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About Switzerland

Switzerland has a great deal to offer: cultural diversity, multilingualism, stunning scenery and, of course, its people. Study in Switzerland is giving you the chance to discover what "Life in Switzerland" is really like, from the people who either call Switzerland home or who have a close connection with the country.
A landlocked, mountainous country, Switzerland's geographical position in central Europe and studious neutrality have given it the access and political stability to become one of the world's wealthiest countries, largely through its banking industry.


Why Study In Switzerland?

Due to quality education students at Swiss universities is constantly increasing. For foreign students it is not easily possible to be admitted to a universities of Switzerland, despite the increasing international mobility. Getting opportunity to study in Switzerland makes your future safe. The following persons undergo the same admission procedure as Swiss citizens: citizens of the Principality of Liechtenstein, acknowledged refugees, foreigners who themselves or whose parents have been in possession of a Swiss work permit during the last 5 years or who are holders of a federal or federally recognized maturity certificate and children of persons with diplomatic status in Switzerland. Foreign students should also be aware that they will be asked to pay somewhat higher fees should they be accepted on a course.

Living Cost
The Universities of Switzerland provide lodging upon students request. Reservation and lodging contract should be signed before students arrive in Switzerland.

Room Fee
Around CHF500.- per month.

Health Insurance Coverage
All persons living in Switzerland for more than three months, including also international students, must have basic health insurance coverage. Students from countries that provide international mutual health coverage may be exempted from the compulsory health insurance. Other students may be exempted if they have equivalent health insurance coverage in their home country.

Work
When you have retained your residence permit and proven you have the financial resources necessary to study in Switzerland, you can work alongside your studies. In fact, the student residence permit allows for profit-earning activity, as long your university provides a statement confirming that your employment will not prolong the length of your studies.

For foreign students, the number of weekly work hours is limited to 15, but this is fairly flexible depending on the canton (in Geneva, for example, you can work up to 30 hours per week). Nevertheless, most people will advise you not to take on extra work, since the university workload is already quite heavy, depending on the faculty. It is easier to find employment in the large urban centers like Geneva and Zurich. Each university has a job placement office that provides information on student employment. Wages vary between SFR 20 and SFR 35 according to the job and your skills.


Understanding the Education System

General Information

Educational structure
Diagram of the Swiss education system, made by the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK/CDIP)

Adult education and lifelong learning
Overview of continuing education in Switzerland including links to the relevant authorities, compiled by "The Swiss Education Server", a joint initiative of the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK/CDIP) and the Swiss Federal Office for Professional Education and Technology (BBT/OFFT)

Quality Assurance of institutions of continuing education
Homepage of "eduQua", the Swiss quality certificate, supported by various federal offices and organisations (in German, French and Italian only)

Glossary
Compiled by the Swiss ENIC-NARIC


Pre-school, Primary, and Secondary level

Pre-school level

Primary level

Lower secondary level

Upper secondary level

Presentation of the Swiss Education System including links to the relevant authorities, compiled by "The Swiss Education Server", a joint initiative of the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK/CDIP) and the Swiss Federal Office for Professional Education and Technology (BBT/OFFT)

Grading system
Compiled by the Swiss ENIC


Vocational Education and Training

Vocational education (upper secondary level)

Higher vocational education
Overview of vocational education in Switzerland including links to the list of professions and schools, compiled by "The Swiss Education Server", a joint initiative of the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK/CDIP) and the Swiss Federal Office for Professional Education and Technology (BBT/OFFT)

Grading system
Compiled by the Swiss ENIC-NARIC


Higher Education

General Information
Structure of the Swiss Higher Education System: German/English, French/English. From the Swiss Diploma Supplement

Tertiary level studies and types of higher education institutions
Overview of higher education in Switzerland including links to the institutions, compiled by "The Swiss Education Server", a joint initiative of the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK/CDIP) and the Swiss Federal Office for Professional Education and Technology (BBT/OFFT)

Recognized higher education institutions
Compiled by the Swiss ENIC in cooperation with the Swiss Federal Office for Professional Education and Technology (BBT/OFFT) and the Swiss University Conference (SUK/CUS)

Quality Assurance
Homepage of the Center of Accreditation and Quality Assurance of the Swiss Universities (OAQ)


Universities

Studying in Switzerland
Information leaflet for foreign students, made by the Information and Documentation Service of the Rectors' Conference of the Swiss Universities (CRUS)

Access requirements and admission of Swiss and foreign students
Compiled by the Swiss ENIC-NARIC in cooperation with the admission offices of the Swiss universities (in German + French only)

Grading system
Compiled by the Swiss ENIC-NARIC


Evaluation and Recognition

Responsibilities of the Swiss ENIC-NARIC
Compiled by the Swiss ENIC-NARIC

Procedure of credential evaluation at the Swiss ENIC-NARIC
Compiled by the Swiss ENIC-NARIC

Recognition of foreign diplomas in the higher education sector
Diplomas giving access to a regulated profession in the following fields: health care, teaching, technical professions, law and social work. Compiled by the Swiss ENIC-NARIC

Mutual recognition agreements in German / in French
Multilateral agreements, Lisbon Convention, bilateral agreements. Compiled by the Swiss ENIC-NARIC

Diploma Supplement in German / in French
Recommendations of the CRUS, structure of the DS, contact person and external links. Compiled by the Swiss ENIC-NARIC


Academic Calendar

The academic year is divided into two semesters. Classes are held starting in the fall from week 38 to week 51 and in the spring from week 8 to week 22.

The study system at universities in Switzerland is in accordance with the Bologna Declaration organised in a three-cycle structure: The first study cycle requires 180 ECTS credits (three-year full-time study programme); the Bachelor's degree is awarded at completion. This is followed by the second cycle comprising 90 to 120 ECTS credits (1 ½ to 2-year full-time programme); the Master's degree is awarded at completion. The duration of and requirements for the third cycle, doctoral studies leading to the doctorate (PhD), are established by each university independently, but admission to doctoral studies is always based on a written application and the individual applicant's qualifications (selection process; there is no general right to entry).

In addition, the universities also offer a postgraduate degree called Master of Advanced Studies - MAS (minimum 60 ECTS credits, or 1-year full-time study programme). The MAS does not give access to doctoral level programmes. Admittance to an MAS programme usually requires a university level Master's degree (from a university, university of applied sciences, or university of teacher education).


Useful Links

Study in Switzerland
www.crus.ch

Swiss Government
www.ch.ch

Travel Switzerland
www.switzerland.com

Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
www.swissworld.org

 
Region Western Europe
Currency Swiss Franc
(CHF)
Surface Area 41277
Sq. Km.
Population 7568000
Population Density 18303 / square kilometre
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CPI: Consumer Price Index 108
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