Why should you study in Switzerland:

Switzerland has always had quality education as a core initiative amongst its long term strategies. In the long run, it has helped Switzerland to achieve geo-political stability, tremendous economic development, growth in scientific research and innovation along with a standard of living which many Western countries can be envious of. As a nation, Switzerland has imbibed the true power of knowledge through continuous investment in research thus battling and regaining resources in order to position themselves as a powerful member of the European continent.

Though many consider Switzerland more of a tourist destination, its education system is ranked as one of the most progressive in the world. Most institutions in Switzerland are publicly funded and that helps them to carry out their set outline in order to encourage advancements in technology, scientific research and business intelligence. That is probably the reason behind Switzerland being one of the select countries with a very high number of registered patents and per capita rate of Noble Laureates.

Switzerland is actually a land-locked country which in turn is naturally divided between the the Alps, the Swiss Plateau, and the Jura. Though Geneva and Zurich are most popular in terms of tourists, many people do not know that it is Bern which is the capital city of Switzerland. Instead of states, Switzerland had a system of cantons. In the current Swiss structure, the confederation is divided into 20 cantons and 6 half cantons.

One would be surprised to know that almost 25% of the 7.8 million population in Switzerland constitute of expats.

Studying in Switzerland as a prospective Indian student, you need to fully have a grasp of the benefits of pursuing a Swiss degree. Take a look:

  • Post completion of your course, your institution of study offers you a paid internship for a period ranging between 6 – 18 months duration.
  • If you a transfer student pursuing a higher diploma in Switzerland and you have completed 6 months of education in the country, you are offered a paid internship of 6 months duration.
  • You can have the flexibility to travel to 16 European countries without a Visa.
  • There are more chances of Indian students getting a 10 year multiple visit USA Visa, if you have stayed in Switzerland for a continuous period of 6 months.

If you are looking for a career as an Academic, then Switzerland should be a top choice for your study abroad destination as comprehensive courses across diverse programs along with ongoing innovations and research are a forte of the ten cantonal universities in Switzerland. Many are probably not aware of the fact that researchers in Switzerland are some of the best in the world and produce the largest number of citations per publication. Thus, if you are in pursuit of a Masters degree by Research or Doctorate or Post Doctorate degrees, then a certification from a Swiss university will jump-start your academic career in a manner that you had possibly never imagine.

With a decentralized education system in place, the management and decision making power for primary and secondary schools lies with the respective cantons since the majority of financial undertakings are carried out by them. The primary, secondary and tertiary levels are Switzerland’s division in the education system and as an international student from India, there are available opportunities where one can enter the system at any of the three levels.

Since the majority of Indian students will be looking at the tertiary level of education, one must be aware that this level covers higher vocational training as well as the universities. Technical schools and a superior level of higher technical schools are in place that provides vocational training that can result in a certificate or a diploma. The universities on the other hand impart general education.

Top Universities in Switzerland:

Switzerland currently has 10 cantonal universities with 2 Federal Institutes of Technology and 7 Universities of Applied Sciences.

Like the majority of countries, Switzerland too follows a Bachelor – Master system at the University level. This is done, keeping in mind that international students may be on the go between universities.

QS World University Rankings® has consistently featured eight universities in Switzerland within the top 200 universities on a global scale.  ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) and Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have in fact been placed among world’s top 15 institutions according to the QS World University Rankings® 2018. A global hub, international students constitute approximately 17% of the total student body in Switzerland. Here’s the crème-de-la-crème of Swiss universities:

  • ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)
  • Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • University of Zurich
  • University of Geneva
  • University of Lausanne
  • University of Basel
  • University of Bern
  • University of St. Gallen (HSG)
  • Université de Fribourg
  • IMD International Institute of Management Development

Top Courses in Switzerland:

There is a large pool of subjects available for studying at the tertiary level for an Indian international student in Switzerland. As one of the best study abroad consultants for Switzerland, Mayfair Global Education has compiled a list of the most popular subjects which are currently in huge demand:

  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Computer Sciences
  • Banking and Finance
  • International Business and Affairs
  • Physical Sciences
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Marketing
  • Human Resources
  • Language

Cost of Studying in Switzerland:

Studying at a public university in Switzerland will cost you approximately between EUR 750 to EUR 3000 per semester. Private universities on the other hand can demand a tuition fee of up to EUR 20,000.

In addition to the tuition fee, you should account for approximately EUR 10,000 to EUR 19,000 as your living expenses.

As a student, you will be allowed to work in Switzerland. However, you will need to provide a statement saying that your duration of employment will not be longer than the duration of your course of study.

Apart from an Education Loan from a public or a private bank in India, there are always a number of scholarships available to Indian students that may be applied for in order to be able partly or fully fund your education in Switzerland.

Note: The given costs are only indicative in nature. Both tuition fee and living costs are variable depending on the institution and its location.

Scholarship Information:

In order to be eligible to apply for scholarships in Switzerland, start the process at least 8 – 10 months in advance.

The Government offers the following scholarships:

  • Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists
  • The Erasmus Mundus Scholarships

Universities also have a number of scholarships in place. Take a look at some of the popular ones:

  • ETH Excellence Scholarships
  • UNIL Master’s Grants
  • EPFL Excellence Fellowships
  • The Graduate Institute Scholarships
  • IMD MBA Scholarships
  • University of Geneva Excellence Master Fellowships

Standardised Tests:

At the Undergraduate Level:

  • TOELF or IELTS scores are mandatory English proficiency tests at the undergraduate level.

At the Post-graduate Level:

  • IELTS or TOEFL scores are to be submitted to the chosen institutions at the time of applying for a Post-graduate course.

Admission Process:

Switzerland has several student intakes across the calendar year:

  • January
  • February
  • April
  • May
  • July
  • August
  • October
  • November

This intake system makes it quiet simple to make an application to a Swiss institution. Prospective Indian students should start the process at least 6 – 8 months in advance. Visit or contact Mayfair Global Education online and register your interest as a prospective student wishing to pursue a degree at a Swiss institution.

As an overseas education consultant for Switzerland, Mayfair Global Education will request for your academic documents along with work experience certificates (where applicable), your options on financing your education abroad, professional aspirations, interests, etc. and help to create a Profile for you. During the process, you will be required to furnish us with a Statement of Purpose along with an updated Resume, Letter of Recommendation and a Portfolio (if applying for design related courses).

On a one to one counselling session, you will also be guided on the list of standardised tests like IELTS / TOEFL that you may have to take. If you have already taken the test, your results will be reviewed and evaluated by us. The next step will be to shortlist the courses that interest you and the universities in Switzerland that offer the same.

Once all the above steps have been accomplished, a formal application for admission will be made to the shortlisted Swiss institutions.

Visa Counseling:

Post receiving your offer letter and once you have your funding in place, Mayfair Global Education will help you through the Visa Application process following updated guidelines as published on the Switzerland Immigration website. This will also be followed up by a pre-departure briefing once you have received your student visa.

Future Prospects:

Switzerland has one of most sophisticated and robust economies in the world. However, statistics show an ageing population and by 2030, the report suggests that there will be a severe skill shortage in the country. Key sectors where there may be a shortage of adequate workforce are agriculture, healthcare, education, policing and transport.

However, in the immediate future, post completion of your course of study, as an international student from India, you are provided with a 6 month visa extension in order to stay back in Switzerland and seek employment. However, keep in mind, that a Swiss degree will indeed open up a lot of doors for you and the world will be your playground towards a prosperous andprofessional life.