why study in switzerland?

    With its location close to Germany, France and Italy, Switzerland provides a wonderful opportunity to explore Europe. It has two universities highly positioned on the World University Rankings and it remains at the top of the list of the best and most prestigious places to live. Its geographical location and cultural diversity, as well as its natural beauty, are unrivalled.


    In Switzerland, there are some of the most prestigious universities in the world, and their top two institutions, the EPFL and ETH in Zurich, are consistently placed in the top 30 of the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, according to the 2017 survey.


    Switzerland’s seven universities are placed in the top 150 (according to the World University Rankings). Students are more than satisfied with the high-quality higher education institutions located throughout the country, and feel inspired by the teaching programmes and professors in all fields of study.

    how much does it cost to study in switzerland?

     

    Tuition fees at Swiss universities are said to be among the cheapest in Europe. The tuition fee for most state universities is about €1,000 per year. Of course, this figure can vary considerably; therefore, you should be careful when planning your finances in relation to a particular programme or university. 


    The cost of living in Switzerland is quite high, so it is good to know that some money can be saved since the tuition fees are probably not going to be that high. Costs for private universities can amount to up to €40,000 per year (including accommodation and food).

     

    visas for studying in switzerland

     

    When you receive a letter of admission to a Swiss university, contact the Swiss Embassy to obtain information on the entrance process. You will need to demonstrate possession of financial means to support yourself during your studies. When you arrive in Switzerland, you should apply for a residence permit from the Ministry of the Interior, in the Department for Foreigners.

     

    The following documents are required:

     

    • A valid passport, with a visa, if required
    • Confirmation that you have been admitted to a Swiss university
    • Confirmation of sufficient financial resources to cover your living expenses during your studies
    • Proof of a permanent address in Switzerland

    Your residence permit must be renewed every year. A residence permit will only be issued if you have a guarantee of your financial assets. Foreign students are allowed to work for no more than 15 hours a week.

    living in switzerland during and after studying

     

    Switzerland has one of the highest levels of average net earnings in Europe, and some of the world's most important companies have their own headquarters there. It is quite a demanding procedure for international students to obtain a visa and stay there after their studies, but in case you do well in a particular company and show that you are the best possible choice for the vacant position, they will be very willing to help you with the application and support you.


    If, however, you get the opportunity to work at a respectable company, suddenly what once seemed to be beyond your reach and impossible to afford, will no longer have that status. For example, the average annual net salary for teachers is 87,500 Swiss francs. It’s not that bad, is it? Switzerland has an excellent road infrastructure, which means you can easily travel around and quickly become familiar with the natural beauty of this country. Given the diversity of the landscape, your eyes can take a rest, and you will surely enjoy any direction you opt to go. If you are a fan of outdoor activities, the Alps will be an endless treasure trove of indescribable landscapes where icy lakes, rivers and rapids intertwine. If you are a gourmand by nature, this is a country well known for its export of food, among which the most famous products are its cheese and chocolate. This certainly influences the fact that they are quite happy as a nation. In the last few months, Switzerland has been going through a particular transition in the labour market. The unemployment rate, although low, has fallen to just over 3%, which is significantly below the European average (8.2%). There has been an increase in employment in the public sector. Over 65,000 posts have opened up in the health sector, nursing homes, kindergartens and universities.


    At prestigious universities, such as the Hotel and Tourism Management Institute (HTMi), there are very frequent seminars visited by major business magnates who give students specific projects and thus provide them with an opportunity to make a contribution and perhaps completely change the initial course of the project itself, thus getting themselves employed by the aforementioned magnate.


    Catering, as a branch of the economy, is an unavoidable element of the Swiss labour market, being the fourth largest branch of the economy in this country. The bar which has been set pretty high by this particular branch has an influence on the whole country. Thus, when asked about their experiences with this industry, everyone’s response will include the phrases: highly qualified workforce and the world number one. This is a reflection of a well-developed education system. There is a highly developed engineering sector in Geneva, concentrated around CERN, while Zürich is the banking and insurance capital of the country.


    After completing their studies, non-EU students can stay in Switzerland for a period of six months and can try to find employment. However, they may start working only after they have been granted the right to stay. Until you resolve the issue of your stay and have a work contract that would justify such a stay, you have the right to work for no more than 15 hours a week.