Studying in the Switzerland) is very rewarding for international students seeking a rich and economically stable country in Europe. Note that the official languages are German, French, and Italian, but international students can also choose to study in English. This is due to the fact that as at 2009, over 21% of the students studying in Switzerland are english speaking international students.
Switzerland has for years been reputed as neutral, and as well as being the home reputable organization like the Red Cross, Olympic committee and World Economic forum etc. Though not a member of the European Union, Switzerland is a signee to the Schengen agreement enabling students to visit other European states without having to apply for visa.
When applying for admissions, the following documents shall be required from intending students wishing to study in any University and college in Switzerland.
- A filled and duly completed application form for any program which can be done online
- A well sized passport photograph taken within the last three months
- A secondary school leaving certificate for those pursuing an undergraduate program, a notarized copy of bachelor degree certificate for those going for a Master’s degree. A copy of master’s diploma shall be required for those who wish to pursue a doctoral (PhD) program
Students are advised to visit the website of the school they intend to study to find out other relevant documents.
Switzerland tertiary educational programs run for two semesters and are;
- Fall semester
- Spring semester
The best time for international students to start application is spring semester. This will afford the university/college enough time to process your admission for the next academic session.
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If you hold a foreign or international secondary or higher education degree, you will have to pay registration and tuition fees at public universities and colleges in Switzerland. In general, foreign students must pay registration fees of approximately 50 – 80 EUR. Tuition fees for foreign students range from ca. 750 to 3000 EUR per semester depending on the school.
Each Swiss university or college is responsible for evaluating if your previous qualifications are valid for you to meet the minimum eligibility to apply for a first-cycle degree. However, if you have successfully completed upper secondary studies, you are in possession of a valid school leaving certificate and qualify for higher education studies in your home country, you usually qualify for higher education studies in Switzerland. In some cases, you are also 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.
Students are required to have a good level of knowledge of the language of instruction of the study program they will be taking. Since there are three official languages in Switzerland, the language of instruction varies depending on the university and college as described below.
In general most institutions require a minimum level of command of the language of instruction corresponding to the B1/B2 level according to the European language passport. Please, note that the German/French/Italian language requirement usually applies to studies at the first cycle (undergraduate).
The list below shows the universities and colleges in Switzerland where German in the usual language of instruction:
- University of Basel
- University of Bern
- University of Lucerne
- University of St.Gallen
- University of Zurich
- The Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich
- University of Fribourg
The list below shows the universities and colleges in Switzerland where French in the usual language of instruction:
- University of Fribourg
- University of Neuchâtel
- University of Geneva
- University of Lausanne
- Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne
The list below shows the universities and colleges in Switzerland where Italian in the usual language of instruction:
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