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2018-07-30 11:56:37

Everything about studying in Switzerland: tuition fees, scholarships for foreign students

Everything about studying in Switzerland: tuition fees, scholarships for foreign students

Switzerland attracts international students an opportunity to get a prestigious education. Diplomas issued by universities in the country are quoted around the world. The main advantages of the country's universities are the quality of the academic training of graduates, the high level of teaching, the developed infrastructure, the large volume of research conducted by their specialists in various fields of knowledge.

  • Territory - 41.3 thousand square meters. Km
  • Population - 7.5 million people
  • Languages - German, French, Italian, Romansh
  • Capital - Bern (128.3 thousand people) 
  • Currency - Swiss Franc (CHF)

Higher Education

Today, in Switzerland at the final stage is the reform of higher education. The system is aligned with the requirements of the Bologna Process. Most of the country's universities have switched to three-year programs undergraduate studies . Master degree can be obtained in 1,5 - 2 years. The term of study is determined by the specialty chosen by the student. Doctoral degree (after Master's degree) assumes a three-year profile study.

Conditions for admission to universities may differ in different cantons of the country. They also differ in English, German and French-speaking universities. In recent foreign students are usually accepted on the certificate and the results of the language test, a special examination. For admission to German-speaking universities it may take a year or two to wean at a university in your country. As for the specialties available to foreigners, there are a number of restrictions. In Switzerland today foreign students are not accepted for medical, pharmaceutical, psychological faculties.

In most universities, students enter the results of a comprehensive exam. It is held annually in June, September in Friborg. Students are required to pass the language (where the training will take place), history, mathematics and 2 subjects for admission to a particular university.

Swiss universities

Switzerland is one of the training centers of Europe. The first university in the country was opened in 1460. The educational capital is rightfully considered the city of Basel. Also, the renowned universities are Geneva, Zurich, Bern, Lucerne.

The modern system of higher education of the country is represented by 12 state educational institutions, several private ones (for example, Webster, European University). The language of teaching in universities is determined by their geographical location. Some schools offer bilingual programs.

Tuition and Accommodation: Prices

At public universities in Switzerland, the cost of training for Swiss and foreigners is the same. On average, the undergraduate program costs 5-8 thousand CHF per year. The most expensive is the Executive MBA course at the University of Zurich. It costs 65,000 CHF.

Living is not easy to call cheap. On average, 12-18 thousand CHF per year are required to pay for housing and food. The exact amount depends on the location of the university. In the country there are more expensive cantons and regions with acceptable prices for housing, food.

On preparation for the university in Switzerland the student will have to spend at least 4000 CHF. The price of the preparatory course in Friborg costs 4200 CHF.

Scholarships for foreign students

Foreign students enrolled in various courses at universities in Switzerland have the right to apply for a government scholarship. Its size is usually up to 1.8 thousand CHF. A scholarship is allocated for the academic year (9 months). Extension of the scholarship is not provided. Distribution of financial support for foreign students is engaged in ESKAS. The Commission annually allocates 4 government scholarships for foreigners.

International scholarships are provided for young scientists, masters and post-graduate students. Getting them is not easy, but there is such an opportunity in the country. In Central and Eastern Europe, 30-40 scholarships are awarded annually through the "Special Contingent" program. Priority in the allocation of financial support is given to candidates who study in the EU countries in the framework of international cooperation.

8 scholarships per year are awarded under the MAPOW program. They are provided for students of economic specialties. Scholarships are awarded to students at the University of St. Gallen. They are issued for a term of semester + 5-month practice in one of the companies of German-speaking Switzerland.

Students of creative specialties can also apply for a special scholarship. This is issued for the academic year and is not renewed. Students can receive a scholarship from conservatories, schools of applied arts, fine arts.

For obtaining any Swiss, international scholarships (except Bachelor's), you need a diploma of higher education, proof of fluency in the language of instruction (English, German, French). Financial assistance is provided for young professionals under 35 years old.

Work and study

In Switzerland, there is an opportunity to earn money for students. Employment can be no more than 15 hours a week, on vacation - a full day. The criteria may vary depending on the canton. On the third and fourth year students of Swiss universities can work as assistants to teachers, professors.


Student visa for study in the country can be obtained by providing a standard package of documents to the embassy. All of them are translated into English, Italian, French, German (depending on the canton where the university is located and is supposed to live, to pass the practice). The student also needs to pass a language test. You can do it directly at the embassy. The test is suggested to be taken orally.

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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