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SIEPS is your one stop solution,
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central contact in Switzerland and
SIEPS cuts across cultural and
language barriers. We work in
English, French and German.
SIEPS offers a client specific service.
The SIEPS Education Database
includes some of the most significant
and oldest international schools and
private universities in Switzerland.
Included in the database are all
accreditation agencies as well as an
exhaustive list of degrees offered by
Swiss private schools & universities.
The database is fully searchable.
SIEPS guarantees the quality of its
Education Database by the following
quality control measures:
Only private schools and
universities which SIEPS has
visited and evaluated are
included in the SIEPS database.
SIEPS familiarises itself with
the information which is to be
published and clarifies any
questions before publishing the
course details and
Total transparency with regard
to faculty members, class size,
nationality mix, grading
system, class attendance,
recreational activities and
boarding house facilities, where
applicable. Clear information on
accreditation levels with links to
the websites of the
accreditation bodies is also
Encouraging feedback from
students who have been placed
by SIEPS in various educational
Giving feedback in a general
manner to the educational
institutions concerned, so that
the most appreciated elements
can be maintained, and the
least appreciated aspects can
be improved upon.
Consequently, what has been
published has been verified and
understood, which, in turn, ensures
the quality of our recommendations.
Private Education in Switzerland:
The schools running the private educational market in Switzerland include some of the
most famous and oldest in the country. The main concern of Switzerland is the furtherance
of the quality of the schools which attach their names to the traditional Swiss quality
brand. In Switzerland about 100,000 pupils, students and apprentices, from a wide variety
of regions within our country and from over 100 other countries are educated in private
In addition, Switzerland is proud to have some of the best private hotel schools and private
universities located in the country. Summer camps, language courses and a large choice of
other educational offers complete the “menu” of Swiss private education.
Swiss boarding schools benefit from an excellent, internationally recognized education.
Most Swiss children go to state (public) schools. However, there are also more than 20 bi-
or multilingual international schools in Switzerland, some of them private, some under
federal control. Most of them offer the International Baccalaureate plus several other
programs leading to country-specific university qualifications.
An environment for success
With its four languages, varied cultures, beautiful landscapes and peaceful political
environment, Switzerland is not only a prime destination for tourism but also plays a
leading role in the international educational field.
For over a century, Swiss private schools – offering individualized, innovative and high-
standard educational opportunities – have been one of the top-quality products of
Validity of degrees issued by private institutions in Switzerland
is a type of quality assurance process under which services and operations of educational
institutions or programs are evaluated by an external body to determine if applicable
standards are met. If standards are met, accredited status is granted by the agency.
In most countries in the world, the function of educational accreditation is conducted by
a government organization, such as a ministry of education. In the United States,
however, a quality assurance process exists that is independent of government and
performed by private membership associations. The U.S. accreditation process developed
in the late 19th century and early 20th century after educational institutions perceived a
need for improved coordination and articulation between secondary and post-secondary
educational institutions, along with standardization of requirements between the two
Question: Is accreditation necessary?
Just because a school claims membership in a state, regional or national association
doesn't mean that it is accredited. Many schools claim to be accredited when, in
reality, they are not. Accreditation is a status granted by organizations which have
been authorized by state authorities to do so. Accreditation is a highly prized
designation which has to be earned by the accredited schools. Accreditation is your
guarantee that a school has met certain minimum standards during a thorough
review by a body of its peers.
Answer: Accreditation implies approval of a school's programs and their
implementation. It implies ongoing development and adherence to established
standards. It demonstrates to present and future clientele that the institution is
serious about its mission. It validates a school's hard work and progress in a variety
of important areas. Parents should ask if a school is accredited as it indicates that
the school has undergone a rigorous program of peer review.
Approval is not granted just because a school applies for accreditation and pays a fee.
Look at the process by which hundreds of private schools have achieved accreditation in
NEASC. The oldest of the six regional accrediting associations, the New England
Association of Schools and Colleges was founded in 1885. It now claims some 1,848
schools and colleges in New England as accredited members. In addition it has over 92
overseas schools which have met its criteria. The Middle States Association of Colleges
and Schools lists similar standards for its member institutions. These are serious,
exhaustive evaluations of schools, their programs and their facilities.
Schools must maintain accreditation:
Accreditation is not permanent. It must be maintained. A school has to demonstrate
during a regular review process that it has developed and grown, not just maintained
the status quo. The Obligations of Affiliation, for instance, of the North Central
Association of Schools and Colleges specifically states that a member school must
undergo review not later than five years after original accreditation was granted, and
not later than ten years after each satisfactory review.
The word standards has been used seven times so far. But that's what accreditation is
all about: standards, high standards, uniform standards. Standards are important to
parents who are investing in their child's future. The question every parent is silently
asking is a simple "Is it worth it?" High standards reassure them that it is indeed worth it.
The SIEPS Education database has, in addition to a select list of private schools and
universities in Switzerland, an exhaustive list of accreditation agencies which are used in the
private educational market in Switzerland.
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