The Swiss schools abroad

The 17 Swiss schools abroad officially recognised by the Swiss Confederation are spread across nine countries on three continents. In all, around 7,800 pupils – including some 1,800 Swiss children – attend these Swiss educational establishments in Italy, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Thailand and Singapore. They are taught by about 300 Swiss teachers as well as numerous local teaching staff. The Swiss Federal Government supports these schools financially and the sponsor cantons provide advice on educational and administrative issues. The schools were established in locations with larger Swiss populations and/or where Swiss companies operated. The schools in Italy, for example, were founded back in the 19th century. More were opened in other countries over the course of the 20th century. A new school in Beijing is planning to open its doors in the summer of 2017.

The Berne-based association educationsuisse is the umbrella organisation of the Swiss schools abroad, representing their interests to the general public, companies and the authorities in Switzerland. Educationsuisse also undertakes a number of administrative, financial management and HR tasks on behalf of these schools and organises the annual conference of the Swiss schools abroad.

In addition, educationsuisse supports and advises young Swiss citizens abroad and pupils at Swiss schools abroad who would like to study or undergo vocational training in Switzerland.

Information about the Swiss schools abroad and the advice on offer can be found at: www.educationsuisse.ch.

Ruth von Gunten, educationsuisse

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