More and more graduates are choosing Switzerland to complete their Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. Today we want to take a closer look at this phenomenon. What is the motivation for young people to study in Switzerland?
Why study in Switzerland?
With 8.5 million inhabitants spread over an area of 41,285 square kilometres, Switzerland is a small and manageable country.
So Switzerland is small, at least in terms of area. But economically, culturally and scientifically we have a great importance. Especially when it comes to science, Switzerland has one of the best universities in the world. On a scientific level, Switzerland has some of the best universities in Europe. In addition to the universities, the high quality of life, courtesy, virtually non-existent crime and good public transport speak for us.
The big disadvantage of Switzerland as a place to study is the extremely high cost of living, especially in comparison with other European countries. While the tuition fees are still reasonably affordable, living with rent, food and health insurance is expensive.
Studying in Switzerland – the choice is yours
Whether it’s a university, university of applied sciences, private university, teacher training college or art & music college. There is something for everyone. These schools are spread all over the country, so you really have plenty of choice no matter where you live. The schools offer education in the fields of business, engineering, law, IT/computer, info/media, social/educational, care/health/sport, nature, land/forest/wood, design/creation, medicine, social skills and language/arts/culture. All in all, there are 160 Bachelor’s programmes and 293 Master’s programmes to choose from. So you could say “There is nothing that does not exist!
The Swiss University
There are 12 universities in the country. Ten of them are cantonal, which means that they are subordinate to the respective cantons. The other two are run by the federal government and are the Federal Institutes of Technology (ETH) Zurich and Lausanne. Of the Swiss universities, six are German-speaking, four French-speaking, one Italian-speaking and one bilingual (D/F). Tuition fees depend on the cantons and sometimes vary considerably. The largest student city in the country is Zurich, which is home to the two largest universities in the country, the University of Zurich and the ETH Zurich. The University of Basel is the oldest university in Switzerland and was founded in 1460.
The university landscape in Switzerland distinguishes between universities and universities of applied sciences. In addition, there are also universities of education, which are specifically responsible for teacher training. The Bachelor’s degree usually takes three years, the Master’s two years.
An overview of Swiss universities
- Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne EPFL(EPFL)
- Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich ETHZ(ETH)
- Universität Basel
- Universität Bern
- Université de Fribourg
- Université de Genève
- Université de Lausanne
- Universität Luzern
- Université de Neuchâtel
- Universität St. Gallen(HSG)
- Università della Svizzera italiana
- Universität Zürich(UZH)
Application and admission
Swiss universities largely determine their own admission requirements for foreigners. The regulations therefore vary according to location and course of study. With the exception of a few special courses of study and medicine, all subjects in Switzerland are free of admissions – i.e. there is no numerus clausus.
The Internet knows everything and that is also the case here. If you are already directly interested in a university, I would advise you to inform yourself directly on their homepage. Many of these universities also have a kind of blog on their homepage, where students share their experiences with you. ETH Zurich even has its own portal for its students. At www.fachhochschulen.net you can also find a lot of interesting information.
Pros and cons
The education system in Switzerland is very similar to the German system. In Switzerland, just like in Germany, you can complete your Bachelor’s degree in 3 years. However, here more emphasis is placed on small, but many universities. So the relationship between lecturer and student is more personal. In addition, there is no saving on working materials. From we would not be in this world if there were no catch to it. As everyone is certainly aware, Switzerland is a very expensive country. Therefore the semester fees are very high. Cheap student residences or shared flats are very difficult to find, but there are specialized agencies for this purpose. Despite all this, you can’t really “get around”. That is why most students look for a part-time job.
Long story short – you get to know a new culture, new people and of course a completely different standard of living. However, you must be aware that studying in Switzerland is expensive and you have to invest more money than in Germany. Apart from that, it is always good to gain experience in another country, because that’s where every person grows. So if you would like to study in another country but don’t know a particular foreign language, then Switzerland is the right place for you.
And if you want to be one hundred percent sure that you understand the Swiss dialect, take a look here: www.learn-swiss-german.ch. We offer inexpensive courses that will help you learn “Swiss German” and really get to know the culture of our country.