Switzerland is a landlocked country situated in Western and Central Europe. It is geographically divided between the Swiss Plateau, the Alps, and the Jura. The total surface area of the country is 41,285 square kilometers.
Switzerland is a stable and prosperous economy and is one of the wealthiest countries in the world. It is home to several big organizations like Nestle, Novartis, The Swatch Group and Swiss International Airlines. The manufacturing sector is very strong in Switzerland; specializing pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and musical instruments.
Switzerland is geographically diverse. The southern part of the country is mountainous and scantily populated. A major portion of people is settled in northern Switzerland. The country is divided into three areas topographically: the Jura mountains to the north, the Swiss Alps to the South and the Swiss Plateau to the centre. Though the country’s climate is mainly temperate, it is pleasant in south and extremely cold in the north due to mountaintops.
Switzerland hosts a human population of more than 8 million out of which 23.3. percent are foreigners. Italians, Portuguese and Germans comprise major portion of the percentage. The Swiss enjoy a high standard of living. Christianity is the most prevalent faith in the country.
Switzerland is one of the most pristine and pleasing countries in Europe Today, it is known for producing most delicious chocolates across the globe. Switzerland is a multi-cultural society. And, hence living in this country gives one a very global and open outlook towards life.
Switzerland is a popular tourist destination especially for those who like taking up outdoor pursuits. Another reason for the same is the favourable weather throughout the year. The Swiss Alps, Lugano, Lake Geneva, Jungfrau Region, and Zurich city are most-visited locales of the country.
The Swiss, on the other hand, are mostly reserved and extremely punctual. They are obsessed with cleanliness. Perhaps, that’s why the places and roads in Switzerland are so clean all the time. The Swiss also have a penchant for chocolate and cheese.
Pursuing higher education in Switzerland is relatively affordable and a large student population from around the world comes to study there every year. Most of the schools and colleges in the country are public-funded.
Places like Lausanne, Zurich, Geneva, and St. Gallen are educational hubs of the country. Business & Management, Hospitality Management, Economics, Politics and Linguistics are most popular streams opted by students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
University of Geneva, University of Zurich, University of Lausanne, University of Bern, University of Basil, and ETH Zurich are the top universities of Switzerland. International students who want to study in this country have to plan well in advance. Admissions for most institutes begin either from September or February.
Every student has to score above 90 in TOEFL to get admission at any of the two levels (UG / PG). To get into a Bachelor’s program, the student must have a valid Swiss maturity certificate as decided by University. For a postgraduate program, the student must be a graduate.
The Swiss government offers a number of scholarships to international students every year through the ‘Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students’ (FCS). These scholarships provide graduates from all streams the opportunity to pursue any postgraduate program at a public-funded university.
Students who wish to attend a school or university for more than three months have to submit the following documents sufficient in advance (3 months):
1. Three application forms "Antrag auf Erteilung eines Visums für den langfristigen Aufenthalt (Visum D)", (Application for long term-stay visa, visa D) duly completed (in German, French, Italian or English) and signed by the applicant in person (consult "Visa forms / Photo requirements" on our website).
2. Passport which must be valid for at least three months after the date of the first departure from the Schengen area and containing at least two empty pages. (It is also possible to submit the application with a passport with shorter validity, but in this case a new a passport must be presented at the time of the issue of the visa).
3. Two copies of the applicant's passport (pages with photo, personal data and signature).
4. Two copies of the last two Schengen visas (if applicable).
5. Four identical, recent passport photographs, meeting Schengen requirements (three glued on the application forms, the fourth attached. Consult "Visa forms / Photo requirements" on our website).
6. Confirmation/matriculation letter from the school or university (original plus 2 copies).
7. Confirmation of tuition and other fees payment (original plus 2 copies).
8. Written confirmation of the sponsor that he/she covers all the costs (when in Russian, with translation: German, French, Italian or English), a solvency proof (e.g. bank account statement showing the movements for the last three months or letter by the bank confirming the balance of the account) - original and copy, and 2 copies of his/her passport (pages with photo, personal data and signature). Bank account statements and letters by the bank confirming the account's balance must either be issued in German, French, Italian or English or be translated into one of these languages.
9. Previous diplomas, school certificates and study plan translated into German, French, Italian or English (original plus 2 copies).
10. Curriculum vitae translated into German, French, Italian or English (original plus copy).
11. Motivation letter, indicating why you decided to study in Switzerland, how these studies will be beneficial for your career, etc. (2 originals).
12. Signed obligation by the applicant to leave Switzerland after completion of the studies/the education (may be handwritten; 2 originals).
Tuition fees for universities in the country differ from institution to institution. However, the cost of higher education per year is somewhere between Rs. 1,00,000 to Rs. 6,00,000. On the other hand, an international student would be required to spend between Rs. 10,00,000 to Rs. 16,00,000 on his or her accommodation if the same hasn’t been take care of by the university.
Switzerland is not exactly a conventional place to study in. It is more of a tourist spot thanks to its beautiful locales and favourable climate all year round. Finding a place to live in this country is also an expensive option and that’s one major problem that international students face.
On the brighter side, cities like Zurich, Lausanne, and Geneva offer the best environment to students to hang out. It not only has good dining places, but also pubs and nightclubs. Most universities also offer recreational activities to their students. Many inter-university sports tournaments are held throughout the year and hence, the country is full of sports centres.
Switzerland is also culturally rich and is filled with art galleries, exhibitions, and theatres. On an average, a student will have to incur a total expense of Rs. 6,500 to Rs. 10,000 to enjoy all the good things this country has got to offer.