The first thoughts that come to mind when thinking of Switzerland are chocolates, cheese, wine, watches and the Swiss Alps. Not too many people realize that Switzerland has a well defined educational system which is comparable in terms of quality of education and research facilities not only with other European countries, but also with other popular study destinations like the US and Australia.
There are about twelve general universities and nine universities of applied sciences in Switzerland, with seven universities making it to the prestigious list of QS Top 200 World University Rankings, 2019. Courses are offered in diverse fields like Business Administration, Banking and Finance, Hospitality, Economics, Law, IT, Engineering and Medicine.
Courses taught at the undergraduate level at most universities are in French, German or Italian. Many universities have recently started offering courses in the English language at this level, while graduate programs are offered extensively in the English language.
Switzerland is also home to some of the most iconic global organizations which have had an impact on the world economy, like the World Trade Organization, United Nations Organization, International Telecommunication Union, UBS Group and Credit Suisse Group.
Top switzerland Universities
The following is a list of leading universities in Switzerland from which you can choose from. These universities rank among the best across important study parameters and have impacted the quality of education and work related skills of students studying here.
- ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)
- University of Zurich
- University of Geneva
- University of Lausanne
- University of Basel
- University of Saint Gallen (HSG)
Scholarship Options in Switzerland
It is advisable to initiate your admission process into Switzerland Universities at least a year prior to completing your 12th standard for undergraduates and during the beginning of the last year of your graduation so as to maximize the possibilities of choosing the best university options and scholarship opportunities as dates for these vary from university to university.
There are tremendous opportunities in Switzerland in sectors such as IT, Medical, Business and Banking, Architecture and Engineering, Hotels and Hospitality etc.
Individuals with high proficiency in English language skills have an added advantage as there is an acute shortage of English speaking professionals in the local job market.
In both public and private universities, fees are the same for EU and non-EU students.
Average tuition fees:
- Bachelor and Master programmes: 1,600 EUR per year
- PhD degrees: 100 – 200 EUR per year.
- Certain disciplines may have higher fees, such as medicine, where students can be charged up to around 16,000 EUR/year.
Tuition fees in private universities
Private universities usually have higher tuition fees that range from 1,500 and 16,000 EUR per year.
Most affordable Swiss universities
Check the list of Swiss universities with the most affordable tuition fees:
- University of Geneva – average tuition fees 900 EUR/year
- University of Bern – average tuition fees 1,500 EUR/year
- University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW – average tuition fees 1,300 EUR/year
- University of Lausanne – average tuition fees 1,500 EUR/year
Tuition fees at top-ranked Swiss universities
Here is a list of average tuition fees at the top-ranked Swiss universities:
ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich – average tuition fees 1,600
EUR/year École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne – average tuition fees 1,100 EUR/ per year
University of Basel – average tuition fees 1,600 EUR/year
University of Zurich – average tuition fees 1,400 EUR/year
2. Living costs in Switzerland
Living costs all over Switzerland are expensive, and managing your monthly expenses without making any compromise could be a tough challenge in Switzerland.
You should plan an average budget of around 1,300 and 1,800 EUR/month to pay for: housing, food, transportation, tuition, supplies and a few leisure activities. However, Geneve and Zurich are the most expensive cities that require a budget exceeding 1,700 EUR/month.
Here is how much you will spend, on average, in these Swiss cities:
- Geneve – around 1,650-2,500 EUR/month
- Zurich – between 1,650 and 2,200 EUR/month
- Bern – around 1,600 EUR/month
- Basel – between 1,400 and 2,000 EUR/month
Accommodation options and costs
Out of the total monthly expenses of EU students, they usually pay around 33 % on accommodation, 7 % on transportation and around 8 % on tuition fees. Rates for accommodation in Switzerland are above the international range of 300 EUR/month, as the average for any housing option is around 600 EUR/month.
The most common housing choices among international students in Switzerland:
- Student halls of residence – between 450 and 800 EUR/month.
- Rent/share an apartment – average price ranges between 700 and 1,000 EUR/month for a one-bedroom apartment.
Food costs in Switzerland
Most students choose to buy their food from the supermarkets and eat out only once in a while. Food bills from the supermarket would be around 300 EUR/month, but they could get higher. Try making most of your shopping after 5 p.m., as many stores add 25–50% discounts on perishable items.
Inexpensive restaurants in Switzerland serve meals at prices that range from 11 to 21 EUR per person. Restaurants that serve international cuisine can have lower prices.
Many students choose to get around Switzerland by foot, (around 11%), 10 % use the bicycle, and another 10 % use the public transport. A monthly pass on the public transportation is around 60 EURO.
In major Swiss cities like Zurich, Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne and Neuchâtel, any public transportation ticket is valid on trains, tramways, buses and even ships.
Average salary for professionals across different skills is about 8000 CHF (Swiss Francs) per month which is about 8000 US$ but the cost of living is extremely high in most cities of Switzerland