Switzerland is one of the wealthiest and most productive countries in the world. Despite of the fact that most bachelor’s degree programs are taught in one of the country’s official languages, German, French or Italian, you can also your preferred course in English, since there is an increasing number of master’s and PhD programs addressed to international students.Since 2009, more than 49000 international students chose to study in Switzerland. That is well over 21% of the student population body!
Note that every Swiss university or college is directly responsible for evaluating and reviewing previous academic qualifications to ascertain the validity and eligibility of applicants seeking admissions. That said, if you have successfully completed secondary school studies, and are in possession of a valid school leaving certificate and qualify for higher education studies in your home country, you will qualify for higher education studies in Switzerland. Well in some cases, you might be required to take additional qualifying courses.
If you are applying for a master’s program at university in Switzerland, you are required to be in possession of a relevant bachelor’s or equivalent degree diploma.
If you hold a foreign or international secondary or higher education degree, you will be required to pay registration and tuition fees at public universities and colleges in Switzerland. In most cases, international students are asked to pay registration fees of approximately 50 – 80 EUR. Tuition fees for international students could range from ca. 750 to 3000 EUR per semester depending on the school.
In Switzerland as well as in other countries in Europe, the academic year is divided into two semesters
- Fall semester: runs from September through December
- Spring semester: runs from February through June
Although application deadlines for studies in Switzerland vary depending on the study program and the university or college, students are usually required to submit their applications in the Spring semester for studies beginning the following academic year.
How to apply
Generally,, universities and colleges in Switzerland would require international students to submit completed documentations described below in order to evaluate their academic eligibility:
- A completed online application form for the selected study program or course. Most schools in Switzerland have online application systems.
- A recent passport-sized photo taken in the last 3-6 months
- Notarized copies of your foreign certificates. If you are applying for undergraduate programs (undergraduate), you will be required to submit a notarized copy of your school-leaving certificates. If you are applying for a second-cycle program (master’s), you will have to submit a notarized copy of your bachelor’s degree. And if you are applying for a PhD degree, you will have to submit a notarized copy of your master’s diploma