Switzerland is convinced of the long-term strategic importance of education and regards it as essential for political stability, increase in wealth, and innovation. As a country whose main resources are knowledge and research, Switzerland acknowledges the vital role played by foreign citizens in the drive for innovation, research and business acumen. And as Switzerland is internationally recognised as a centre of excellence for education, its attraction for studying and research is well-established.
Swiss universities offer their courses in accordance with the Bologna system: undergraduate studies culminate in a Bachelor’s degree, which can be further advanced with a Master’s degree, in compliance with international agreements. A total of 135,000 students attend Switzerland’s world-class Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. programmes, which are based on cutting-edge research and cover a variety of areas.
Cost of living in Switzerland
The cost of living in Switzerland echoes the country’s high standard of living. Residents appreciate admirable communications, transportation, excellence accommodation, and superior cultural and tourism offerings. Usually the cost of living depends on personal choice of entertaining activities. Monthly average cost is EUR 1040 to EUR 1700. On average, a student would require EUR 14,000 to EUR 20,000 depending on the place and standard of living yearly.
Tuition fees at universities in Switzerland
Tuition fees in Swiss universities are quite affordable.If you hold a foreign or international secondary or higher education degree, you will have to pay registration and tuition fees at public universities and colleges. In general, foreign students must pay registration fees of approximately EUR 50 – 80. Tuition fees for foreign students range from ca. EUR 750 to EUR 3000 per semester depending on the school.
The academic year in Switzerland is divided into two, viz;
- Fall semester:which runs from September through December and
- Spring semester: which starts from February and ends in June.
Although application deadlines for studies in Switzerland vary depending on the study program and the university or college, students are usually required to submit their applications in the Spring semester for studies beginning the following academic year.