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Switzerland International Schools


The isbi Schools Directory Guide To The Top International Schools And Private Schools in Switzerland

For anyone planning a move to Switzerland in central Europe, we have collated information below about different places to live, International schools and private schools (including High schools), property and relocation agents and other information we think useful for relocating to Switzerland and the surround area.

Offering some of the best living anywhere in Switzerland, some of the famous cities in Switzerland include Bern (Berne), Geneva, Lausanne, Lucerne, Zürich.

Switzerland has a great choice of high quality private international schools and high schools, beautiful countryside, lots of activities and excellent housing - with a fantastic range of different property to call home, from country mansions and estates, villas and bungalows to new build executive housing, family townhouses and apartments.

”Switzerland, land of four languages, is all about once-in-a-lifetime journeys, heart-racing Alpine pursuits and urban culture. Switzerland's ravishing landscapes demand immediate action – grab boots, leap on board, toot bike bell and let spirits rip. The perfect antidote to rural beauty is Switzerland's urban edge: capital Bern with its mediaeval old town and world-class modern art, deeply Germanic Basel and its bold architecture, chic Geneva astraddle Europe’s largest lake, party-loving Lausanne, tycoon magnet Zug and uber-cool Zürich with its riverside bars, reborn industrial west district and atypical street grit." Lonely Planet

Switzerland is located right in the heart of Europe, bordering Italy, France, Germany, Austria and the Principality of Liechtenstein. It is home to many breathtaking lakes, including famous Lake Geneva, Lake Lucerne and Lake Constance. However it is possibly the mountains of Switzerland that attract the most visitors due to the incredible skiing that is on offer, you can even see the famous Matterhorn in Switzerland and admire it’s amazing pyramid shape.

Switzerland is voted the third happiest country in the world! Its beautiful landscapes and lively cities definitely help, however its stability, safety and culture also boost its popularity with many across the world.

For more fun facts about Switzerland, scroll down to our feature page! 




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Looking for a prestigious International (private) school in Switzerland?

If you are thinking of moving to live in Switzerland (or you already live in Switzerland but are considering relocating) and you and your family are researching some of the best International schools and private schools in Switzerland, there is a big choice of high quality Swiss schools, with a number of the countries highest ranking International schools considered to be some of the best in Europe.

The private education sector in and around Switzerland features day and residential boarding schools, single sex and co-educational (mixed) schools, including leading private nurseries, primary schools, secondary schools and high schools.

Find Private International Schools in Switzerland (Or "International Schools And Private Schools Near Me")

Developed over the last 36+ years, the isbi School Search Directory is one of the largest and most comprehensive private schools directories available, helping thousands of families to find, compare and select good schools since the 1980s.

>   You can search for International schools and private schools with a reputation for excellence in Switzerland - in the cities of Zürich, Geneva, Lausanne, Bern, Lucerne and in towns and villages across Switzerland - by using our International Schools Directory and International Schools Finder (powered by School Search Directory) or by clicking on the names of the International schools, private schools and colleges and High schools listed below to see detailed profiles with photos, videos, maps etc.

>   With our expanded school search technology you can filter your search by the type of school you are looking for such as International school and private school, day and boarding, gender, age range, academic study, religious affiliation, school fees, scholarships and bursaries, open days etc.

>   You can also focus your search on just private junior schools or senior high schools or on all-through International schools, or view search results for all of them together.

Please explore for detailed information and guides about good schools of all types and for open days, school and college and news, articles and blogs with details of school associations, glossaries and explanations about examinations and qualifications and expert advice about independent education at International schools and private schools around Switzerland and worldwide.




Please see below for a full list of private schools and colleges in Switzerland, one of the best being:



Haut-Lac International Bilingual School

Chemin de Pangires 26, St-Légier, Vesey, Vaud, Switzerland 1806

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 3 - 18 Years, Day & Boarding (Full, Weekly)

Haut-Lac International Bilingual School is a co-educational school offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme, where 600 students from 50 countries play, learn and grow together.

[Read More About Haut-Lac International Bilingual School...]



Top International Schools And Private Schools & Colleges in Switzerland

Some of the best International schools and private schools and colleges in Switzerland, providing a top-tier, world-class day and boarding single-sex and mixed education for boys and girls include:

For more schools in Switzerland, check out our other pages covering all the major areas and cities in Switzerland:




Where To Live In Switzerland

The most popular suburbs in Switzerland and the surrounding area include, with approximate population numbers:

> Zürich

Zürich (402,800), Winterthur (109,800), Lucerne (81,600)

> Geneva

Geneva (203,900), Champel (27,200), Grottes Saint-Gervais (18,400), Centre Plainalais Acacias (17,500), Servette Petit-Saconnex (16,700), Eaux-Vives (11,200), Jonction (9,200), Pâquis Nations (8,400), Saint-Jean Charmilles (300)

> Lausanne

Lausanne (137,800), Le Mont-sur-Lausanne (8,500), Epalinges (8,200), Romanel-sur-Lausanne (3,200), Jouxtens-Mézery (1,500), Cheseaux Sur-Lausanne (1,300)

> Bern (Berne)

Bern (133,120), Basel (171,000), Luhano (63,900), Fribourg (38,900), Lyss (11,400), Kirchberg (5,600)

> Lucerne

Lucerne (81,600), Sursee (8,600), Lenzburg (8,000), Malters (6,400)

> Uri

Altdorf (8,700), Silenen (2,500), Wassen (400), Realp (150)

> Schwyz

Ibach (2,200), Seewen (1,000)

> Glarus

Glarus (5,900), Netstal (2,900), Enneda (2,600), Riedern (720)




Switzerland is a very popular place to live and many people move to Switzerland each year, or to near Switzerland and the surrounding area, from around Europe and the rest of the world.

Many of those moving to Switzerland are seeking a more urban lifestyle, deciding to relocate to the Switzerland for work and to enjoy the great facilities and leisure amenities, high quality housing and schools, fantastic bars, restaurants, sports and popular cultural events involving art and music available to families living in Switzerland and the surrounding area.

Ten Things To Know About Switzerland

> FACT 1:  Switzerland is the third happiest country in the world! Its beautiful scenery and vibrant cities certainly contribute to this, however Switzerland is also recognised for its excellent healthcare and education systems - making it the perfect place for family living.

> FACT 2:  The Swiss Alps are famous for the incredible skiing that is on offer. There are over 300 ski resorts in Switzerland, with the most famous ones being Zermatt, Verbier and Davos.

> FACT 3:  Switzerland knows how to look after their furry friends! In fact, owners have to complete a course to ensure they know how to look after their dogs - there are even laws that mean animals must be kept in pairs to stop them from becoming lonely!

> FACT 4:  The Swiss mountains are certainly worth their high reputation. With hikers flocking to the Chamonix-Zermatt Haute Route and others marvelling at the Matterhorn whilst skiing, Switzerland is actually home to 48 mountain peaks that are above 4000 metres!

> FACT 5:  Switzerland is the most innovative country in the world! Ranked first for the 8th consecutive year, Switzerland’s economy is growing fast, booming with diverse and unique ideas.

> FACT 6:  It’s not only the lakes and mountains that Switzerland is known for, it also has the Rhine Gorge, popularly nicknamed the ‘Swiss Grand Canyon’. It’s a great place for a chilly dip in freshwater, or if you’re a bouldering or mountain biking fanatic - this is the place for you.

> FACT 7:  Sundays are a big deal in Switzerland. So much so that you are not allowed to do any chores - that includes mowing the lawn or hanging out laundry!

> FACT 8:  Switzerland exported 122,000 tonnes of chocolate in 2018! We all know and love swiss chocolate - but this is impressive.

> FACT 9:  Switzerland is actually very small, only measuring 41,285 kilometres in total.

> FACT 10:  The Gotthard tunnel in Switzerland is the world’s longest tunnel! Catch a beautiful ride among the snowy mountains before entering the tunnel, which runs for 57 kilometres!

Where To Live In Switzerland

Switzerland and the surrounding area offers a huge choice of high quality, premium and luxury property to meet the needs of any family, whether wanting a townhouse, large apartment, villa, mansion or country estate, with or without granny annex, garden or swimming pool. There are also property development and investment opportunities too, with land available to purchase and properties in need of renovation.

From central Switzerland living to rural, country or lakeside lifestyles, Switzerland and the surrounding area is full of bustling districts and leafy suburbs, lush green areas, charming estates, vibrant high streets, busy neighbourhoods, friendly residential communities and countryside.

Some of the popular residential areas include:

Cham Switzerland, Zürich Switzerland, Lucerne Switzerland, Basel Switzerland, Bern Switzerland, Winterthur Switzerland, St. Gallen Switzerland, Interlaken, Switzerland, Zug Switzerland, Geneva Switzerland, Risch Switzerland, Altendorf Switzerland, Lausanne Switzerland, Walchwil Switzerland, Meggen Switzerland, Meilen Switzerland, Hergiswil Switzerland, Hünenberg Switzerland, Baar Switzerland,

Commuting To And From Switzerland By Rail Or Road

Relocating to Switzerland is especially popular with those happy to work from home most of the time but needing to occasionally commute to work.

The most popular, well-connected commuter towns and cities in Switzerland include Zürich, Geneva, Bern, Lucerne and Lausanne.

Travel times to and from key destinations by road and rail include:

> Bern to Zürich:  Bern is about 120 miles by road from Zürich via the A1 and driving to the centre of Bern from Zürich normally takes under 1 hour 45 minutes. There is a very regular train service to Bern from Zürich, with trains taking about 1 hour.

> Geneva to Zürich:  Geneva is about 280 miles by road from Zürich via the A1 and driving to the centre of Geneva from Zürich normally takes under 3 hours. There is a very regular train service to Geneva from Zürich, with trains taking about 2 hours 40 minutes.

> Lausanne to Zürich:  Lausanne is about 266 miles by road from Zürich via the A1 and driving to the centre of Lausanne from Zürich normally takes under 2 and a half hours. There is a very regular train service to Lausanne from Zürich, with trains taking about 2 hours 15 minutes.



Nearest Airports To Switzerland, Country

The nearest airport to Zürich is Zürich Airport (ZHR) which is 9 km from Zürich. Other nearby airports include Basel (BSL) (under 80 kilometres), Memmingen (FMM) (140 km), Strasbourg (SXB) (150 km) and Stuttgart (STR) (160 km)

The nearest airport to Geneva and Lausanne is Geneva (GVA) which is 4 kilometres from Geneva. Other nearby airports include Lyon (LYS) (under 98 kilometres), Grenoble (GNB) (112), Turin (TRN) (161 kilometres) and Basel (BSL) (190 kilometres)

The nearest airport to Bern (Berne) is Berne (BRN) which is 16 kilometres from Bern. Other nearby airports include Basel (BSL) (under 100 kilometres), Zürich (ZHR) (120), Geneva (GVA) (150 kilometres) and Milan Malpensa (MXP) (350 kilometres)




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