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Education and Training in Switzerland

The two articles in this section provide an overview of the two basic pillars of the Swiss education system. One provides an insightful view of Switzerland's very successful apprenticeship training, with explanations and examples of people who share their experience. The other illuminates the differences between the tertiary level training offered in Switzerland, the U.S. and the U.K. For readers who prefer reading offline, a PDF version has been provided at the bottom of each article.

Swiss Apprentices Get New Futures

For someone who wants to understand the Swiss emphasis on job-related education, this article by Kim Hays about the vocational training process is still useful, even though it was first published in 2003 in ‘Swiss News’ magazine.

Making sense of university degrees in Switzerland

This well-written article, 'BA? Liz? Or Diplôme', by Kim Hays, an American living in Switzerland, was published in March 2001 in ‘Swiss News’ magazine. In a recent email exchange, she explains that very little has changed since then.