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Top Universities for PhD Study in Switzerland in 2022

With four national languages and some of the most renowned universities in Europe, it’s no surprise that Switzerland is a popular location for international students. Alongside a picturesque landscape and generous university funding, it’s likely Switzerland will continue to remain a popular study location.

We’ve put together the latest international university rankings to identify some of the best universities for PhD study in Switzerland.


Top Swiss Universities in 2022
University THE 2022 QS 2022 ARWU 2021
ETH Zurich 15 =8 21
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne =40 =14 91
University of Zurich =75 =70 54
University of Bern =101 119 101-150
University of Basel 103 =138 87
University of Lausanne 176 =169 101-150
University of Geneva =197 =105 60
University of St Gallen 301-350 - 801-900
Università della Svizzera Italiana 301-350 =240 501-600
University of Fribourg 401-500 561-570 501-600
Information in this table is based on the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings and Academic Ranking of World Universities. Visit their websites for more information.

So, how good are Swiss universities for PhD study?

As its education system has recently introduced a range of new innovative research opportunities, Switzerland competes with other top European countries as an attractive destination for PhD research.

The Swiss National Science Foundation also offers generous support for early career researchers. This makes in an excellent choice for those wishing to continue their research in the same location after their PhD.

We've put together a few tips and tricks that can help you make the most of rankings for PhD study in our guide.

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