About Switzerland

Switzerland is home to much more than chocolate and cuckoo clocks. Spectacular Alpine mountain ranges are flanked by crystal-clear bodies of water such as Lake Geneva. You will also be in for a treat in regards to the culture to be found here. There is no doubt that Switzerland is one of the most beautiful countries within Europe. Home to more than eight million residents, the country’s world-class universities attract countless prospective students looking for quality higher education.

Switzerland not only boasts an internationalized higher education sector. It also has quite an internationalized economy and political sphere. Thousands of international companies and organisations have settled here because of the country’s pedigree of neutrality, open-mindedness, diplomatic virtues and political stability.

Education System

Swiss universities, universities of applied sciences and arts, and universities of teacher education strive for academic excellence. They fare well in conducting top-notch research and in acquiring competition-based funding. Teaching in Swiss higher education is much more than rote learning up on theory or rushing from one exam to another. Nearly all professors are involved in cutting-edge research projects and closely link their student-centered teaching to their findings. The Swiss higher education system is very selective. Studying at a Swiss university will of course always involve a solid base in theoretical foundation. Your classes, seminars and projects will, however, be strongly linked to research conducted at your institution. Swiss universities are dedicated to the task of forming highly skilled, creative, innovative, and multilingual and culturally open graduates.

Students learn directly from researchers. Academic excellence is mainly based on an outstanding framework for junior and senior researchers and on the principle of competition. There are several national research funds in Switzerland where scholars compete for funding – for basic research or for R&D. Apart from being an innovation hotspot; Switzerland is also highly successful in international competition for research funds.

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Capital

Bern

Large Cities

Zürich, Geneva, Montreux

Area Size

41,285 km²

Language

German, French, Italian, Romansh

Population

8,570,146 (As of 2019)

Currency

Swiss franc (CHF) and Euro (€) (EUR)

Universities

12 Swiss Universities and 9 Universities of Applied Sciences

International Students

19,000 (As of 2019)

Business Management, Hotel & Hospitality Management and Sustainability Management are the top-recommended courses to study in Switzerland. Apart from these, various other UG and PG courses which are gaining more popularity among students are Quantitative & Systems Biology, International Law, Banking & Finance, Applied Mathematics and Interdisciplinary Sciences
The approximate cost of education and living vary from CHF 19,000 to CHF 25,000 per year depending on the program, university and location
Switzerland is best known for its banks, watches, chocolate, education, and high cost of living. What we didn’t know is that it’s generous when it comes to scholarships, too. International students in Switzerland interested in scholarships can get them by the Swiss government, from Swiss Universities, or by other organizations such as SEMS.
Intake Remark
September Offered by all Universities, Institute of Technology and Private Colleges for Non EU Students

Living Standards

Twenty-one percent of the Swiss population comprises of foreigners and it is common to run into people with different cultures. Three different languages, namely Swiss German, Italian, and French, add up to a rich experience for expats. The country is safe and sound, with terrorism and crime being quite negligible. People are warm and welcoming. Health insurance is compulsory for all citizens or foreigners, living or studying in Switzerland. It is an investment one has to account for while accounting for the cost of studying in Switzerland.

The weather in Switzerland is fairly lovable with greenery and fresh air adding to its natural beauty and exuberance. The country deeply cares about nature and all public places, including workplaces and colleges that adhere to strict environmental protection practices.

The standard of living is better than most countries in the world and Zürich ranks third in the list of best cities in the world to stay in. Poverty is minimal in the country, and services are well paid for. Employment is difficult to find for outsiders since the Swiss believe in first employing the natives. Overall, living in Switzerland is convenient and comfortable but you need to be really good at what you do to be able to grab a work visa extending your education.

Opportunities

  • Well-taught and quality programs for cheap
  • The most innovative country in the world – In 2018, Switzerland ranked first for the eighth consecutive year as the most innovative country in the world in The Global Innovation Index.
  • 25% of the population is foreign
  • One of the countries with the highest quality of life
  • It’s a Nobel Prize machine – Swiss universities have produced 113 Nobel Laureates, and most of these Nobel Prize winners are scientists.
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Highest salary and job security

Visa

Study

Degree Duration of Degree Post Study Work Visa
Bachelor’s 3-4 years 6 months
Master’s 1-2 years 6 months

Residency

If you find an employer offering you a job, they will apply for your permit for Swiss Work Visa. Work Permit will be valid as long as you are employed with a Swiss Employer. A language test may be required, also the financial proof that you can sustain yourself in Switzerland during the stay. If you want to become a Permanent Resident (PR in Switzerland), you must have lived in Switzerland for 10 Years.