Study in Switzerland
Support for applying to University in Switzerland
What can Switzerland offer students
Switzerland is one of the richest and most productive countries in the world and offers a huge amount of cultural diversity. With four national languages (Swiss German, French, Italian and Romansch) its position as a melting pot of rich European culture makes it an attractive and interesting option for students looking to broaden their horizons. Switzerland has always been considered a neutral country and this long history of democracy and federalism has made it an attractive option for many overseas students.
Choosing to study in Switzerland offers a very outdoor and active lifestyle. Sitting within the Alps, there is a strong culture of Skiing and Mountaineering. With its lakes, rivers and mountains, students are able to make good use of the natural landscape and being so centrally located within Europe means that travel and transport is simple and often very cost effective. There is an excellent rail infrastructure linking Switzerland to France, Spain, Italy and Germany along with major international airports connecting students to the rest of the world.
Higher education in Switzerland
The higher education system is made up of twelve general universities along with a multitude of applied science and specialist research centers. Many of these rank incredibly well on global scale for example, ETH Zurich ranks 10th and Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, which specialises in the Sciences, Engineering and Architecture, ranks 12th, (QS world University Rankings).
It is possible to study in Switzerland on a course that is run entirely in English. This is very commonplace at Masters Level and above. The number of English programmes running at undergraduate level is however a rapid area of growth. This growth is a reflection of Switzerland’s commitment to attracting students from an international pool. 21 per cent of university students here are from overseas meaning that university life is a very cosmopolitan experience.
Whilst the government actively supports university education for its nationals by offering assisted or subsidised places (either free or very little), there is only a small premium charged for international students. Tuition fees range from as little as £650 per year up to £2,000. These are some of the lowest fees available within Higher Education across the entire continent.
The major cities such as Zurich and Geneva have a reputation for being some of the most expensive in the world. Despite this, university accommodation is readily available across most campuses and rents are comparable with the majority of other European cities. Taking advantage of low tuition fees, excellent academic reputation and a very diverse culture, Switzerland is certainly a very valid option for students looking to experience university life in a cosmopolitan way!
If you’re interested in studying in Switzerland, we can help you navigate the university application process, ensuring you make the right choice of university course and location. Please contact us to speak to one of our advisers.