Liechtenstein has a strong education system with successful schools and a wide range of training and further education options. High-quality education is of great importance for such a small country, because it makes it possible to maintain the innovative drive in the economy, state and society.
Time and time again, PISA studies have confirmed that Liechtenstein has an excellent education system. After completing compulsory schooling, youngsters have the choice between completing school-leaving exams entitling them to go to university and opting for a vocational path, which also can be extended by a professional Baccalaureate . The school-leaving certificate not only grants access to the University of Liechtenstein but also to universities in Switzerland and Austria. Basic vocational training in Liechtenstein is based on a two-track or three-track approach. The two-track approach, known as the dual system, combines working as an apprentice in a company and attending a special vocational school. The three-track approach comprises these two elements as well as additional courses designed to teach and further develop practical skills. After vocational training, recognized higher professional education programs on tertiary level can be completed additionally. Partly thanks to the excellent vocational training opportunities available, Liechtenstein has a low youth unemployment rate.
Despite the country's small size, Liechtenstiein offers a wide range of education options. The University of Liechtenstein runs study programmes in Entrepreneurship, IT and Business Process Management, Banking and Financial Management, Business Administration and Architecture. It is truly international, having partnerships with over 70 universities around the world. Other educational institutions include the Private University in the Principality of Liechtenstein and the International Academy of Philosophy. Within a radius of 70km there are renowned higher-education institutions such as the University of St. Gallen (HSG). The University of Applied Sciences of Eastern Switzerland and its associated institutions such as the Buchs Inter-State University of Technology offers study courses covering many fields and are easy to get to from Liechtenstein. As a member of the European Economic Area (EEA), Liechtenstein is actively involved in the EU's vocational training programmes, which give youngsters the chance to gather international experience after completing an apprenticeship.
The International School Rheintal is another important educational institution near Liechtenstein. The school teaches children from kindergarten age through to the International Baccalaureate (IB) in English and receives financial support from the government in Liechtenstein and companies based in the Principality. The school is located in the Swiss town of Buchs, just over the border from Liechtenstein, and can therefore be reached quickly and easily.