Switzerland is a popular expat destination with good career opportunities, generous salaries, and a great quality of living. What’s expat life in Switzerland like for families with children, though? Is it difficult to relocate there with your pets? Or to get married in Switzerland? Our guide has the answers.
At first, the Swiss education system might seem confusing to newly arrived expats: actually, there isn’t one system, but 26 of them. As in so many other respects, the various cantons have considerable political autonomy. Therefore, each canton organizes the local education system a little differently, though all of them have to follow certain standards set by the Swiss federal government. What public schools across Switzerland have in common, regardless of their exact location, is an excellent reputation for high-quality education. However, the language barrier could still pose potential problems for expat children. The language of instruction is usually the official language of the respective canton — French, German, or Italian. Expat families with a different native language might prefer to send their kids to one of Switzerland’s many international schools. The latter are, however, private institutions that often charge high tuition fees.