While the educational system is of a high standard throughout Switzerland, new arrivals in our country are nevertheless faced with the difficult decision of what school their child or children should attend.
The following aspects will play a role when deciding which school is best:
- Your children’s ages and the language(s) they speak
- The planned duration of your stay in Switzerland
- The type of educational system your children will be going/returning to when you leave the country again
In principle, there are two options of educational institutions to choose from for your children:
Attending public school is a good idea if your children are younger than ten years and you are staying longer than two years.
Private schools: international or bilingual school
Are you planning to stay less than two years? In this case, we tend to recommend international schools: this way, your children won’t have to adapt to different school systems within a short amount of time.
If your children are older than ten years, we also recommend going to a private school: There are very high demands on the pupils’ mastery of the Swiss official languages for entering college, in particular for German and French. Although non-native speakers are given ample support in Switzerland and usually learn the local language quickly, their language skills may still present a problem in terms of meeting school requirements.
There is a wide range of international and bilingual schools to choose from in Switzerland.
We will find the best solution together with you
Benefit from our long-standing experience and our professional advice. We are confident to find the right solution that meets all your requirements: distance from your workplace and residence, desired school, and the needs your children have.