Under an hour's drive from Geneva, our 12-acre campus is located in the residential suburb of Clarens, near Montreux, overlooking Lake Geneva and the Alps.
Search for the best international schools in Switzerland; you can find a list of selected schools at the bottom of this page. Use the search filters to select only girls' or boys' schools, prep schools, senior schools or sixth forms; or you can search for schools that offer a particular curriculum, such as the International Baccalaureate, the UK national curriculum, a US-style model or the International Primary Curriculum.
A small, independent nation at the heart of Europe, Switzerland offers a wide range of distinguished international schools in a stunning natural environment. Most are clustered around Zurich, Basle, Lausanne and Geneva home of the International Baccalaureate office.
There are 50 IB World Schools, of which 43 are authorised to teach the IB Diploma and eight offer three IB programmes. Among these, 34 teach in English, two in German and two in French. Bilingual teaching in English and French is offered at four schools, including the iconic Institut Le Rosey, which is popular with the world’s royalty.
Switzerland’s top private boarding schools have been offering international education since the early 20th century. Today, they draw 90 per cent of students from abroad, while many day schools serve the country’s cosmopolitan city dwellers. Schools follow the curriculums of Britain, America, France, Germany and Switzerland, often in combination with the IB.
Aiglon College offers the IB Diploma alongside a British curriculum, the Institut Montana Zugerberg teaches it in tandem with an American high school diploma, and students at the Stiftsschule Engelberg take both the IB Diploma and the Swiss Matura.
Education is devolved to Switzerland’s cantons, with some regional variation. Generally, it is compulsory for nine years, from age six to 15. Public education is free up to first degree level and state schools teach in French, German, Italian or Romansh depending on the region, with all students taking a second Swiss language plus English.
Primary school typically runs from age six to 12. Junior secondary education is selective and takes three years. Students are then allocated to academic Gymnasium, which prepares them for the Matura exam, or to vocational schools. Switzerland has 12 public universities, which take a high proportion of international students, and boasts 113 Nobel Laureates.
If you are looking specifically for International Baccalaureate World Schools in Switzerland, you can find selected schools on our sister website: www.ibyb.org.