Switzerland has a very advanced educational system. Swiss universities are among the best, not only in Europe but in the whole world. As such, each year, Switzerland accepts a large influx of international students from all over the world, all aiming to add a (highly recognized) Swiss higher education degree to their academic careers. Here are a few of the reasons why you should consider being one of them.
Besides the knowledge and skills that you gain throughout your academic journey, what’s the cherry on top is the degree you receive when finishing your studies as a reward for your hard work. Since Switzerland has a highly regarded educational system, a degree from one of its universities will open many doors in your career in any place of the world.
Switzerland is known for its multilingualism and cultural diversity. It has 4 official languages, German, French, Italian, and Romansh. As a developed and peaceful country, Switzerland is the second home of immigrants from different parts of the world. Living and studying in this place, you’ll have the chance to befriend people of many cultures and be exposed to many different languages.
Whether you are a nature lover or more of an appreciator of art, architecture, and crafts, Switzerland offers you a wide variety of options of entertainment to explore on your days off. The nature of Switzerland, with its mesmerizing mountains, lakes, and rivers, is a perfect getaway from the stress of your student life. During warm summer days, you can go for a hike on one of the peaks, ride a bike along the trails, or canoe in the river; in the winter you can ski and snowboard down the gorgeous Swiss mountains.
As for the art lovers, visiting the museums, theatres, and operas of the country will surely be a pleasant experience. The Swiss are also known for their fine chocolate and cheese, so you do not want to miss the chance to have a taste of them and other national Swiss foods while you’re there.
According to a survey by educations.com, Switzerland ranked second as the best place to study abroad in Europe in 2020, based on factors such as career achievement, personal development, and access to higher-quality teaching.
With a long list of higher education institutions, the country offers a wide range of fields of study for you to choose the one that is best for you. There are 12 public universities, 9 universities of applied sciences, and several other higher education institutions dedicated to music and arts.
The top universities of Switzerland that rank high among universities of the world are considered to be:
Accommodation approx. 700 euros
Housing costs depend on the location, quality of the accommodation and on the season but the prices per month usually range from €600–800 in the dormitories to €750–1250 in private flats.
Food approx. 600 euros
Studies and personal requirements (books, culture, recreation): approx. 300 euros
Total per month approx. 1800 Euros
The average monthly living expenses for a student in Switzerland are approximately 1600-2300 euros.
You may apply for the student visa at the competent representative authority at the earliest six months before your planned travel date. You should not apply later than 15 calendar days before your planned stay.
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Foreign students may work a maximum of 15 hours per week during their studies, and full-time during semester breaks. This must be reported in all cases to the responsible immigration authorities. Students from outside the EU/EFTA region may only start working six months after the beginning of their studies. In these cases, the employer must submit a corresponding request for taking up employment to ensure that an employment check can be carried out. Following this, the immigration authorities can issue a work permit.