Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a federal parliamentary republic consisting of 26 cantons, with Bern as the seat of the federal authorities, the so-called "federal city". The country is situated in Western and Central Europe where it is bordered by Italy to the south, France to the west, Germany to the north, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east.
Switzerland has the highest nominal wealth per adult (financial and non-financial assets) in the world. However, Switzerland is also the most expensive country in the world to live in, as measured by the price level index. Zürich and Geneva have been ranked among the top cities with the highest quality of life in the world.
Higher education in Switzerland comprises academic studies at the 10 cantonal Universities and the 2 Federal Institutes of Technology, at the more professionally-oriented Universities of applied sciences and at the Universities of teacher education. A few more University-level institutions are considered public institutions of higher education.
University continuing education is firmly established in Switzerland. It is regulated under
university legislation and in the Bologna Recommendations of the Rectors' Conference of the
Swiss Universities (CRUS) and has its own, clearly defined place in the Qualifications
Framework for the Swiss Higher Education Area alongside Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral
Swiss universities and universities of applied sciences use the same terms for continuing education programmes, but the admission requirements and general focus of the programmes are usually different. Universities are normally more academic and require a Master’s degree and professional experience as the conditions of admission, while universities of applied sciences tend to be more practically oriented and generally require a Bachelor’s degree plus professional experience. This is connected with the fact that the normal final degree from a university of applied sciences is the Bachelor’s degree, while students at universities normally graduate with a Master’s degree.
In Switzerland as well as in other countries in Europe, the academic year is divided into two semesters
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.
For Bachelor's Program :
The decision concerning admission to a course of studies rests with the individual institution. The basic admission requirement is a Swiss secondary high-school-leaving certificate or a foreign secondary high-school-leaving certificate considered equivalent. Students not holding fully recognized certificates qualifying for university entrance may be required to take a university entrance exam.
For Master's Program
The prerequisite for access to a Master's programme is a successfully
completed Bachelor's level programme. Each university makes its own decisions as to whether a
foreign Bachelor's degree can give the holder access to Master's programmes, and what are the
conditions, if any (entrance examinations, further requirements).
An increasing number of study programmes at Master's level are offered in English, thus a solid knowledge of English language is advisable for all prospective students.
Education and Living Costs:
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 EUR 50 - 80. Tuition fees for foreign students range from ca. EUR 750 to EUR 3000 per semester depending on the school.
Cost of Living:
The cost of life in Switzerland is similar to that of big European cities. In most areas of Switzerland, cost of life is cheaper than Paris or London, although some items, such as food, are on average more expensive than elsewhere in Europe.
The Swiss Government offers scholarships to foreign students and artists on the basis of
reciprocity or within the framework of a scholarship pool to several countries. Scholarships
are granted to postgraduate candidates or researchers from both industrial and development
countries. Most Swiss universities are publicly funded, making international study relatively
affordable. The Swiss government, and some universities, also offer scholarships to
international students. However, you must ensure you have sufficient funds to support yourself
during your studies.
Once you're in Switzerland, as an international student, you can also work up to 15 hours per week
We advise you to start the student visa application procedure immediately after you have been accepted into the program to allow ample time for the Embassy or Consulate to process your student visa application, Please note that a period of at least 8 weeks is required for the issue of your student visa. Following documents are required,
Additional documentation and official translations in German may be required by the Embassy or Consulate.
Yes, International students holding a B student permit are allowed to work up to 15 hours a week.
What are the official languages of Switzerland ?
German, French, Italian and Romantsch. However, official documents and declarations on goods have to be provided in German, French and Italian only.
Can I stay in Switzerland after completion of my studies?
As a general rule, if you receive support from a Swiss University for further studies, or from a private business for working in Switzerland, you are eligible for extending your stay in Switzerland.
Is there any large Indian community in Switzerland?
In some Swiss cities there is a strong presence of Indian nationals, and in higher education institutions it would be exceptional if you don’t stumble on one of your compatriots. Swiss Universities are a favourite destination of international students, and offer a multicultural environment.
How is the climate in Switzerland?
There is no monsoon regime in Switzerland. The climate is relatively cold in winter (from December to February), with temperatures that can go below zero degrees Celsius; and pleasantly hot in the Summer season (from June to September) with daily temperatures ranging between 20 and 35 degrees.