Refugee Teachers «Insight into Swiss Schools»: insights into the Swiss educational system

The Institute for Continuing Education and Counselling (IWB), part of the FHNW School of Education, is offering a job shadowing program for teachers, living in Switzerland as refugees,which involves observing Swiss primary school teachers in a classroom situation. By offering insights into Swiss schools and providing an opportunity for gaining familiarity with a school's culture and the daily routine of school life, the program is aimed at helping you consolidate your profes-sional knowledge with approaches to teaching practiced in Switzerland. The initiative also benefits your Swiss colleagues: your presence in their classrooms during two to four half-days promotes intercultural dialogue between professionals from different countries and helps them gain a better understanding of the challenges faced by refugee children and families.

Schedule and Events

  • Wednesday-Afternoon, 8th November 2023: kick-off event PH FHNW at the Campus Brugg-Windisch
  • Between November 2023 and beginning of March 2024: two to four job-shadowing visits, to be agreed upon in advance
  • Saturday-Morning, 2nd of March 2023: joint evaluation and exchange event PH FHNW at the Campus Brugg-Windisch

The events and job shadowing will take place in German and English.

Requirements for Participation

The job shadowing program is open to professionals who meet the following criteria:

  • You hold a primary school teaching qualification from your home country (e.g. Bachelor of Arts or similar)
  • You have already taught in a school
  • You hold a Swiss residency permit F, B or S (Ukraine) and live in Northwestern Switzerland (Aargau, Solothurn, Basel-Landschaft, Basel-Stadt)
  • You are proficient in spoken English and/or basic German
  • You have time to shadow a Swiss teacher in their school in Northwestern Switzerland during two to four half-days between November 2023 and the beginning of March 2024

Your travel expenses will be paid.


As a refugee primary school teacher, are you interested in this job shadowing opportunity? For questions about the program and to register your interest, please contact
Mirja Furrer, PH FHNW IWB
Institut Weiterbildung und Beratung, PH FHNW
Obere Sternengasse 7
4502 Solothurn

Deadline for applications: 29th of September 2023