Study in switzerland
Why Study in Switzerland?
Swiss universities offer a wide range of courses of study at all levels (bachelor, master, doctorate) at different institutions of higher education (academic universities, universities of applied sciences, universities of teacher education) and in different languages (German, French, Italian, English).
Switzerland is home to one of Europe’s most prestigious higher education systems, including continental Europe’s two highest entries in the QS World University Rankings® 2016-2017 – ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) and Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) are both placed among the world’s top 15. Additional attractions to study in Switzerland come from the postcard-perfect beauty found throughout the nation, which is especially known for its magnificent Alpine mountains and dazzling lakes. With four official languages, it’s a true European melting pot, and consistently ranks among the world’s leaders on measures of quality of life.
Scholarship opportunities for International Students:
The cost of a Swiss education is significantly lower than many of the country’s European counterparts. While the low tuition fees alone are enough to entice potential students, throw in generous government- and university-sponsored scholarships, and Switzerland becomes an increasingly irresistible destination.
1. Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists: 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.
2. The Erasmus Mundus Scholarships: Sponsored by the European Commission, this program fosters cooperation between European higher education institutions and third world countries to promote highly trained human resources. Higher education students from across the globe are eligible for for funding, allowing them to participate in the Erasmus Mundus study program tuition-free.
1. ETH Excellence Scholarships: International students pursuing Master’s degrees at ETH Zurich are eligible for two scholarship programs: the Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Programme (ESOP) awards a special scholarship -- covering full study and living costs --and supervision for the entire course of study; the Master Scholarship Program (MSP) provides a partial stipend along with an assistantship. This program is open to both national and national students with excellent undergraduate records.
2. UNIL Master’s Grants: Ten annual Master’s grants are awarded to distinguished international students on a competitive basis in most fields. Recipients at the University of Lausanne are granted a monthly stipend. Read more about the University of Lausanne's Business & Economics and Law programs.
3. EPFL Excellence Fellowships: A limited number of fellowships are awarded to outstanding Master’s level students by the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. The academic achievement-based award consists of a pre-set financial package per academic year.
4. The Graduate Institute Scholarships: Geneva’s Graduate Institute awards a significant number of scholarships annual to Master’s and Ph.D. students. As many as 32 percent of enrolled students have benefited from this financial support, which can range from full scholarships to tuition scholarships in specified fields for candidates from predetermined regions.
Further information about entrance qualifications, additional tests and potential credit transfers can be obtained from the institutions' admissions offices or from Dynamic Strategies®.
Switzerland is one of the most fantastic countries to study in:
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.
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.
Universities in Switzerland:
Eight universities in Switzerland are featured in the QS World University Rankings 2016-2017, all of which rank in the top 300. ETH Zurich and EPFL, both within the global top 15, are joined by five more Swiss universities ranked among the world’s top 200. This is even more impressive when you consider that the population of the entire country is just 8.4 million (for comparison, that’s about the same as that of the US state of Virginia).
As well as having a strong presence in the international ranking tables, universities in Switzerland are also very international in terms of their student and academic communities. Four of the eight ranked Swiss universities make the world’s top 65 for their percentage of international students, and the country's performs well when comparing the percentage of international academic staff members..
The following four universities in Switzerland are all ranked in the world’s top 100:
ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology):
Switzerland’s highest ranked university, ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) is currently placed 8th in the world and is the only non-UK European university to rank within the global top 10. The university was founded in 1855, and is well established as a leader in scientific and technical fields, with connections to an impressive 21 Nobel laureates. Today more than 18,600 students study at ETH Zurich, studying at two campuses – one in the center of Zurich, and one on the outskirts. In the QS World University Rankings by Faculty, ETH Zurich is currently ranked fifth in the world for engineering and technology subjects, and sixth for natural sciences. Teaching at undergraduate level is mainly in German, while most master’s courses are English-led.
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne:
The second of the two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology, the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) was established slightly earlier than ETH Zurich, in 1853, and follows close behind in the international rankings tables. It’s placed 14th in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2016-2017, and in the QS World University Rankings by Faculty comes 17th for engineering and technology and 13th for natural sciences. Since Lausanne is in a French-speaking part of Switzerland, most courses offered are in French, though there are also some programs in English. About half the size of ETH Zurich, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne currently teaches about 9,900 students.
University of Zurich:
With around 26,000 students, the University of Zurich is the largest university in Switzerland, and lays claim to the country’s largest selection of study programs. Currently ranked 80th in the world, it conducts teaching and research across a broader subject spectrum than the more specialized ETH Zurich and EPFL, with facilities spread throughout the city of Zurich. With public outreach at the heart of its mission, the University of Zurich runs an impressive selection of museums, public libraries, collections, events and educational programs, including a “Children’s University” and “Senior Citizens’ University”.
University of Geneva:
Among both the largest and the oldest universities in Switzerland, the University of Geneva was established in 1559. It stands at joint 95th in the QS World University Rankings 2016-2017, and is located in Geneva, the second-largest Swiss city after Zurich. It offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs across a broad range of subjects. Teaching at bachelor’s level is mainly in French, while many master’s courses are led in English.
Also ranked among the world’s top universities are the University of Lausanne, University of Basel, University of Bern and University of St Gallen (HSG); the first three are all within the global top 200, while the University of St Gallen climbed from joint 329th to joint 288th this year.
Applying to universities in Switzerland:
There is no centralized application procedure for international students, so to apply to study in Switzerland, Dynamic Strategies® will connect you directly with each university. We will guide you to apply online meeting all admission requirements, and universities’ international and admissions offices should be available to help you if you have any problems.
You’ll need to prove you are fluent in the language of tuition, with the level depending on the course and university to which you are applying – as ever, check with the institution.