Universities in Switzerland
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Switzerland
26 out of 38
  • Universities in Switzerland
  • Ranked in at least one ranking
22
  • Different Rankings list
  • Universities in Switzerland
  • (16 institution and 6 subject rankings)
27
  • 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
  • 18 Mar, 2021: Publication of Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich with highest ranking among universities in Switzerland ranked #35.
  • 04 Mar, 2021: Publication of QS World University Rankings By Subject (Biological Sciences). Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne with highest ranking among universities in Switzerland ranked #1.
  • 30 Jan, 2021: UniRank 4icu - World Ranking updated with Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich ranked highest among 3 listed universities in Switzerland.
  • 28 Jan, 2021: THE World's Most International Universities - Times Higher Education updated with Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich ranked highest among 2 listed universities in Switzerland.

Highest subject rankings of universities in Switzerland

Geology
#2 
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich
Civil Engineering
#2 
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich
Dentistry
#3 
University of Bern
Agriculture & Forestry
#6 
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich
Communication & Media Studies
#16 
University of Zurich
Geography
#19 
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich
Art & Design
#35 
Zurich University of the Arts
Linguistics
#36 
University of Zurich

Rankings of universities in Switzerland 2021

#1

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich

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  • #1 
  • #14 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #1 
  • #6 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #1 
  • #35 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#2

University of Zurich

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (5 reviews)
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  • #3 
  • #73 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #2 
  • #69 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #3 
  • #97 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#3

University of Basel

Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (131 reviews)
  • #4 
  • #92 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #5 
  • #149 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #6 
  • #202 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#4

University of Bern

Student satisfaction: 4.7 / 5.0 (56 reviews)
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  • #5 
  • #109 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #4 
  • #114 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #4 
  • #171 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#5

University of Lausanne

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (214 reviews)
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  • #7 
  • #191 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #6 
  • #169 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #7 
  • #227 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#6

Università della Svizzera italiana

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (256 reviews)
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  • #8 
  • #251 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #7 
  • #273 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #9 
  • #408 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#7

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

Student satisfaction: 4.7 / 5.0 (5 reviews)
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  • #2 
  • #43 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #2 
  • #79 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #2 
  • #30 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]


#8

University of St. Gallen

Student satisfaction: 4.6 / 5.0 (203 reviews)
  • #11 
  • #401 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #8 
  • #428 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #14 
  • #542 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#9

University of Fribourg

Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (90 reviews)
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  • #9 
  • #351 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #9 
  • #601 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #8 
  • #369 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#10

University of Neuchâtel

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (144 reviews)
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  • #10 
  • #401 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #10 
  • #483 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #10 
  • #965 
US News: Best Global Universities
[Published 19 October, 2020]


#11

Zurich University of Applied Sciences

Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (34 reviews)
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  • #12 
  • #491 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #13 
  • #1941 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]
  • #11 
  • #1736 
URAP World Ranking - University Ranking by Academic Performance
[Published 03 December, 2020]

#12

University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Western Switzerland

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  • #13 
  • #501 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #11 
  • #1336 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]
  • #18 
  • #2854 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#13

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]
  • #12 
  • #1905 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]
  • #14 
  • #1735 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#14

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]
  • #14 
  • #3014 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]
  • #16 
  • #2358 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#15

University of Lucerne

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (48 reviews)
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  • #16 
  • #576 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #13 
  • #2738 
URAP World Ranking - University Ranking by Academic Performance
[Published 03 December, 2020]
  • #9 
  • #438 
RUR World University Rankings
[Published 04 May, 2020]

#16

University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Northwestern Switzerland

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (31 reviews)
  • #11 
  • #489 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #13 
  • #1400 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#17

University of Applied Sciences of Eastern Switzerland

  • #16 
  • #3460 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]
  • #24 
  • #7235 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#18

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Student satisfaction: 4.6 / 5.0 (131 reviews)
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  • #15 
  • #1977 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#19

Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne

  • #19 
  • #3995 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#20

Zurich University of the Arts

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  • #20 
  • #4517 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]


  • #21 
  • #4672 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#22

Geneva, Webster University

Student satisfaction: 4.6 / 5.0 (28 reviews)
  • #22 
  • #4716 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#23

Kalaidos University of Applied Sciences

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (16 reviews)
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  • #23 
  • #6080 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#24

Glion Institute of Higher Education

  • #26 
  • #7928 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#25

Les Roches Global Hospitality Education

  • #28 
  • #8153 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#26

Zurich School of Education

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

#27

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

Student satisfaction: 4.6 / 5.0 (71 reviews)


#28

University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (52 reviews)
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#29

Interstate University of Applied Sciences and Technology

Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (12 reviews)

#30

Kurt Bösch University Institute

Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (4 reviews)

#31

International University in Geneva


#32

University of Human Sciences and Technology


#33

University of Applied Sciences Zurich

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#34

Les Roches-Gruyère University of Applied Sciences

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#35

Taylor Institute for Global Enterprise Management, Franklin College Switzerland


#36

Swiss Finance Institute


#37

University of Geneva


#38

University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern 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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FAQ

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich ranks #1 in Switzerland in our meta ranking composed of 96 university rankings.

Among all universities in Switzerland University of St. Gallen is listed in the largest number of rankings. See all 32 rankings where University of St. Gallen is listed.

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich is ranked best in Switzerland for Natural Sciences (Geology). 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 Agriculture (Agriculture & Forestry). 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 Social Studies & Humanities (Geography). See all rankings for the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in 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.

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 World University Rankings:
Teaching 40%
Research 40%
International Diversity 10%
Financial Sustainability 10%

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

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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%

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 -Young University Rankings:
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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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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