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TOP-10 differences between Swiss and British schools, comparison for international students

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TOP-10 differences between Swiss and British schools, comparison for international students

Nowadays, best schools in the world are located in Europe. The first places in the rankings are traditionally occupied by private boarding schools in Great Britain and in Switzerland. Educational centers of these countries differ significantly from each other. Let's compare educational institutions on the basic parameters.


Swiss schools occupy the first 9 lines of the TOP-15 ranking of the most expensive, prestigious schools in the world. The British are on the 10-11th position.

  • Variety of curriculum

Traditionally, educational standards of Great Britain, Switzerland are considered to be the best in the world. At the same time, the British schools offer predominantly national programs A-level. In Switzerland, it is possible to get an education on the French, Italian, German scheme. The national standard Matura is also highly valued and a complex but effective program IB, developed by Swiss specialists.

  • Opportunities for continuing studies at universities

Study in Swiss schools is the first step towards obtaining higher education in almost any country in the world. Secondary education, obtained on Foggy Albion, opens the doors to British universities and the states of the British Commonwealth.

  • Language practice

In Switzerland, it is compulsory to study at least three languages. Studying in Britain, implies getting education in English.

  • Order, discipline, pedagogical process

In British schools, students are taught the habit of diligently studying. The pedagogical process here is based on strict observance of discipline. In the schools of the country you will not find luxury, the ascetic upbringing of youth is accepted here.

In Swiss schools, children are waiting for a cozy environment, a family atmosphere, a fairly democratic system. Accommodation is offered in a comfortable environment.

Teaching in Britain is conducted mainly by traditional methods. Innovations in schools are introduced into the educational process, but carefully and strictly dosed.

Switzerland is called the birthplace of progressive pedagogy. 

  • Sociocultural assimilation

In Great Britain, a foreign student may feel misplaced. This is because of the cultural features of the country, migration legislation, a host of other conventions.

In Switzerland, in a multinational and multicultural country, which avoid of xenophobia, children adapt more easily, quickly become their own.

  • Sports

Sports in Britain and Switzerland are given a lot of attention. But in the Swiss schools-boarding schools of sports classes an order of magnitude more. Also in the country is much wider opportunities for the physical development of children. Students in schools are offered many sports sections, from tennis to alpine skiing.

  • Climatic features

Britain is suitable for children with good health. Coolness and constant humidity are the main characteristics of typical English weather. In Switzerland, the climate is softer. In addition, the mountain air has a curative effect. 

The visa regime in Britain is stricter than in Switzerland. An educational visa, a residence permit is easier to obtain in a multinational country. In addition, schooling in Switzerland provides for the possibility of subsequent naturalization (simplified citizenship). In Britain, this is impossible.

  • PR

British schools are considered more status. This is due to the active work of specialists of educational institutions over the rankings of the latter. In Britain, it is customary to advertise the school with mention of the names of its outstanding graduates.

In Switzerland, schools do not parade the names of their students, as well as bank depositors. Educational institutions here, in fact, do not need advertising. They are already associated with the highest quality of education.

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