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2 best private schools in Geneva for foreign students. Description, rankings, 2024 fees

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Advanced educational system in Switzerland is considered one of the most prestigious in the world and is distinguished by impeccable quality. Studying in private schools in Switzerland and especially best high schools in Geneva combines modern educational standards and centuries-old traditions established for studying in Europe (traditions of the educational systems of Germany and Austria, Italy, France, England, USA). Education for foreign students in best private schools in Switzerland educates so-called "citizens of the world", while providing an individual and versatile approach to each child.

Switzerland is a country that was one of the first to introduce exchange programs for foreign students, so today every third student here came from another country.

The traditions of education in Switzerland make it possible to bring up purposefulness and leadership qualities in children, which subsequently help the formation of a young specialist. International students can start studying in Switzerland at any age from 6 to 16 years. Studying abroad after the 11th grade will open the doors of prestigious world universities for the student, thus ensuring him a successful career in any country of the world.

Studying in Geneva for foreign students is possible at any level, from elementary to higher: at each stage there are its own characteristics, but in any case it has general advantages such as:

Highly effective education;

Extremely comfortable condition;

Interesting educational programs.


One of the most important features of the Swiss education system is that it is equally controlled by federal and cantonal (regional) authorities. Thus, the administration of each region of the country is responsible for all institutions from preschool to the first stage of secondary education. But free education for the citizens of the country and compliance with the quality indicators of educational services are issues that are under the control of the state.


The cantonal authorities monitor the second stage of secondary education, excluding professional institutions, which are again under the patronage of the Government of the country. Regional authorities are responsible for all public institutions – colleges, gymnasiums and schools, but federal ones are already responsible for private schools. This is due to the fact that the boarding school program prepares its students to pass the unified federal exam.

This list offers you 2 best and most prestigious private schools in Geneva, which accept international children, pupils and students for studying. Making your choice you can rely on the description of good programs, rankings, reviews and prices. Our consultans are always available to make your final decision. FREE enrolment services to partner institutions. The number of places is limited.

Main advantages of the best private schools in Geneva

Before sending a child to study abroad, a lot needs to be solved, and Switzerland provides answers to many questions. The safety is the number 1 problem for most parents: they want to know that a child away from home will grow and develop in a calm environment. Switzerland is one of the safest countries in the world, and it is this criterion that becomes decisive for many parents.


Beautiful nature and landscapes, the ancient educational traditions, especially in boarding schools, and the quality of the educational system are combined in a perfect Switzerland educational environment.


Switzerland is a multicultural but tolerant country with several national languages. The headquarters and offices of the Olympic Committee, the UN, WHO, UEFA and many others are located here. Switzerland  is located in the heart of Europe, so international students can go to Paris, Milan, London and other European gems for weekends and holidays. Almost any aspect of education here can be described in two words — "Swiss quality".

Tuition fees in Switzerland: in private schools and colleges

The cost of education in Geneva significantly exceeds the prices even in England and the USA, ranging from 45,000 to 90,000 Swiss francs per year in the most prestigious and elite private schools.


Tuition fee depends on different aspects, such as:

  • Educational program;
  • Accommodation options;
  • Educational materials;
  • Extracurricular activities.


Ideal study conditions have been created for international students by the educational staff, that is why joining famous schools in Geneva is  an ideal variant of investment in future of your child.

Studying in Switzerland: creating an inclusive environment

Educational system in Switzerland have been creating all conditions for inclusive education for many years. Young people with special needs can enter Geneva institutions on a competitive basis. Specially for this category of international students, a program was formed, the format of which is adapted to an inclusive educational process, which implies not only a new approach from educational staff, but also the involvement of students from this category in the social environment. All the necessary equipment of buildings, infrastructure and classrooms has been made for students with special needs in all schools of the country.


Switzerland is one of the most enlightened countries in Europe, so here the issue of caring for the disabled is given the closest attention. If a student's health condition requires a specialized educational institution, young people and their parents can choose an educational institution where only special category of children can study, or find an option where they adhere to mixed education. In addition, there are always specialists in schools who help such children with the help of advanced educational methods. All these efforts help people with different degrees of disability and other developmental characteristics to successfully adapt to society and be prepared for adulthood.

Advantages and disadvantages of English schools

Advantages Disadvantages
The opportunity to enter the best universities in England, USA, Canada, Switzerland, Europe, the world Expensive
High quality of education and academic standards Strong workload
Perfect English after graduation The need to change the social environment; it takes time to adapt
Useful contacts The difficulty of choosing the most suitable school for the child, requires a qualified specialist

Top 35 best schools in the USA - 2024 Smapse rankings

1 North Broward Preparatory School
2 Phillips Academy Andover
3 The Storm King School New York
4 Red Bank Catholic High School
5 Windermere Preparatory School
6 Shattuck St Mary's School
7 Cheshire Academy
8 Cate School
9 Ross School
10 Deerfield Academy
11 The Village School
12 Amerigo Los Angeles – Bishop Montgomery High School
13 Webb Schools
14 Kent School USA
15 The Winchendon School
16 Darlington School
17 Marian Catholic High School Amerigo Education
18 Grier School
19 The MacDuffie School
20 CATS Academy Boston
21 The Cambridge School of Weston
22 Milton Academy
23 Amerigo Education Napa Valley
24 American Hebrew Academy
25 Northfield Mount Hermon School
26 Mater Dei Catholic High School San Diego Amerigo Education
27 American University Preparatory School Los Angeles
28 Webb Schools
29 Kent School USA
30 Groton School
31 Maine Central Institute
32 The Lawrenceville School
33 Grand River Academy Оhio
34 Saint John Paul II Academy
35 Chicago North Shore

Top 14 best schools in Switzerland 2024

1 College Du Leman
2 St. Georges School Montreux
3 Institut Monte Rosa
4 Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz
5 Saint-Charles Collège et Lycée
6 Leysin American School
7 Hochalpines Institut Ftan AG High Alpine
8 Aiglon College Switzerland
9 Institut Le Rosey School
10 Institut Montana Zugerberg
11 Champittet College
12 Brillantmont International School
13 Surval Montreux
14 Ecole Pre Fleuri

Top 12 best schools in Canada 2024

1 Brookes Shawnigan Lake
2 Rosseau Lake College
3 Albert College
4 Columbia International College
5 Ridley College
6 St Andrew's College
7 Brentwood College School
8 Pickering College
9 Bodwell High School
10 Trafalgar Castle School
11 Fulford Academy
12 Shawnigan Lake School

Best boarding schools in England - 2024 Smapse rankings

1 Cardiff Sixth Form College
2 Sevenoaks School
3 Queen Ethelburga's College
4 Brighton College
5 The National Mathematics and Science College NMSC
6 Concord College
7 Westbourne School
8 Wellington College
9 Rossall School
10 d'Overbroeck's College
11 Dulwich College
12 Fettes College
13 Stonar School
14 Wycliffe College
15 Lucton School
16 King's School Canterbury
17 ACS School Cobham
18 Hurtwood House
19 Uppingham School
20 Scarborough College
21 King's College St Michael’s
22 Mill Hill School
23 Windermere School
24 Clifton College
25 Badminton School
26 Oakham School
27 Oundle School
28 Stowe School
29 Cheltenham College
30 Bromsgrove School
31 Sidcot School
32 Prior Park College
33 Millfield School
34 Oswestry School
35 Caterham School
36 City of London Freemen’s School
37 Buckswood School
38 Brooke House College
39 Taunton School
40 St Clare's Oxford
41 Repton School
42 Royal Russell School
43 King's Ely
44 Leys Cambridge
45 Leighton Park
46 Bedford School
47 Fyling Hall
48 Royal Hospital School

Cost of living in Geneva

Expenses - USD/Month. Min. Med.
Accommodation 825 1,028
Food 437 808
Transportation 56 273
Communications and utilities 127 150
Clothing 37 136
Sports and leisure 59 217
Total 1,541 2,612

Accommodation in Geneva

Shared room outside of centre 833
Shared room in city centre 1,039
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre 1,163
1 bedroom apartment in city centre 1,391
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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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