Study in Switzerland

Officially named as the Swiss Confederation, Switzerland is one of the wealthiest and most productive countries in the world. Although most Bachelor's programs are taught in one of the country's official languages, German, French or Italian, you may also study in Switzerland in English, since there is an increasing number of master's and PhD programs addressed to international students. In fact, more than 49000 international students chose to study in Switzerland in 2009. That over 21% of the student population body!

Located in the Alps, Switzerland has a long history in neutrality, direct democracy and federalism. Switzerland is also home to many important international organizations, such as the Red Cross, the International Olympic Committee and the World Economic Forum, just to mention a few of them. In spite of the fact that Switzerland is not a member state of the European Union, it signed the Schengen Agreement, which affords you the opportunity to travel around Europe without the need for additional visas.

It's one of the most fantastic countries to study in:
  • With not one, not two, but 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, “Rösti,” life in Switzerland is a true epicurean adventure. Did we mention 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.
  • If you love to ski and snowboard, there’s no place better than Switzerland. And if you don’t love to ski and snowboard, there’s no better place to learn. 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.
  • Switzerland is home to some of the world’s best-ranked academic institutions. Zurich’s Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich) 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 École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, the University of Geneva and the University of Zurich.
  • As evidenced by its four national languages, the ancestry of Swiss residents traces back to many different countries, and cultural diversity abounds. Switzerland provides the unique opportunity to sample life across Europe in just one tiny country. Of course, Switzerland’s central location makes it easy to see these destinations for yourself with minimal travel time and expense. In fact, while Switzerland is not a member of the EU, its residents can travel through Europe without worrying about visas.
  • You can set your (Swiss-made) watch to the country’s unbeatable public transportation system, which provides easy access between major cities, including Berne, Basel, Geneva, Lucerne, Zurich and Lugano, as well as to other parts of Europe.
  • Students come from all over the world to study in Switzerland, promoting the development of a rare international perspective. The International Olympic Committee, the Red Cross and the World Economic Forum are just a few of the global organizations located in Switzerland.
  • While English is not one of Switzerland’s four national languages, most locals speak great English, and are committed to global culture. Some schools -- particularly business programs -- offer complete courses of study in English. And one for good luck: while giving them their own category may seem extreme, Swiss drinking fountains are truly extraordinary. The water is drinkable at nearly every fountain, and great for filling a water bottle or dunking your head on hot days. From Zermatt’s frolicking beavers to Bern’s baby-devouring ogre, Switzerland is a treasure trove of ingenious and refreshing drinking fountains.
The excellent Swiss MBA is worldly renowed:

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.

There’s no better place to develop foreign language skills for business thanks to endless practicing opportunities. There are plenty of chances to learn non-Swiss languages, too, due to the breadth and depth of the international student population. While most undergraduate programs are taught in German, French and Italian, Master’s programs offer a multitude of English courses. That said, English is widely understood and some programs are even taught entirely in English. Additionally, the cross-cultural management skills fostered in this global setting are highly desirable in the 21st century workplace.

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