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Study In Switzerland

Higher Study in Switzerland

Study in Switzerland

Switzerland is a hub for excellent education and science. It has outstanding universities with numerous programs, many world-class public research institutions, and a thriving private sector which encourages research and development and conducts its own cutting-edge research. Studying in Switzerland is relatively inexpensive since education – including higher education – is to a large extent publicly funded.

Switzerland has twelve public universities offering a wide range of first-rate educational opportunities to national and international students. ETH Zurich and EPFL, the two federal institutes of technology, are world leaders in science and engineering education, and research. The ten cantonal (state) universities not only provide comprehensive courses in diverse fields of study, but also conduct cutting-edge research. Scientists in Switzerland produce research of the highest quality worldwide, i.e. with the largest number of citations per publication. So, research-based master’s and Ph.D. degrees from a Swiss university offer a good starting point for an academic career.

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Industries & Research

Science and technology in Switzerland play an important role in economy as very few natural resources are available in the country. The Swiss National Science Foundation, mandated by the Federal government, is the most important institute promoting scientific research. The raw output of scientific research from Switzerland consistently ranks within the top 20.

Switzerland has a long tradition in science and innovation. Euler has been living in Basel, Jean-Jacques Rousseau was born in Geneva and Einstein has developed the famous theory of relativity in Bern. Some of the best universities in the world are situated in Switzerland.

The economy of Switzerland is one of the world’s most stable economies. Its policy of long-term monetary security and political stability has made Switzerland a safe haven for investors, creating an economy that is increasingly dependent on a steady tide of foreign investment.

Switzerland is home to several large multinational corporations. The largest Swiss companies by revenue are Glen core, Nestlé, Novartis, Hoffmann-La Roche, ABB and Adecco. Also notable are UBS AG, Zurich Financial Services, Credit Suisse, Swiss Re, and The Swatch Group. Switzerland is ranked as having one of the most powerful economies in the world.

Life style

Switzerland boasts a thriving arts scene, with its architects in particular achieving world-wide acclaim.

The culture of Switzerland is characterized by diversity. The Swiss sometimes wonder what keeps Switzerland together. The wide range of traditional customs is one reflection of this diversity

 

The Degrees are

  1. Bachelor’s Degree
  2. Master’s Degree
  3. Masters of Advanced Study
  4. Doctoral Degree

 

Semester Offer

  1. Winter semester: Last week on October to Mid-February
  2. Spring semester: Mid-March or Mid-April to Mid-June or Mid-July
  3. Applicants should check with his desired university for semester detail information

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Language requirements (Special case for Switzerland)

There are universities in the three linguistic regions of Switzerland: French, German and Italian. The teaching language of the university corresponds to the region in which it is located.

In most universities, there are language courses on offer to help improve competence. Many master’s degrees in economics, science or engineering can be taken in English. Some programs are taught through English, so having knowledge of English can prove to be invaluable.

Evaluation of language competency (French, German, Italian or English) can be done in different ways: by Swiss embassies abroad, by the university administration or on the basis of examination results.

Requirements for Bachelor’s Program

  1. Academic
  2. At least 12 years of education (HSC equivalent).
  3. Language Proficiency
  4. If the medium of instruction of your target university is German:
  5. Required German language proficiency test taking by TestDaf or DSH
  6. The DSH test can only be taken at a German-speaking part university, while TestDaf can be obtained in a multitude of centers around the globe.
  7. If the medium of instruction of your target university is Italian, required good knowledge in Italian language
  8. If the medium of instruction of your target university is French, required good knowledge in French language

 

If the medium of instruction of your target university is English:

  1. Required TOEFL CBT score 213 or IBT score 79 to 80 or
  2. Required IELTS band score 6.0
  3. Applicant should check with his desired university for medium of instruction.
  4. Course Length
  5. Bachelor’s Degree: Approx. 4 years of study

 

Requirements for Master’s Program

  1. Academic
  2. You must have had 16 years of education
  3. Language Proficiency
  4. If the medium of instruction of your target university is German:
  5. Required German language proficiency test taking by TestDaf or DSH
  6. The DSH test can only be taken at a German-speaking part university, while TestDaf can be obtained in a multitude of centers around the globe.
  7. If the medium of instruction of your target university is Italian, required good knowledge in Italian language
  8. If the medium of instruction of your target university is French, required good knowledge in French language
  9. If the medium of instruction of your target university is English:
  10. Required TOEFL CBT score 213 or IBT score 79 to 80 or
  11. Required IELTS band score 6.0
  12. Applicants should check with his desired university for medium of instruction.
  13. Other Test
  14. It depends on universities. Sometimes it requires GRE, GMAT etc.
  15. Course Length
  16. Master’s Degree: Approx. 2 years of full time study

Subjects and Disciplines for Bachelor’s & Master’s Program

Theology, Religious Studies, Law, Criminology, Economics, Business Administration / Management, Political Science, Medicine, Pharmacy, Health, Social Sciences, Social Work, Linguistics & Literary Studies, Communication, Information, History, Archaeology, Humanities, Art Studies, Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science, Telecommunications, Engineering, Architecture, Sports and Human Movement Sciences, Teaching Qualifications etc.

 

 

Expenses

  1. Cost of Study in ($US)
  2. Tuition fees for universities and colleges in Switzerland vary from institution to institution 2. The cost is approx. 410 to 3279 ($US) per semester.
  3. Living & Other Expense in ($US)
  4. Depending on the location of the university and personal demands, the cost is 1500 to 2400 ($US) per month including food, drink, leisure activities, transport, telephone, books, accommodation etc.

How to Apply to the University

  1. Check with the departments to see if there is a closing date for your application.
  2. You should write directly to the Institution’s Admission Office for detailed application information and forms.
  3. Some universities have an on-line application facility, and you find information about it from the university websites.
  4. Admissions office will inform you about the documentation, translation, and visa requirements.
  5. You should start at least one year in advance to compile the necessary information and documentation.
  6. The decision of the institution is usually announced within approximately six to eight months of the application deadline.

Supporting Documents

  1. Official English version of all educational documents including marks sheets.
  2. Your school/college leaving certificate.
  3. English version of your all educational documents including mark sheet.
  4. The test score of a language test you have taken
  5. Passport photo
  6. Photocopy of your passport
  7. Reference letter

Other Information

  1. Health Service
  2. Foreign students who intend to stay in Switzerland for longer than three months must take out health insurance; this is obligatory.
  3. Students from states which provide international mutual aid are exempted from this obligation.
  4. Other students can be exempted if they have equivalent insurance cover in their home country.
  5. Working in Switzerland:
  6. Students from outside Switzerland normally have the right to work 15 hours a week, as long as it doesn’t disrupt their studies. However, the workload of postgraduate programs restricts work activity.
  7. Jobs in Switzerland
  8. Job Categories: Camp Counselor, Nurse, Child Care, Hotel, Restaurant, Chef, Bar Work, Waiting, Cleaning, Factory Work, Shop Assistant, Travel & Tourism, Housekeeping & Maintenance, Campus job, Accounting, Front Office, Food and Beverage, Kitchen, Sales and Marketing etc.
  9. Average wages: Student can earn from 14 to 33 ($US) per hour.
  10. Credit Transfer Facility
  11. Students may apply for credit transfer program at undergraduate or postgraduate level in Switzerland.
  12. The maximum amount of credit that may be granted normally is not greater than 50% of the course.
  13. Most of the universities consider minimum “B” grade for acceptance.
  14. You have to submit the following documents to your target university:
  15. Your application form for the Undergraduate or Postgraduate coursework program
  16. Official copies of your academic transcript
  17. Also include an official letter from head of the school/department of your university, from where you have already completed the courses.
  18. Detailed course outlines (Official Copy) including subject descriptions, methods of teaching and assessment, reading lists, number of hours of teaching etc.
  19. The academic level you are studying (e.g. First Year, Second Year etc.)
  20. How many credits you have completed
  21. An explanation of the grading system used at your institution.
  22. Information on the total units of study requirement (i.e. how many credits are required) for the completion of the degree.
  23. Scholarships
  24. There is a huge number of scholarship available on the International Scholarship Database of VarsityAdmission.COM site
  25. Swiss scholarships for university studies, fine arts and music schools
  26. Swiss Government is Offering Scholarship.