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TOP-20 best secondary schools in Switzerland for foreign students

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TOP-20 best secondary schools in Switzerland for foreign students

Swiss secondary schools are traditionally considered to be among the best in the world, since they offer their students excellent academic preparation, studying of several European languages at once, and a high standard of living in general. Of course, education in this country sometimes costs more expensive than in other countries of Europe and the world, however such investments with 100% probability will justify themselves in the future.

Swiss private schools and boarding schools are a standard of secondary education in all respects. That's why every year students of these institutions are students from wealthy and influential families of politicians, businessmen, etc. Thus, one of the advantages that your child will receive in Switzerland is an opportunity to make useful acquaintances and promising connections.

In addition, annualy, local secondary schools produce high statistics on the number of graduates successfully entered the world's leading universities, such as Oxford university and Cambridge university, Yale and Harvard. Educational programs of all Swiss schools - regardless of the state institution or boarding school - combine the classical postulates of European education and modern technologies and techniques used in the educational sphere.

SMAPSE experts will tell you about the best secondary schools in Switzerland, which annually rank first in TOP-10 TOP-20, TOP-30, TOP-50 and TOP-100 rankings. So, here there are some institutions that lead the list of best schools year after year:

It is one of the most expensive and prestigious private schools in Switzerland. It accepts boys and girls at the age from 12 to 19 years. Despite the fact that the territory of the educational institution is in the French part of the country (the resort town of Villars), programs are held in two languages - English and French. The cost of one year starts from 50,000 . The school has excellent equipment and the most convenient infrastructure: the campus has its own restaurant, stable, art center, digital studio, etc.

Founded in 1927, St. George’s International School is one of the oldest schools in Switzerland that offer excellent academic programmes in a truly international environment of over 60 nationalities. The school is proud of safe location and unrivalled views. At St. George’s, the outstanding multilingual programme begins at the Early Learning School and extends to the Senior School. The exceptional sport and extracurricular activities with the robust academic programmes reveal individual talents and potential, providing entrance TOP universities worldwide. 

Boarding at St. George’s offers a unique environment and students benefit from the dedicated and professional team. Nestled between the Alps and Lake Geneva, the school has stunning facilities including tennis courts, football field, sports hall, play parks and opened landscaped grounds. During winter students ski and in the summer they make use of the lake, surrounding countryside and local sports facilities. St. George’s International School is a proud member of the Inspired Education Group, a leading global premium schools group works in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America and teaches over 50,000 students across a global network of 64 schools.

It is a school that deservedly falls into TOP-3 educational institutions in Switzerland. The curriculum of this private school is based on the British educational system, therefore English is also one of the main teaching languages here. Every year up to 350 students from all over the world aged between 10-13 and 17-18 years are taught there. Unlike many foreign schools, this is not a 5-day but 6-day educational program. Studying in a boarding school for one semester, the student and his parents will need about 60,000  - 70,000 , and the price will be cheaper for full-time education.

It ​​​​​​​is one of the most expensive, advanced and popular Swiss schools. This is the only educational institution in the country, which has 2 separate residences for each of the seasons - summer and winter. During the year students live in a medieval castle on the territory of 28 hectares and enjoy all the amenities that the school offers them: comfortable accommodation in a hostel, excellent equipment of classrooms, several tennis courts, a swimming pool, a sauna and even a yacht club for everyone. In addition, a personal chef of the educational institution prepares a balanced and fresh diet for the students. The cost of studying in such a school will cost the parents of students a tidy sum - from 50,000  to 70,000 .

​​​​​​​​​​This school is considered one of the oldest in the country. Here up to 160 children from 35 countries study. Age category - middle and senior classes, age from 14 to 19 years. The school has an impeccable reputation, an excellent teaching staff and gives students first-class preparation for admission to the best universities in the world. The educational programs of the school include in-depth study of at least 2 foreign languages. The cost of studying in the Swiss school will require about 48,000 - 55,000 per year.

It ​​​​​​​is another popular educational institution in Switzerland, founded in 1889 by Ulrich Schmidt. The campus of the school occupies a vast territory of 100,000 square meters and offers to its students a comfortable and modern infrastructure: the main building, several residences, a sports hall with necessary equipment, tennis courts, playgrounds and even a beautiful park. The cost of studying here is one of the highest - about 180,000 per one academic year.

Next, SMAPSE experts offer the list of ranking schools that are included in TOP-20 best schools in Switzerland.

Now let's talk about how to enter these popular and in-demand educational institutions among foreign students. First of all, SMAPSE experts should note that it is better to start preparing for entering any foreign school in advance, since possible difference in the educational systems of of your native country and any other country in Europe may be a problem. In this issue, it is recommended to take into account both academic and language preparation. In the first aspect, the emphasis is better put on profile subjects, the choice of which will be directly related to the specialty chosen by the student.

In March and February of the year when you plan to start studying in a Swiss school, you can send a student application to a potential educational institution. School admission commissions begin to consider all received applications in May-June, after which they give an answer to each of the candidates. To hang the chances of admission, foreign students can apply not in one institution, but at once in few ones.

Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Kuban State University, Russia (World Economics); Westminster University (Business & Management).
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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