10 Things to Know Before Studying in Switzerland
Are you currently looking for study abroad destinations? Looking for one of the most respected places to study in Europe?
There are so many reasons why you should choose Switzerland as your study abroad destination and there are also lots of important things to consider before applying.
1. Why Choose Switzerland
Switzerland attracts thousands of international students from all around the world every year and it is easy to see why. The quality of life, friendly locals, modern facilities and top class education available makes this destination really appealing. Studying and living here also gives you the opportunity to meet people, enhance your learning, gain work experience and also apply to jobs in Switzerland.
2. Best Places to Study
Switzerland is such a diverse country so whether you are interested in studying in a world class modern city, or in the scenic Swiss Alps, you will be able to find a location to match your interests.
Some of the most popular student cities include Basel, Zürich, Bern, Geneva and Lausanne. Other lesser known places to consider include: Winterthur,Lucerne, St. Gallen, Lugano, Biel/Bienne, Thun, Bellinzona, Köniz, Fribourg, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Schaffhausen, Chur, Vernier, Uster and Sion.
3. Academic Year
The academic year in Switzerland is split into two semesters - autumn (September to December) and spring (February to May).
4. Top Rated Courses & Universtiies
Higher education institutions in Switzerland offer:
- Bachelors degrees
- Masters degrees
- Doctoral (PhD) degrees.
Switzerland has some of the most respected universities in the world. Some of the best places to apply include:
- ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute ofTechnology (6th)
- EPFL - École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (18th)
- University of Zurich (76th)
- EU Business School
- Geneva Business School (GBS)
Courses, like at any university can be a challenge, however, there is always help available from tutors, the library and also online. Lots of apps and websites can help you yo succeed and simplify the process of learning.
Some offer essay, exam preparation help and also writing paper advice. You will need to schedule time to study, and dedicate yourself to passing your course.
There are four national languages of Switzerland are German, French, Italian and Romansh. Most local people speak English and you can find lots of courses also taught in English. Knowing German, French, Italian or Romansh is a bonus, but not a requirement for studying here.
Students from the EU and European Economic Area (EEA) do not need a visa to study here. However, all students need to register as a foreign resident within 14 days of arrival. To do this you will need:
- a valid passport
- proof of university registration
- a bank statement to provide evidence of funds
- proof of health insurance
- proof of address
- two passport photographs
7. Student Life
Being a student in Switzerland can be a lot of fun, most universities offer social events and you will likely meet lots of people on your course.
8. You'll Meet People from All Over the World
Around 25% of students in Switzerland are from overseas so you will get the chance to make friends with people from all over the world.
Switzerland is one of the most expensive countries in Europe and the world, but studying here doesn't have to cost a fortune. Most institutions offer low university fees and there are lots of ways to experience the country on a budget.
Tuition fees for universities in Switzerland vary and some are even free with financial assistance and scholarships available for international students.
In Switzerland, they use Francs, not the Euro. Contactless payments are accepted in most locations. Switzerland isn't cheap so you will need to work out a budget for food, drink, entertainment and accommodation.
10. Travel As Much As You Can
Switzerland is spectacular and there are so many places to go and things to do. From exploring cities to getting your adventure on with skiing, hiking, climbing, biking, glacier trekking or canyoning, you will be spoilt for choice.
If you are thinking about going to study abroad in Europe then Switzerland really needs to be somewhere to consider applying.
Are you interested in studying in Swizterland? Or have you already studied here? Let us know in the comments section below.