swissworld.org - Switzerland's official information portal

swissworld.org - Switzerland's official information portal

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Studying in Switzerland

How can I study in Switzerland?

If you plan to study in Switzerland, you will need to know the details of all the Swiss institutions of higher learning to decide where to apply.

Don't forget that English is not one of Switzerland's national languages, so only a restricted number of courses are taught in it. If you don't speak German, French or Italian, you should be sure to ask about the language of instruction.

If you want to study at a private college, you should check its credentials before paying any money. If in doubt, enquire at your local Swiss embassy or consulate.

You are not allowed to finance your studies through work, although you can normally work to earn extra money. There are restrictions on the number of hours you are allowed to do this; the precise rules depend on the canton.

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How can I get a scholarship to study in Switzerland?

The Swiss Government grants university scholarships to foreign students who have graduated from university or, to a limited extent, university of applied sciences or advanced arts programmes. Detailed information on the application requirements for the scholarships, the relevant countries, and how to apply are provided by the State Secretariat for Education and Research.

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How can my children study in Switzerland?

There are a number of private schools in Switzerland. The umbrella organisation has all the details on its website.

If you are taking up residence in Switzerland, your children can attend their local public (state) school.

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