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Officially named as the Swiss Confederation, Switzerland is one of the wealthiest and most productive countries in the world. Although most Bachelor's programs are taught in one of the country's official languages, German, French or Italian, you may also study in Switzerland in English, since there is an increasing number of master's and PhD programs addressed to international students. In fact, more than 49000 international students chose to study in Switzerland in 2009. That over 21% of the student population body!

Located in the Alps, Switzerland has a long history in neutrality, direct democracy and federalism. Switzerland is also home to many important international organizations, such as the Red Cross, the International Olympic Committee and the World Economic Forum, just to mention a few of them. In spite of the fact that Switzerland is not a member state of the European Union, it signed the Schengen Agreement, which affords you the opportunity to travel around Europe without the need for additional visas.

 

Why Study in Switzerland

Switzerland has no natural resources, education and knowledge have become very important resources. Therefore Switzerland claims to have one of the world’s best education systems. The most popular of the educational facilities for foreign students, are the Swiss Hospitality Schools. In the past, and even today, people from all over the world visit Europe and Switzerland for its natural beauty and quality of service. This tiny nation with a population of 7 million has 5600 hotels which provide accommodation for more than 35 million guests every year!

Tourism is indeed a very important economic activity in Switzerland. Due to the lack of manpower and the high cost of our labour force, the Swiss hospitality industry not only welcomes a majority of international visitors, but also employs a truly international work force. This is also reflected in hotel management schools, in terms of the curricula offered and the mix in the student population.

Located in various towns and cities across Switzerland, these schools are renowned worldwide for their high standards and are almost a pre-requisite for hospitality students looking for a first class education.

 

Education in Switzerland

Switzerland has always been a dream destination for many a tourist the world over. The picturesque locales of Switzerland are the favourite shooting spots for many Indian film directors, however in recent years, Switzerland has rapidly evolved as one of the world’s top education destinations. In comparison to other popular study destinations like UK, USA, Canada and Australia, Switzerland is a smaller country but the quality of education offered is very high.

Pre-dominantly three languages are spoken in Switzerland: German, French and Italian. There are 12 universities in Switzerland and depending on where they are located, the language of instruction varies. Having said that, in the recent years, there is a conscious effort to attract students who are English language speakers in recognition of the fact that they are the ones who are looking for educational opportunities outside of their home countries. Knowledge of German and French is recommended, however if you identify right kind of programmes which are 100% taught in English, in terms of securing a qualification, you will not have trouble. Regularly updated list of qualifications taught in English is available and should be referred to by students to ensure that they don’t have any trouble understanding the curriculum. It should also be remembered that students are likely to find maximum programmes at Masters level taught in English.

Switzerland has a long established and outstanding reputation for excellence in Hospitality education and training. Many of the world’s successful hoteliers have been educated in this beautiful and safe country. Switzerland demonstrates greatness in its precision approach to detail. That is why so many Swiss corporations rank among the world’s finest research institutes. Switzerland is also home to some of the world’s leading laboratories. Majestic mountains, green woodlands, crystal clear lakes, roaming vineyards, breathtaking landscapes and enchanting cities – Switzerland has it all. Located in the heart of Europe, Switzerland has Paris, London, Amsterdam, Rome and Madrid at its doorstep, as all are within an hour’s flight. Switzerland offers not only the finest landscapes, but also the cultural heritage of a multilingual population, where people have learned from childhood to live peacefully with their countrymen and women, who often speak a language different from their own. In such a country and environment everybody can feel safe. These secure and friendly surroundings make it very easy to combine study with the discovery of people, culture and the beauty of the country. Many international companies have selected Switzerland for their headquarters because of the country’s reputation for stability, safety and multicultural understanding.

 

Tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for international students in Switzerland is between £650 and £1,000 per year, although this can vary depending on your chosen subject and institution. Some scholarships are available to foreign students – the best place to look is with your local Swiss embassy.

 

Immigration and visas

Although not a member of the EU, Switzerland does allow EU citizens to attend university in the country. Students from the EU must register with the Residents’ Registration Office at their relevant authority within 14 days of arriving, and will also need to show:
 

  • A valid passport
  • Proof of a place at a registered university
  • Evidence of funds to support themselves
  • Proof of address
  • Health insurance
     

Non-EU students will need to check the relevant details for studying in Switzerland with their own country.

 

Accommodation and living costs

Student accommodation for undergraduates in Switzerland isn’t cheap. There are two main types of student housing open to you:
 

  • University accommodation – such as halls of residence
  • Private accommodation – House and flat rentals
     

University accommodation is a great way of settling into student life easily. You’ll meet fellow students, have your bills included and often be situated on campus. This is a great first option for most international students, particularly undergraduates who are looking to adjust to student life.  

Some international students will have families or require more privacy. In this case, it may be worth looking for your own private accommodation away from the student campus.

Living costs: Switzerland has a comparatively high cost of living when compared to other European countries. You will also have to factor in exchange costs, as Switzerland has its own currency in the form of the Swiss franc.

Eating out and alcohol can be expensive in Switzerland, particularly when compared with countries like France and Spain.   
 
Rent: Most international students studying an undergraduate degree in Switzerland will choose to live in halls of accommodation. However, if you do decide to go private, here is what you can expect to pay:
 

  • 1 bed city centre apartment – 1,400fr
  • 1 bed outside city centre apartment – 1,000fr
  • 3 bed city centre apartment – 2,600fr
  • 3 bed outside city centre apartment –2,000fr