• Notes from the Federal Palace

The law on the Swiss schools abroad entered into force on 1 January 2015


The new law gives Swiss schools abroad greater operational flexibility while also enhancing the way in which Swiss culture and education are imparted. Basic vocational education and training and new Swiss schools abroad can now also receive funding.

In addition to the proportion of Swiss pupils, the total number of students is now also taken into account when calculating federal government’s funding contribution. The minimum quota of Swiss students previously prescribed no longer applies. To enable the Swiss schools abroad to plan better, a multi-year budget in line with the dispatch on culture will apply from 2016.

Federal government today supports 17 Swiss schools abroad worldwide: 7 in Europe, 8 in Latin America and 2 in Asia. They are attended by a total of 7,200 children of whom 1,800 hold a Swiss passport.

See also: 

Federal Office of Culture (FOC)