International A Level: a ticket to a university degree

The Academia International School in Basel and Zurich has been preparing pupils for the internationally recognised higher education entrance qualification, the International A Level, for more than 15 years. This qualification is recognised and valued by universities and higher education institutions around the world. As a rule, the motivation for this programme remains very high during the last two school years: pupils can concentrate on subjects that they really enjoy and that are relevant for their future university studies.

Our teaching method

In the A Level programme, our pupils usually take three to four subjects. They engage with the learning material in depth and learn to acquire knowledge independently. In this way, we prepare them optimally for their later studies at a higher education institution or university in Switzerland or abroad.

Our pupils choose their specialist subjects from a wide range of subjects and according to their career aspirations. They can build on their strengths and stay motivated in class until the last day of school.

Our student advice service plays an important role in this phase. The team advises our pupils on choosing the right subjects and on selecting the right course of study and university.

The teaching of cognitive and metacognitive strategies and scientific and independent work are further building blocks that prepare our pupils for successful university studies. This is the responsibility of our highly motivated and qualified teachers, who support and challenge our pupils individually.

Electives and extracurricular activities

An attractive electives programme and extracurricular activities complement the examination-relevant subjects and ensure the holistic development of our pupils.


Pupils from our IGCSE programme are admitted to our A Level programme without having to take an exam, provided they complete the relevant IGCSE subjects with good grades.

For all other pupils, we clarify their aptitude through an admission interview and, if necessary, assessments.

Follow-on options

After completing the International A Level, the doors to universities and higher education institutions in Switzerland and around the world are open to our pupils.
A selection of universities where our graduates study can be found here.

Would you like to find out more? Then arrange a non-binding consultation or attend one of our information events.

Key facts of our International A Level programme

  • Strength-oriented through a wide range of subjects
  • Degree recognised by universities and higher education institutions worldwide
  • Personal student advice service from a careers advisor
  • Holistic approach with innovative teaching and learning methods
  • Consistently high success rate in examinations for more than 15 years
  • An exceptional team of dedicated, highly qualified teachers with many years of experience at this level of education

From a dream to a dream job


Our pupils can take the following specialist subjects (A Levels):

Biology, Chemistry, German, English, French, Geography, History, Mathematics, Physics, Economics.

Other subjects on request.