Updated date: 19th January 2023

Study in Switzerland is slowly emerging as a favorite among international students waiting to Study Abroad. Switzerland has everything from beautiful landscapes to excellent research Universities. After the United States and UK, Switzerland comes 3rd when it comes to Top Ranked Universities in the world.


There are other destinations other than the widely known Zurich and Geneva where one can pursue higher studies and have tremendous growth opportunities in Switzerland. Here is the list of the best student cities in Switzerland: 

Top Student Cities and Universities to Study in Switzerland 2019-2020

1. Zurich

Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland. It is one of the world’s major financial hubs in the world. The stock market in the Zurich is world’s fourth-largest stock market. It is known for the number of MNC headquarters it houses in the city. The city is ranked 4th in the top student cities in the world by QS world university rankings. Two Universities in Zurich, ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich both are ranked in the top universities in Switzerland.


Zurich: Switzerland universities ranking

Universities in Switzerland

World University Rankings

ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)


University of Zurich (UZH)



2. Lausanne

Lausanne falls into the French-speaking region in Switzerland. It is famous for its Olympic Museum, and it is also home to the International Olympic Committee. It is a tourist place, and there are many international students in Lausanne, making the nightlife happening in the city. Coming to academics, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and the University of Lausanne, both are top-ranked Universities in the world, with the former being 16th in the world. These are the few best universities in Switzerland for international students.

Universities in Switzerland

World University Rankings

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne


University of Lausanne


3. Geneva

Home to n number of world-renowned NGOs of the world, Geneva sits on the shores of beautiful Geneva Lake. It is home to one of the student favorites: The Universities of Geneva. Geneva is also home to the world’s second-largest UN base. Geneva is one of the safest places not only in Switzerland but in the world.

Universities in Switzerland

World University Rankings

University of Geneva


4. Bern

Bern is the proper mix of history and modernization in one place. It is declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but it keeps up with modern times. There are enough places to go out at night or to wander around hiking on nearby heals. Academically, the University of Bern is the highest-ranked University at 120th in the world.

Universities in Switzerland

World University Rankings

University of Bern


5. Basel

Basel is Switzerland’s third most populous city, and it is near to both French and German borders. It is a culturally rich city for lovers of art, especially if you are into music. Schola Cantorum Basiliensis is a dedicated School of music from the medieval period. If you are more of a traditional Academic student, the University of Basel, ranked 136th in the world, is the place for you to study in Switzerland.

Universities in Switzerland

World University Rankings

University of Basel


Honorable Mention:


Montreux is located on the shores of Geneva Lake and at the base of Mount Alps. The most notable academic institutions here are business or Hotel Management institutes. Montreux has some of the most popular universities in Switzerland.

Top Universities in Montreux are:

  1. Glion Institute of Higher Education
  2. EU Business School


As said above, Montreux offers great natural landscapes and is home to many famous celebrities. On that thought, we are concluding our list. Do put your questions and views below in the comment box.


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