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Study in Switzerland

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® 2019 – ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) and Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) are both placed among the world’s top 30. 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.

Sound good so far? Then maybe Switzerland is the study abroad destination for you – click on the tabs below for more information.

Fast Facts

  • Federal democratic republic with bicameral legislature
  • Divided into 26 cantons (similar to states)
  • No official capital, but the ‘federal city’ is Bern
  • Students will need a minimum of CHF17,640 (~US$17,270) per year for living costs
  • International tuition fees at general universities currently average between CHF850 and 1,310 (~US$830 and 1,280) per year for bachelor's degrees
  • Population: 8.5 million (2018 estimate)
  • Area: 15,940 square miles
  • Part of the Schengen Area, but not the European Union
  • Four official languages: German, French, Italian and Romansh
  • The nation has its origins in the late 13th century, though it only came into being in its current form in the mid-19th century.
  • The “CH” often used in reference to Switzerland stands for Confoederatio Helvetica, the original Latin name for what is now Switzerland.
  • Currency: Swiss franc (CHF)
  • International dialling code: +41
  • Central European Time (UTC+1), switching to UTC+2 in the summer months