Study in Switzerland

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Key facts

  • Currency
    Swiss franc ₣
  • Student population
    250,000
  • Languages
    French, German, Italian and Romansh
  • Universities
    12

Why study in Switzerland?

Choosing to study for a degree in Switzerland allows you to study in one of Europe’s wealthiest, most sought after countries. With several universities listed inside the world’s top 100, you’ll receive a great education and quality of life whilst in Switzerland.

Switzerland is split into cantons, much like states. Each canton has one or more of German, Italian, French and Romansh as its official languages. This gives students the additional opportunity of learning another language whilst studying in English.

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Where can you study in Switzerland

With more than 60% of the country made up of the imposing Alps, Switzerland is a country dominated by scenery and landscape. Skiing and winter sports in the mountains is clearly a big draw for many international students, as its energetic and compact cities such as Geneva, Lausanne and Bern.

It’s important to remember that each region of Switzerland has its own feel, customs and festivals – and even costume. Travelling around Switzerland can often feel like you’re visiting several different countries all at once.

What is the cost of study in Switzerland?

Tuition fees in Switzerland can vary dramatically depending on what level and subject you are studying. A year’s tuition can cost anywhere between €2,000 - €6,500.

Living costs in Switzerland are high and accommodation costs are no different.

What are the requirements to study in Switzerland?

Qualifications

International bachelor’s students applying to study in Switzerland must have completed upper secondary education to a level determined by the university. This can also be affected by the type of program you are wanting to join.

In general, for master’s programs you must have completed a bachelor’s degree in a relevant or required subject.

English language tests

Switzerland requires students studying in English to hold a qualification in English language proficiency such as TOEFL or IELTS.

Switzerland student visa

Although not a member of the EU, Switzerland does allow EU citizens to attend university in the country. Students from outside the EU will need to apply for a D visa.

Any students staying in the country for longer than three months must register with the Residents’ Registration Office at their relevant authority within 14 days of arriving, and will also need to show:

  • A valid passport
  • Proof of a place at a registered university
  • Evidence of funds to support themselves
  • Proof of address
  • Health insurance

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Student reviews for Switzerland

Ibtisam Alkhawfi
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Studied Civil Engineering at IHTTI School of Hotel & Design Management
Overall Experience
  • Academic
    2
  • University social
    1
  • Accommodation
    4
  • University facilities
    4
What's it like to study in Switzerland

USA. It is a small city, noting much to do except studying.

Brandon Freire
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Studied Kinesiology at IHTTI School of Hotel & Design Management
Overall Experience
  • Academic
    4
  • University social
    4
  • Accommodation
    3
  • University facilities
    5
What's it like to study in Switzerland

America can be challenging at some times just with how they handle different situations. But the life experience I am getting by being here is extremely valuable and I am thankful to be here everyday.

Zichen Song
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Studied Mechanical Engineering at IHTTI School of Hotel & Design Management
Overall Experience
  • Academic
    4
  • University social
    4
  • Accommodation
    4
  • University facilities
    5
What's it like to study in Switzerland

Advantages: good style of study, good teaching quality, excellent learning equipment. The diploma recognition rate is high. Because I want to get a bachelor degree, I will be familiar with the United States. There is lots of beautiful scenery. Disadvantages: Tuition is high, and international relations with China are not very good. It's not very convenient to return to China, and the ticket is expensive.

Leonardus Joan Alviano
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Studied Business Administration at Business and Hotel Management School
Overall Experience
  • Academic
    5
  • University social
    5
  • Accommodation
    5
  • University facilities
    4
What's it like to study in Switzerland

People from Lucerne are friendly. There are so many places that students should visit during their studies. Festivals during summer and winter will entertain students every season.

Siu Fung Cheung
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Studied Hospitality Management at Business and Hotel Management School
Overall Experience
  • Academic
    3
  • University social
    5
  • Accommodation
    4
  • University facilities
    4
What's it like to study in Switzerland

The people in Switzerland are all very nice and kind. It is a very safe country as well. You can enjoy the very beautiful natural environment here. Every place here is like a painting, you won’t believe your eyes. Moreover, Switzerland is in the middle of Europe and connecting with France, Germany and Italy, so it is convenient to travel other European countries. The only thing to complain about is the expense.