Higher Education in Switzerland

KeyReasons to Study in Switzerland

• Study in one of most beautiful and safest places on earth.

• Zurich & Geneva ranks 1st & 2nd respectively as the best place in the world to live, work and play.

• The birthplace of formal Hotel Education and produces future Hospitality Leaders.

• Every academic year consists of 6 months study and 6 months Paid Internship (at certain Institutions Only).

• During internship (at certain Institutions Only) you can earn minimum of CHF 2168 (Rs. 1.5 lakh appx.) p.m. and can save CHF 1400 (Rs. 80,000 appx.) p.m.

• Hospitality Business students are provided with on campus food & accommodation.

• Avail 50% discount on local transportation and evening / night travel are absolutely free.

• Switzerland is a Schengen country, which entitles you to travel to 25 other Schengen countries on your Swiss VISA.

• Tuition fees are affordable and payable only after VISA approval.

Switzerland has ten "cantonal" Universities as well as two Institutes of Technology that are considered federal higher education facitlities. In addition, numerous colleges are spread throughout the country to accommodate a growing number of international and local students. Universities and Colleges in Switzerland adhere to the semester schedule, with winter semester lasting from October to March and summer semester continuing from April to July.

There are three basic academic degrees given in Switzerland: the Bachelor,

the Master and the PhD. It is still possible to obtain a Diploma, also called "Lizentiat", which corresponds to a U.S. Master's degree. Most students earn a License and Diploma within four to five years. Students must earn these two degrees first before they can pursue a PhD.

Switzerland also has many private colleges, fine arts universities and pedagogical universities that offer diplomas recognized by the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education, or the EDK.

Why Study in Switzerland?

Switzerland is well-known for its innovative research and development industry so students endeavoring to major in biotechnology, genetics, pharmaceuticals and other cutting-edge, health and medical-related careers will find Swiss higher education brimming with exceptional science and technology programs. Alternately, the Swiss are also highly respected for their hospitality, financial and business acumen. Students endeavoring to pursue a career in the hospitality or financial sector will also discover that Swiss universities provide comprehensive degree programs for hospitality, business and financial majors.

Switzerland, located in Central Europe, is the land of the Alps. Its tallest peak is the Dufourspitze at 15,203 ft (4,634 m) on the Swiss side of the Italian border, one of 10 summits of the Monte Rosa massif. Most of Switzerland is composed of a

mountainous plateau bordered by the great bulk of the Alps on the south and by the Jura Mountains on the northwest.

Officially called the Swiss Federation, Switzerland lies in western Europe and is bordered by Italy to the west, Germany to the north, Liechtenstein and Austria to the east and France to the west. Bern is the capital of Switzerland, a landlocked country that consists of 26 cantons, or territorial subdivisions that differ slightly in government administrational procedures. The majority of Switzerland's population (nearly eight million people) live on an area referred to as the Plateau, where the heavily populated cities of Geneva and Zurich are located.

Switzerland is famous for being one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Residents possess the highest amount of non-financial and monetary assets per individual as compared to any other citizens in the world. Additionally, Geneva and Zurich consistently rank as two cities exhibiting the best standards of living among all other global cities. Switzerland's stable economy is attributed to its self-sufficiency through farming and effective manufacturing practices that allow it to export large amounts of goods. Other areas that Switzerland shows excellent economic expertise include tourism, international banking, transportation, biotechnology and research and development.

Switzerland's Climate North of the Swiss Alps the climate is temperate but influenced by various altitudinal factors that involve wind exposure and atmospheric condition arising from mountain placement. Switzerland's average temperature is around 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 celsius), with rainfall amounts fluctuating from as much as 67 (170 cm) inches near Lugano and as little as 21 (53 cm) inches around the Rhone Valley. North and west of the Alps, residents experience a rainy, somewhat cool climate with temperatures remaining around 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 Celsius) in the winter and 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 Celsius) in areas south and southeast of the Alps.

Languages,because Switzerland is bordered by several distinct countries, the state has four national languages - Italian, German, French and Rhaeto-Romansch. The majority of Swiss citizens primarily speak German, while 20 percent speak French and eight percent speak Italian. Numerous dialects unique to certain cantons exist as well.

Majestic mountain ranges, the world’s most famous pocket knives and Bastionary banking are just a few of the things that come to mind when thinking about Switzerland. With its amazing cuisine, four national languages, horological eminence and more than 1.5 million cows (lots of milk, lots of chocolate), Switzerland offers an international study experience like no other. More than 50,000 international students -- more than 20 percent of the country’s total student population -- choose to study in Switzerland for these reasons and more.

Anyone residing in Switzerland longer than three months must carry some kind of health insurance coverage, whether it is Swiss-based or recognized by another country. Students arriving from countries that offer international coverage may not have to obtain Switzerland's compulsory health insurance.

1) There are many scholarship opportunities for international students:

The cost of a Swiss education is significantly lower than many of the country’s European counterparts. While the low tuition fees alone are enough to entice potential students, throw in generous Institute sponsored scholarships, and Switzerland becomes an increasingly irresistible destination.

2) It's one of the most fantastic countries to study in:
1. With not one, not two, but FOUR native languages including French, German, Italian and Romansh, Switzerland offers multilingualism like no other. Students have the opportunity to hone current language skills or learn something completely new.
2. Between the cheese, chocolate and famed Swiss delicacy, “Rösti,” life in Switzerland is a true epicurean adventure. Did we mention the chocolate factory tours culminating in free tastings?
3. Switzerland’s geography is postcard perfect. The iconic Swiss Alps, cow-dotted pastures and serene blue lakes offer a breathtaking scenic backdrop for academic life. Many higher education institutions are tucked into or near the Alps themselves for easy access to a wondrous view.

4. If you love to ski and snowboard, there’s no place better than Switzerland. And if you don’t love to ski and snowboard, there’s no better place to learn. Students are eligible for an inexpensive year-long ski pass to some of the world’s best slopes. From Zermatt to St. Moritz, Switzerland is a mecca for winter sports enthusiasts. The summer, meanwhile, brings stunning views and clear lake swimming.
5. Switzerland’s charms aren’t just natural. From the jaw-dropping architecture of historic castles to major cities with advanced facilities and cutting-edge technology, Switzerland balances rural charm with urbane sophistication.
6. As evidenced by its four national languages, the ancestry of Swiss residents traces back to many different countries, and cultural diversity abounds. Switzerland provides the unique opportunity to sample life across Europe in just one tiny country. Of course, Switzerland’s central location makes it easy to see these destinations for yourself with minimal travel time and expense. In fact, while Switzerland is not a member of the EU, its residents can travel through Europe without worrying about visas.
7. You can set your (Swiss-made) watch to the country’s unbeatable public transportation system, which provides easy access between major cities, including Berne, Basel, Geneva, Lucerne, Zurich and Lugano, as well as to other parts of Europe.
8. Students come from all over the world to study in Switzerland, promoting the development of a rare international perspective. The International Olympic Committee, the Red Cross and the World Economic Forum are just a few of the global organizations located in Switzerland.
9. While English is not one of Switzerland’s four national languages, most locals speak great English, and are committed to global culture. Some schools -- particularly business programs -- offer complete courses of study in English.
And one for good luck: while giving them their own category may seem extreme, Swiss drinking fountains are truly extraordinary. The water is drinkable at nearly every fountain, and great for filling a water bottle or dunking your head on hot days. From Zermatt’s frolicking beavers to Bern’s baby-devouring ogre, Switzerland is a treasure trove of ingenious and refreshing drinking fountains.

3) The excellent Swiss Hospitality and Business Courses are world renowned:

Speaking of Hospitality and Business programs, as a European business hub Switzerland is home to some of the world’s best business minds -- particularly in the fields of Hospitality, Banking, Pharmaceuticals and Chemicals -- making it a premiere place to learn and work. The country is committed to investing in both education and research; for this reason, many multinational corporations are headquartered here. In fact, 15 Fortune 500 companies call Switzerland home.
There’s no better place to develop foreign language skills for business thanks to endless practicing opportunities. There are plenty of chances to learn non-Swiss languages, too, due to the breadth and depth of the international student population. That said, English is widely understood and some programs are even taught entirely in English. Additionally, the cross-cultural management skills fostered in this global setting are highly desirable in the 21st century workplace.

BONUS: Six Tips to Get Ready to Study Abroad in Switzerland
1. Language Requirements: Different schools offer different language requirements -- particularly because of the country’s four official languages. Before applying to an institution, check language requirements and course offerings.
2. Visas: Visa requirements vary depending on your country of origin. Students from EU/EFTA countries don’t require a visa, while students from outside the region will require a Swiss embassy-bestowed multiple entry long stay visa. Ideally, allow at least three full months for processing. Within 14 days of arrival, students must register their address and identity documents, along with proof of enrollment and sufficient funds, with their local Registration Office.
4. Insurance: Health insurance mandatory for all international students, although EU students automatically qualify for basic medical care with a European Health Insurance Card.
5. Accommodation: Most higher Ed institutions offer on-campus accommodations, although many students rent apartments and private rooms in houses. Contact the housing office of your academic institution for help finding lodging.