171 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#6

University of Lausanne

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (322 reviews)
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  • #6 
  • #176 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #7 
  • #176 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 08 June, 2021]
  • #7 
  • #227 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#7

University of Geneva

  • #7 
  • #197 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #4 
  • #105 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 08 June, 2021]
  • #4 
  • #101 
US News: Best Global Universities
[Published 25 October, 2021]


#8

Università della Svizzera italiana

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (256 reviews)
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  • #9 
  • #301 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #8 
  • #240 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 08 June, 2021]
  • #9 
  • #408 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#9

University of Fribourg

Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (90 reviews)
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  • #10 
  • #401 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #10 
  • #561 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 08 June, 2021]
  • #8 
  • #369 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#10

University of St. Gallen

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (289 reviews)
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  • #8 
  • #301 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #9 
  • #459 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 08 June, 2021]
  • #14 
  • #542 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#11

University of Neuchâtel

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (144 reviews)
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  • #11 
  • #601 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #10 
  • #483 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #10 
  • #795 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 10 June, 2021]


#12

University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Western Switzerland

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  • #13 
  • #501 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #12 
  • #1557 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 10 June, 2021]
  • #19 
  • #2854 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#13

University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Northwestern Switzerland

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (67 reviews)
  • #11 
  • #489 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #13 
  • #1666 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 10 June, 2021]
  • #13 
  • #1400 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#14

Bern University of Applied Sciences

Student satisfaction: 3.4 / 5.0 (14 reviews)
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  • #15 
  • #556 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #14 
  • #2123 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 10 June, 2021]
  • #14 
  • #1735 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#15

Zurich University of Applied Sciences

Student satisfaction: 3.6 / 5.0 (57 reviews)
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  • #12 
  • #491 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #16 
  • #3140 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 10 June, 2021]
  • #12 
  • #1181 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#16

Lucerne University of Applied Sciences

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (31 reviews)
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  • #17 
  • #580 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #17 
  • #3367 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 10 June, 2021]
  • #17 
  • #2358 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#17

University of Lucerne

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (83 reviews)
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  • #16 
  • #576 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #9 
  • #675 
RUR Reputation Ranking
[Published 16 September, 2021]
  • #9 
  • #511 
RUR World University Rankings
[Published 27 April, 2021]

#18

University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland

  • #11 
  • #1553 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 10 June, 2021]
  • #16 
  • #2155 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#19

Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne

  • #5 
  • #301 
QS Employability Rankings
[Published 23 September, 2021]
  • #20 
  • #3995 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#20

IMD

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (44 reviews)
  • #8 
  • #338 
CWUR Center for World University Rankings
[Published 26 April, 2021]
  • #22 
  • #4672 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#21

University of Applied Sciences of Eastern Switzerland

  • #18 
  • #3435 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 10 June, 2021]
  • #25 
  • #7235 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#22

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (160 reviews)
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  • #15 
  • #1977 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#23

Zurich University of the Arts

Student satisfaction: 3.4 / 5.0 (5 reviews)
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  • #21 
  • #4517 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]


#24

Geneva, Webster University

Student satisfaction: 4.7 / 5.0 (41 reviews)
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  • #23 
  • #4716 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#25

Kalaidos University of Applied Sciences

Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (28 reviews)
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  • #24 
  • #6080 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#26

Glion Institute of Higher Education

Student satisfaction: 4.7 / 5.0 (15 reviews)
  • #27 
  • #7928 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#27

Les Roches Global Hospitality Education

Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (66 reviews)
  • #28 
  • #8153 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#28

Zurich School of Education

Student satisfaction: 3.7 / 5.0 (27 reviews)
  • #29 
  • #8182 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#29

Swiss Finance Institute

Student satisfaction: 4.7 / 5.0 (19 reviews)

#30

Interstate University of Applied Sciences and Technology

Student satisfaction: 4.7 / 5.0 (19 reviews)

#31

Geneva School of Art and Design | la Haute école d'art et de design - Genève

Student satisfaction: 4.6 / 5.0 (82 reviews)


#32

Kurt Bösch University Institute

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (6 reviews)

#33

University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (52 reviews)
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#34

Les Roches-Gruyère University of Applied Sciences

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (206 reviews)
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#35

University of Applied Sciences Zurich

Student satisfaction: 4.0 / 5.0 (12 reviews)
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#36

International University in Geneva


#37

University of Human Sciences and Technology


#38

Taylor Institute for Global Enterprise Management, Franklin College Switzerland


Switzerland Key Facts for International Students

Time: GMT +2

Telephone country code: +41

  • Largest cities in Switzerland:
  • 1. Zurich: 340,000
  • 2. Geneva: 185,000
  • 3. Basel: 165,000
  • 4. Bern: 120,000
  • 5. Lausanne: 115,000
Nobel prize laureates:
Michel Mayor (University of Geneva, 2019)
 
Didier Queloz (University of Geneva, 2019)
 
Jacques Dubochet (University of Lausanne, 2017)
 
Kurt Wüthrich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), 2002)
 
Rolf M. Zinkernagel (University of Zurich, Institute of Experimental Immunology, 1996)
 
Georges Charpak (CERN, 1992)
 
Richard R. Ernst (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), 1991)
 
Jack Steinberger (CERN, 1988)
 
J. Georg Bednorz (IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, 1987)
 
K. Alex Müller (IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, 1987)
 

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Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich ranks #1 in Switzerland in our meta ranking composed of 102 university rankings.

Among all universities in Switzerland University of Zurich is listed in the largest number of rankings. See all 33 rankings where University of Zurich is listed.

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich is ranked best in Switzerland for Natural Sciences (Earth & Marine Sciences). See all rankings for the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich is ranked best in Switzerland for Engineering (Civil Engineering). See all rankings for the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

University of Bern is ranked best in Switzerland for Medicine & Health (Dentistry). See all rankings for the University of Bern.

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich is ranked best in Switzerland for Computer Science (Computer Science). See all rankings for the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich is ranked best in Switzerland for Agriculture (Agriculture & Forestry). See all rankings for the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich is ranked best in Switzerland for Mathematics (Mathematics). See all rankings for the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

University of Zurich is ranked best in Switzerland for Journalism & Media Studies (Communication & Media Studies). See all rankings for the University of Zurich.

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich is ranked best in Switzerland for Architecture, Building & Planning (Architecture). See all rankings for the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

University of Zurich is ranked best in Switzerland for Social Studies & Humanities (Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies). See all rankings for the University of Zurich.

Zurich University of the Arts is ranked best in Switzerland for Arts Visual & Performing (Art & Design). See all rankings for the Zurich University of the Arts.

University of Zurich is ranked best in Switzerland for Languages & Literature (Linguistics). See all rankings for the University of Zurich.

University of Lausanne is ranked best in Switzerland for Sports Science (Sports Related Subjects). See all rankings for the University of Lausanne.

University of Zurich is ranked best in Switzerland for Law (Law). See all rankings for the University of Zurich.

University of Zurich is ranked best in Switzerland for Education (Education). See all rankings for the University of Zurich.

Ranking publishers

4icu

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British Quacquarelli Symonds, UK

Criteria used in ranking -QS World University Rankings:
Academic Reputation 40%
Employer Reputation 10%
Faculty/Student Ratio 20%
Citations per faculty 20%
International Faculty Ratio 5%
International Student Ratio 5%

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Criteria used in ranking -QS Employability Rankings:
Employer reputation 30%
Alumni outcomes 25%
Partnerships with Employers per Faculty 25%
Employer/Student Connections 10%
Graduate employment rate 10%

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CWUR Center for World University Rankings

Criteria used in ranking -CWUR Center for World University Rankings:
Research Performance 40%
Quality of Education 25%
Alumni Employment 25%
Quality of Faculty 10%

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Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University, Netherlands

Criteria used in ranking -CWTS Leiden Ranking:
Academic research publication

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NTU ranking

Criteria used in ranking -NTU Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers:
Research excellence 40%
Research impact 35%
Research productivity 25%

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Criteria used in ranking -NTU Europe:
Scientific Efficiency 23%
Scientific Potential 15%
Graduates on the labour market 15%
Internationalisation 15%
Prestige 14%
Learning Conditions 10%

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Nature Index

Criteria used in ranking -Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions:
Article count (AC)
Fractional count (FC)
Weighted fractional count (WFC)

RUR Ranking Agency (Moscow, Russia)

Criteria used in ranking -RUR Reputation Ranking:
Teaching Reputation 50%
Research Reputation 50%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR World University Rankings:
Teaching 40%
Research 40%
International Diversity 10%
Financial Sustainability 10%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR Research Performance Ranking:
Normalized citation impact (Citations of research publications from all university authors compared with world averages) 20%
Citation per papers 20%
Papers per academic and research staff 20%
International research reputation 20%
Share of research publications written in international co-authorship 20%

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Scimago Institutions

Criteria used in ranking -Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities:
Research 50%
Innovation 30%
Societal 20%

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ShanghaiRanking Consultancy

Criteria used in ranking -ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking:
Alumni winning research prizes 10%
Staff winning research prizes 20%
Research paper publications 20%
Papers published in Nature and Science 20%
Papers indexed in Science Citation Index-Expanded and Social Science Citation Index 20%
Per capita academic performance 10%

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THE Times Higher Education, UK

Criteria used in ranking -THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education:
Teaching 30%
Research (volume, income and reputation) 30%
Citations 30%
International outlook (staff, students, research) 7.5%
Industry income (knowledge transfer) 2.5%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE Global University Employability Ranking - Times Higher Education:
Employability (survey) 100%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE World Reputation Rankings - Times Higher Education:
Research Reputation 66,6%
Teaching Reputation 33,3%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE World’s Most International Universities - Times Higher Education:
Proportion of international students 25%
Proportion of international staff 25%
Proportion of journal publications with one or more international co-authors 25%
University’s international reputation 25%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE Young University Rankings - Times Higher Education:
Teaching 30%
Research (volume, income and reputation) 30%
Citations 30%
International outlook (staff, students, research) 7.5%
Industry income (knowledge transfer) 2.5%

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Thomson Reuters

Criteria used in ranking -Reuters Most Innovative Universities:
Patent Volume 33%
Patent Citations 34%
Industry Article Citation Impact 11%
Percent of Industry Collaborative Articles 11%
Total Web of Science Core Collection Papers 11%

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Criteria used in ranking -Reuters Most Innovative Universities Europe:
Patent volume 11.11%
Patent success 11.11%
Global patents 11.11%
Patent citations 11.11%
Percent of patents cited / Patent citation impact 11.11%
Patent to Article Citation Impact 11.11%
Industry Article Citation Impact 11.11%
Percent of Industry Collaborative Articles 11.11%
Total Web of Science Core Collection Papers 11.11%

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Tillburg University

Criteria used in ranking -Tilburg University Economics Ranking:
Ranking is based on 35 journals.
Journals (source) https://econtop.uvt.nl/journals.php

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Urap

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Us News

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Webometrics

Criteria used in ranking -Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities:
Visibility 50%
Excellence 35%
Transparency 10%
Presence 5%

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