Switzerland offers an international study experience like no other. More than 50,000 international students, more than 20 percent of the country´s total student population, choose to study in Switzerland.
The cost of a Swiss education is significantly lower than many of the country´s European counterparts. The low tuition fees are enough to entice potential students, plus generous government and university–sponsored scholarships make Switzerland an irresistible destination.
Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists are available through the Swiss Government´s Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students. These scholarships provide postgraduate funding to scholars and researchers in all fields studying at publicly funded Swiss universities, federal institutes of technology, applied sciences institutions and schools of music and fine arts. Depending on country of origin, scholarship opportunities and eligibility criteria may vary.
Switzerland is home to some of the world´s best-ranked academic institutions. Zurich´s Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) holds the 7th place spot in Engineering, Science and Technology and has hosted a whopping 31 Nobel Laureates. Three other Swiss institutions join ETH Zurich in the 2013-14 QS World University Rankings´ Top 100, including the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, the University of Geneva and the University of Zurich.
With FOUR native languages including French, German, Italian and Romansh, Switzerland offers multilingualism like no other. Students have the opportunity to hone current language skills or learn something completely new.
Between the cheese, chocolate and famed Swiss delicacy, ‘Rosti’, life in Switzerland is a true epicurean adventure. Enjoy the chocolate factory tours culminating in free tastings!
Switzerland´s geography is postcard perfect. The iconic Swiss Alps, cow-dotted pastures and serene blue lakes offer a breathtaking scenic backdrop for academic life. Many higher education institutions are tucked into or near the Alps themselves for easy access to a wondrous view.
Students are eligible for an inexpensive year-long ski pass to some of the world´s best slopes. From Zermatt to St. Moritz, Switzerland is a mecca for winter sports enthusiasts. The summer, meanwhile, brings stunning views and clear lake swimming.
Switzerland´s charms aren´t just natural. From the jaw-dropping architecture of historic castles to major cities with advanced facilities and cutting-edge technology, Switzerland balances rural charm with urbane sophistication.
The country´s unbeatable public transportation system provides easy access between major cities, including Berne, Basel, Geneva, Lucerne, Zurich and Lugano, as well as to other parts of Europe.
While English is not one of Switzerland´s four national languages, most locals speak English, and are committed to global culture. Some schools-particularly business programs-offer complete courses of study in English.
Speaking of business programs, as a European business hub Switzerland is home to some of the world´s best business minds-particularly in the fields of hospitality, banking, pharmaceuticals and chemicals-making it a premiere place to learn and work. The country is committed to investing in both education and research; for this reason, many multinational corporations are headquartered here. In fact, 15 Fortune 500 companies call Switzerland home.
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