Study in Switzerland

Switzerland is a landlocked country geographically divided between the Alps, the Central Plateau and the Jura, spanning an area of 41,285 km2 (15,940 sq mi). While the Alps occupy the greater part of the territory, the Swiss population of approximately 7.9 million people concentrates mostly on the Plateau, where the largest cities are to be found.

Among them are the two global cities and economic centres of Zurich and Geneva.

Quick Facts
Currency Swiss franc
Languages spoken EnglishGerman, French, Italian, Romansh
Area 41,285 sq km
Population 8.372 million
Calling code +41
  • Why Study in Switzerland
  • Education in Switzerland
  • Universities in Switzerland
  • Entry Requirements
  • Student Visa Process

Why study in Switzerland

  • High-quality education
  • International Degree
  • World-leading research environment
  • Low tuition fees
  • Study programs in English
  • Low student/faculty ratio and small working groups
  • Excellent facilities

Education in Switzerland

Switzerland's 12 universities comprise 10 cantonal universities and 2 Federal Institutes of Technology. In addition there are various Universities of Applied Sciences. In business and management studies, University of St. Gallen, (HSG) and International Institute for Management Development (IMD) are the leaders. Switzerland has the second highest rate of foreign students in tertiary education, after Australia. Many Nobel prizes were awarded to Swiss scientists.

Duration of the Course

  • UG - 3 yrs
  • PG - 1 to 2 yrs


  • Fall intake
  • Spring intake

Cost of studying & Cost of living

Tuition fees for universities and colleges in Switzerland vary from institution to institution. The cost of tuition is minimum CHF 1500 to maximum CHF 8500.

Living expenses

Between CHF 19,000 and 29,000 per year

After Education

Many international companies have selected Switzerland for their headquarters because of the country's reputation for stability, safety and multicultural understanding.

Switzerland has a long established and outstanding reputation for excellence in Hospitality education and training. Many of the world's successful hoteliers have been educated in this beautiful and safe country. Switzerland demonstrates greatness in its precision approach to detail. That is why so many Swiss corporations rank among the world's finest research institutes.

Universities in Switzerland

  • Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich
  • École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Université de Genève
  • Universität Zürich
  • Universität Bern
  • Universität Basel
  • Université de Lausanne
  • Université de Fribourg
  • Universität St.Gallen
  • Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz
  • Université de Neuchâtel
  • Hochschule Luzern
  • Berner Fachhochschule
  • Institut de hautes études internationales et du développement
  • Università della Svizzera Italiana
  • Haute École Spécialisée de Suisse Occidentale
  • Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana
  • Universität Luzern
  • Kalaidos Fachhochschule
  • Webster University Geneva
  • Zürcher Fachhochschule
  • Fachhochschule Ostschweiz
  • Fachhochschule Les Roches-Gruyère

Entry Requirements

Admission to a Bachelor's Programme

  • Valid Swiss maturity certificate or an equivalent foreign upper secondary school-leaving Certificate.
  • University entrance is required. (Special regulations for study programmes in medicine and human movement and sports science).

Admission to a Master's Programme

  • Valid Bachelor's level programme
  • University entrance is required.

Documents Required for Admission

  • 10+2 certificates
  • Graduation (Individual Transcripts, Consolidated & Provisional)
  • Recommendation letters (LOR)- 2 set (Photocopy)
  • Statement of Purpose (SOP)- 1
  • Resume / CV - 1
  • Passport Front & Back - 1 set (Photocopy)
  • Work Experience Certificate - 1 set (Photocopy)
  • Passport size color photos - 4

Student Visa Process

Within 14 days of entering Switzerland, EU/EFTA citizens must register with the local authority at the place of residence and apply for a residence permit.

Documents Required for Visa

  • Personal application for residence permit
  • Valid passport or identity card
  • Proof of registration at the university
  • Evidence of sufficient funds
  • Proof of address at place of residence
  • 2 passport photographs


Students are advised to carry their original documents along with photocopies for verification.