Find universities in Switzerland and study in Switzerland, our guide for international students to study abroad. Struggling to decide where to study in Europe? Torn between German hospitality, Italian passion and French food? You could experience all three (and even more) in one of Europe’s most popular study abroad destinations – welcome to Switzerland.
How can you study a degree in Switzerland?
Switzerland is a popular destination with international students due to its quality of life and excellent educational opportunities. For such a small country, there are plenty of options available to people who want to study a degree in Switzerland.
The two types of institution you can study at in Switzerland are:
- Cantonal universities – There are ten cantonal universities spread across Switzerland’s 26 cantons (districts)
- Federal institutes of technology – There are two technological institutes in Switzerland. ETH in Zurich and EPFL in Lausanne
The annual tuition fee for international students in Switzerland is between £650 and £1,000 per year, although this can vary depending on your chosen subject and institution. Some scholarships are available to foreign students – the best place to look is with your local Swiss embassy.
Immigration and visas
Although not a member of the EU, Switzerland does allow EU citizens to attend university in the country. Students from the EU must register with the Residents’ Registration Office at their relevant authority within 14 days of arriving, and will also need to show:
- A valid passport
- Proof of a place at a registered university
- Evidence of funds to support themselves
- Proof of address
- Health insurance
Non-EU students will need to check the relevant details for studying in Switzerland with their own country.
Switzerland has a comparatively high cost of living when compared to other European countries. You will also have to factor in exchange costs, as Switzerland has its own currency in the form of the Swiss franc.
Eating out and alcohol can be expensive in Switzerland, particularly when compared with countries like France and Spain.