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Studies in Switzerland

 

About the country

 

Switzerland is a country situated in the heart of Europe. Its capital is Berne, even if Zurich is Switzerland’s biggest city. The country has four national languages. German (64%), French (20%), Italian (6.5%) and Romansh (1%)

 

Institutions of tertiary education

 

Twelve research universities (ten cantonal universities and two federal institutes of technology) offer theoretically-oriented programmes. These institutions are currently the only research universities in Switzerland which are allowed to confer doctoral degrees. There are 5 universities in the German-speaking part of Switzerland (Basel, Berne, Zurich, Lucerne, St Gallen), 3 in the French-speaking part (Geneva, Lausanne, Neuchâtel) and one in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino (Università della Svizzera italiana/ located in Lugano). Fribourg University is bilingual in German and French.

 

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Eidgenösische Technische Hochschule Zürich ETHZ) and Lausanne (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne EPFL) are university-level institutions as well.

 

Seven public-funded and two private universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulen) which are recognized by the Swiss authorities offer professionally-oriented studies, a fact which grants their graduates very good prospects on the job market. A distinctive feature of Swiss universities of applied sciences is that many of them offer also some programmes in arts (Theatre Arts, Music, Fine Arts). The universities of applied sciences offer also several programmes in English. You can searchfor specific programmes at universities of applied sciences online.

 

Universities of teacher education are also educational institutions which offer professionally-oriented studies. Most of them are independent establishments, and some of them form part of universities or universities of applied sciences.

 

Fees at Swiss universities & living expenses

 

Due to the national commitment to education and the generous funding from federal and cantonal governments, tuition fees at Swiss universities are relatively low.


Tuition Fees at universities per Year in CHF

 

EPFL

ETHZ

BS

BE

FR

GE

LA

LU

NE

SG

ZH

USI

For Swiss students

1,266

1,288

1,400

1,310

1,310

1,000

1,160

1,570

1,030

2,040

1,378

4,000

Additional fees for foreign students

 

 

 

 

300

 

 

 

550

300

200

4,000

For foreign students

1,266

1,288

1,400

1,310

1,610

1,000

1,160

1,570

1,580

2,340

1,578

8,000

Source: swissuniversity.ch (2011)

http://www.swissuniversity.ch/grants-scholarship-fees.htm

 

Tuition fees at the universities of applied sciences vary between CHF 500 and CHF 1200 per semester for bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Some schools charge higher fees for international students.

 

Living expenses can be estimated between CHF 20,000 and 30,000 (approximately 15.000 – 25.000 EUR) per year, depending on the location of the university and personal needs.

 

 

Enrollment and admission at Swiss universities & universities of applied sciences

 

The decision concerning admission to a course of studies rests with the individual institution. The basic admission requirement for holders of foreign certificatesis a secondary high-school-leaving certificate considered equivalent to a Swiss secondary high-school-leaving certificate (Matura, Maturité, Maturità). Each university makes its own decisions as to what certificates and qualifications it recognizes. For the recognition of the Απολυτήριο at the various universities click here.

 

Students not holding fully recognized certificates qualifying for university entrance may be required to take a university entrance exam.

 

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.

 

Also for universities of applied sciences there is no national system of application for entrance. Each university of applied sciences, and each school or department, determines its own selection criteria and selects its students. The minimum entrance requirement is an upper secondary education, either an apprenticeship with a professional maturity certificate (Berufsmatura/ maturité professionnelle) or a general (academic) maturity certificate plus one year of professional practice in form of an internship or work placement.

 

 

Language Requirements

 

All Swiss universities require good knowledge of the language of instruction.

 

A good knowledge of German, French or Italian, depending on the chosen university and school/department, is imperative for anyone who wishes to study in Switzerland.


An increasing number of study programmes at Master's level are offered in English, thus a solid knowledge of English languages is advisable for all prospective students.

 

 

Required Steps If You Want to Study in Switzerland

 

a. Apply for Admission


Contact the 
university of your choice prior to the admission deadline. Most of the universities also accept online applications. The main documents that you will have to send to the university are your upper secondary school-leaving certificate (the original or a notarized copy) and an up-to-date passport photograph. 

 

b. Entry/Visa and Residence Permit


Within 14 days of entering Switzerland, EU/EFTA citizens must register with the local authority (
Einwohnerkontrolle, Residents' Registration Office) at the place of residence and apply for a residence permit.


You will need to present the following documents:

  • Personal application for residence permit 

  • Valid passport or identity card

  • Proof of registration at the university 

  • Evidence of sufficient funds (bank certificate or certified document)

  • Proof of address at place of residence 

  • 2 passport photographs

 

 

Further useful links

 

http://www.crus.ch/information-programme/study-in-switzerland.html?L=2

http://www.swissuniversity.ch/studying-in-switzerland.htm