Study in Switzerland
It borders on France in the west and southwest, with the Jura Mts. and the Lake of Geneva (traversed by the Rhône River) forming the frontier; in the north it is separated from Germany by the Rhine River and Lake Constance; its eastern neighbors are Austria and Liechtenstein; in the southeast and south it is divided from Italy by the Alpine crests, the Lake of Lugano, and Lago Maggiore.
· Full name: Confoederatio Helvetica,
· Population: 4.595 million (2013)
· Capital: Bern
· Largest city: Zurich
· Area: 41,287 sq km
Bern, Sion, Thun. Chur
The climate is moderate with no excessive heat, cold or humidity. From July to August the daytime temperature range is 18 to 28 °C (65° - 82° F)
Since Switzerland has no raw materials, it must import, process and resell them as products. The service industries are arguably the most important part of the economy. These include banking, insurance and tourism. It is considered No.1 in Hotel Management and education, Finance and Dairy Products.
German, French, Italian, Romansch
The mention of Switzerland immediately brings up vivid images of mouth-watering chocolates, cheeses, swiss watches, world-renowned banks, the Red Cross, and the breathtakingly beautiful Swiss Alps. A country with a rich history, Switzerland has the advantages of a blended culture, built on the combined historical influence of the French, German as well as the Italians.
Switzerland is multi-lingual, which makes it an ideal location for studying and practicing languages. First, Switzerland has many language learning schools, plus four national languages: German, French, Italian, and Romansh. The high number of international students means that you will also have opportunities to learn and practice non-Swiss languages as well.
Switzerland's 12 universities comprise 10 cantonal universities and 2 Federal Institutes of Technology. A list of the twelve universities with links to their Web sites is available here.
The language of instruction is German at the Universities of Basel, Bern, Lucerne, St. Gallen and Zurich and at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ).
The language of instruction is French at the Universities of Geneva, Lausanne, and Neuchatel and at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL).
The languages of instruction are German and/or French at the University of Fribourg; Fribourg is the capital of the bilingual Canton of Fribourg.
At the University of Lugano (USI), Switzerland's university in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland founded in 1The number of university graduates continues to rise each year in Switzerland. Nevertheless, all study programmes have remained open to students having a valid maturity certificate or other certificate qualifying for university entrance
Exceptions are study programmes in medicine (human medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine) and chiropractic as well as in human movement and sports sciences. There may be entrance examinations to the study programmes in medicine and partly in human movement and sports sciences depending on the number of applicants for admission in any given year. The limited number of openings is the reason why international students, apart from some special cases, are not admitted to the study programmes in medicine.
A list of all study programmes is available as a table and a data base.
Click here for a list of study programs with English as the language of instruction.
996, courses are mainly taught in Italian.
Many decide not to study abroad simply because of cost, when it’s a lot more affordable than you think. The recommended student budget for a year is between 16 and 24,000 swiss francs, and if that still is prohibitive, many schools have scholarships and funding for international students, so it is strongly advised you reach out to the school you are interested in.
His study system at universities in Switzerland is in accordance with the Bologna Declaration organised in a three-cycle structure: The first study cycle requires 180 ECTS credits (three-year full-time study programme); the Bachelor's degree is awarded at completion. This is followed by the second cycle comprising 90 to 120 ECTS credits (1 ½ to 2-year full-time programme); the Master's degree is awarded at completion. The duration of and requirements for the third cycle, doctoral studies leading to the doctorate (PhD), are established by each university independently, but admission to doctoral studies is always based on a written application and the individual applicant's qualifications (selection process; there is no general right to entry).
In addition, the universities also offer a postgraduate degree called Master of Advanced Studies - MAS (minimum 60 ECTS credits, or 1-year full-time study programme). The MAS does not give access to doctoral level programmes. Admittance to an MAS programme usually requires a university level Master's degree (from a university, university of applied sciences, or university of teacher education).
Switzerland’s economy is based on a highly qualified labour force performing highly skilled work. The main areas include microtechnology, hitech, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, as well as banking and insurance know-how. The service sector now employs the greatest number of people.
Most of the people working in Switzerland are employed by small and medium-sized enterprises, which play an extremely important role in the Swiss economy.
The Swiss are concerned that economic activity should have as little impact as possible on the environment. Switzerland's energy and transport policies aim to be environmentally friendly.
The age of unlimited economic growth in Switzerland is over. Fear of unemployment has been one of the main concerns of the Swiss for several years.
Rights during studies:
For foreign students, the number of weekly work hours is limited to 15, but this is fairly flexible depending on the canton (in Geneva, for example, you can work up to 30 hours per week). Nevertheless, most people will advise you not to take on extra work, since the university workload is already quite heavy, depending on the faculty. It is easier to find employment in the large urban centers like Geneva and Zurich. Each university has a job placement office that provides information on student employment. Wages vary between SFR 20 and SFR 35 according to the job and your skills.
Work rights for your spouse:
If you are from an EU/EFTA state you can apply for your own residence permit if your marriage ends (either through divorce, death or annulment) provided:
You are employed or
You have sufficient financial means to meet your living requirements in Switzerland.
A divorced spouse’s or child’s existing residence permit may be extended provided:
the marriage lasted at least three years in Switzerland and the spouse / family lived together, the persons concerned were successfully integrated in Switzerland (reputation, knowledge of the language, willingness to work) or
Important personal circumstances make it necessary to continue living in Switzerland (e.g. persecution in their home country).
Spouses and children over 12 years old who have come to Switzerland under the family reunification scheme obtain a settlement permit after five years of continuous residence in this country. They also have the right to settle in Switzerland following a divorce or after the spouse’s death.