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  • Switzerland has a high quality system of education that is relatively accessible to foreign students.

  • The student population of some universities, for example, consists of over 40% foreign students, and this trend is on the upswing.

  • You will meet and associate with people from all over the world, giving you a very global outlook and politically neutral understanding of life.

  • A Swiss Education Today is An International Career Tomorrow

  • Bringing global opportunities to you.

  • Transform your ambitions into an exciting career.

  • Safe and modern with high living standards

  • Multicultural society with four official languages

Step : 1

All applications will be assessed by the Embassy of Switzerland at New Delhi only. Please note that Switzerland Visa Application Centre, New Delhi is unable to receive and process applications send by courier / post; the applications must be submitted and collected either in person or by an authorized representative or a Travel Agent.

Step : 2

Mandatory – Please Schedule an appointment at the visa application centre to submit your Short Stay Tourists, Business, Family/ Friend visit.

Step : 3

Please choose the right visa category for you and the requirements to make the visa application.

Step : 4

On arriving at the visa application centre, you will require to take a token at the entrance and be seated in the waiting area – you will next be called to our submission counter where your application and supporting documents will be scrutinized – your photograph and passport will be checked for validity – Finally, you will be issued a receipt for the fees and service charge paid as an acknowledgement. Please carry the originals and copies of all documents

 

Note : Applications accepted at Switzerland Visa Application Centre will be submitted the next working day at the Embassy. The time required to process Visa Applications is upto 7 to 10 working days however as per the Schengen Codex it can take upto 15 Working Days.
In case a Representative or Travel Agent is coming to collect the passports/documents he/she needs to carry a Photo Id of himself/herself, applicant’s passport photocopy and an authority letter from the applicant.

Please note if you have paid Visa Fees online by using Credit Card/ Debit card/Net banking, receiving your refund may take up to 15 working days.

Nine universities in Switzerland are featured in the QS World University Rankings 2018, all of which rank in the top 550.  ETH Zurich and EPFL, both within the global top 15, are joined by five more Swiss universities ranked among the world’s top 200. This is even more impressive when you consider that the population of the entire country is just 8.4 million (for comparison, that’s about the same as that of the US state of Virginia).

As well as having a strong presence in the international ranking tables, universities in Switzerland are also very international in terms of their student and academic communities. Four of the eight ranked Swiss universities make the world’s top 100 for their percentage of international students, and the country also performs well when comparing the percentage of international academic staff members to universities in other countries.

The following four universities in Switzerland are all ranked in the world’s top 100:

ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)

Switzerland’s highest-ranked university, ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) is currently placed 10th in the world and is the only non-UK European university to rank within the global top 10.  The university was founded in 1855, and is well established as a leader in scientific and technical fields, with connections to an impressive 21 Nobel laureates. Today, more than 19,000 students study at ETH Zurich, studying at two campuses – one in the center of Zurich, and one on the outskirts. In the QS World University Rankings by Subject, ETH Zurich is currently ranked fifth in the world for the engineering and technology broad subject area, and sixth for natural sciences. Teaching at undergraduate level is mainly in German, while most master’s courses are English-led.

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

The second of the two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology, the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) was established slightly earlier than ETH Zurich, in 1853, and follows close behind in the international rankings tables. It’s placed 12th in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2018, and in the QS World University Rankings by Subject comes 12th for engineering and technology and 11th for natural sciences. Since Lausanne is in a French-speaking part of Switzerland, most courses offered are in French, though there are also some programs in English. About half the size of ETH Zurich, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne currently teaches about 10,500 students.

University of Zurich

With around 25,500 students, the University of Zurich is the largest university in Switzerland, and lays claim to the country’s largest selection of study programs. Currently ranked joint 73rd in the world, it conducts teaching and research across a broader subject spectrum than the more specialized ETH Zurich and EPFL, with facilities spread throughout the city of Zurich. With public outreach at the heart of its mission, the University of Zurich runs an impressive selection of museums, public libraries, collections, events and educational programs, including a “Children’s University” and “Senior Citizens’ University”.

University of Geneva

Among both the largest and the oldest universities in Switzerland, the University of Geneva was established in 1559.  It stands at joint 98th in the QS World University Rankings 2018, and is located in Geneva, the second-largest Swiss city after Zurich. It offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs across a broad range of subjects. Teaching at bachelor’s level is mainly in French, while many master’s courses are led in English.

Also ranked among the world’s top universities are the University of Lausanne, University of Basel, University of Bern, University of St Gallen (HSG) and Université de Fribourg; the first three are all within the global top 200, while the University of St Gallen is 372nd and the Université de Fribourg is new in 2018 at 501-550.

1. University tuition fees in Switzerland

Tuition fees in public universities
Public Swiss universities receive significant funding which makes tuition fees seem affordable compared to tuition fees charged by universities from the UK or the U.S. Students who come to Switzerland on an exchange programme don’t pay any tuition fee.

Check out Master programmes in Switzerland
In both public and private universities, fees are the same for EU and non-EU students.

Average tuition fees:

Bachelor and Master programmes: 1,600 EUR per year
PhD degrees: 100 – 200 EUR per year.

Certain disciplines may have higher fees, such as medicine, where students can be charged up to around 16,000 EUR/year.
Universities from Fribourg, Lucerne, Neuchatel, St. Gallen, Zurich and Lugano charge extra tuition fees for foreign students.

Tuition fees in private universities
Private universities usually have higher tuition fees that range from 1,500 and 16,000 EUR per year.

PhDs are very popular in Switzerland not only due to the world’s famous and acknowledged research work made by the most prestigious institutions, but also because candidates that pursue a PhD in Switzerland are also considered employees, thus, they are paid for their work.

Most affordable Swiss universities
Check the list of Swiss universities with the most affordable tuition fees:

University of Geneva – average tuition fees 900 EUR/year
University of Bern – average tuition fees 1,500 EUR/year
University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW – average tuition fees 1,300 EUR/year
University of Lausanne – average tuition fees 1,500 EUR/year
Tuition fees at top-ranked Swiss universities

Here is a list of average tuition fees at the top-ranked Swiss universities:

ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich – average tuition fees 1,600 EUR/year
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne – average tuition fees 1,100 EUR/year
University of Basel – average tuition fees 1,600 EUR/year
University of Zurich – average tuition fees 1,400 EUR/year

2. Living costs in Switzerland
Living costs all over Switzerland are expensive, and managing your monthly expenses without making any compromise could be a tough challenge in Switzerland.

You should plan an average budget of around 1,000 and 1,400 EUR/month to pay for: housing, food, transportation, tuition, supplies and a few leisure activities. However, Geneve and Zurich are the most expensive cities that require a budget exceeding 1,500 EUR/month.

Here is how much you will spend, on average, in these Swiss cities:

Geneve – around 1,600-1,700 EUR/month
Zurich – between 1,200 and 1,700 EUR/month
Bern – around 1,100 EUR/month
Basel – between 900 and 950 EUR/month
Check this website to see detailed prices of living in Switzerland.

Accommodation options and costs
Out of the total monthly expenses of EU students, they usually pay around 33 % on accommodation, 7 % on transportation and around 8 % on tuition fees. Rates for accommodation in Switzerland are above the international range of 200 – 300 EUR/month, as the average for any housing option is around 450 – 500 EUR/month.

A percent of 8 % of the international students in Switzerland live in student halls of residence, the rest choose other housing options. Around 68 % of students are very satisfied with their accommodation in Switzerland; as the average rate of student satisfaction in Europe is 60 %, this could mean that accommodation options and facilities in Switzerland are very good.

The most common housing choices among international students in Switzerland:

Student halls of residence – between 360 and 800 EUR/month.
Rent/share an apartment – average price ranges between 650 and 800 EUR/month for a one-bedroom apartment.
Students that live alone pay about 700 EUR/month, while those who live with partner/child(ren) spend around 750 EUR/month.

Food costs in Switzerland
Most students choose to buy their food from the supermarkets and eat out only once in a while. Food bills from the supermarket would be around 180 – 200 EUR/month, but they could get higher, to about 280 – 300 EUR/month. Try making most of your shopping after 5 p.m., as many stores add 25–50 percent discounts on perishable items.

Inexpensive restaurants in Switzerland serve meals at prices that range from 12 to 22 EUR per person. Restaurants that serve international cuisine can have lower prices.

Try having a meal in the university dining hall where you would only pay 7 – 8 EUR or at the snack bars or restaurants located in department stores (like: Migros, Coop or Manor).

Transportation costs
Many students choose to get around Switzerland by foot, (around 11%), 10 % use the bicycle, and another 10 % use the public transport. A monthly pass on the public transportation is around 40 – 50 EUR.

In major Swiss cities like Zurich, Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne and Neuchâtel, any public transportation ticket is valid on trains, tramways, buses and even ships.

You also have the option to buy a Swiss travel pass (340 EUR for 15 days) and visit any city in Switzerland.

Extra costs for students
Monthly health insurance: between 300 and 330 EUR.
Books and supplies: 90 EUR/month.
With a student ID card, museum tickets should only cost around 6 – 7 EUR.
book costs switzerland.jpg

3. Scholarship options for students in Switzerland
In Switzerland, international students can get scholarships offered by the Swiss government, based on partnerships established with several countries. Most of these scholarships are granted to postgraduate candidates and researchers.

Other scholarships are offered by some of the Swiss universities; you can benefit from grants ranging from 9,200 EUR to 13,700 EUR, available only for one year, with the possibility of extension, provided you will be academically successful at the end of your first semester of studies.

a) Scholarships offered by IMD Business School

b) Scholarships offered by University of Geneva

Research and art scholarships offered by the Swiss government – awards are dedicated to young researchers from abroad who have completed a Master’s or PhD degree and to foreign artists with a completed Bachelor’s degree.
In some universities, you can apply for an interest-free loan of up to 11,000 EUR per year, which covers up to 40 % of fees and living costs. In Zurich, you can also opt for the solidarity fund for foreign students – available for Bachelor students who have completed their first semester. The amount of the fund can get up to 520 EUR/month, for up to ten semesters.

C visa – for short courses (summer schools, language schools) that last only for up to three months
D visa –for courses that last longer than three months

If you apply for a type D visa and plan to stay in Switzerland longer than three months, you will have to arrange to get your residence permit from the cantonal migration offices within 14 days after your arrival.

When and where to apply for the Swiss visa?

As soon as you get the acceptance letter from the Swiss school/university, you should schedule an appointment at the Swiss embassy or consulate in your area.

Schedule the appointment for a visa interview as early as 6 months prior to studying in Switzerland but no later than ten weeks before your departure.

Unless the application form and all required documents are in French, German or English, you will need a certified translation of all documents in one of these languages.

Processing time

Short stay visas: within 10-15 days

Long stay visas: eight to ten weeks

• Three forms of “Application for long stay visa (visa D)” filled and signed
• Four passport-size photographs
• Passport (valid three months beyond the planned stay)
• Letter of acceptance issued by a Swiss university
• Proof of payment of the registration and tuition fees –original and copy
• Proof of sufficient financial means for coverage of living costs in Switzerland for the duration of schooling (provide evidence of having 21,000 CHF or 19,200 EUR at the beginning of each year of your studies)
• Letter of institution in case all expenses for the study will be covered by scholarship or loan
• CV
• Letter of motivation
• Commitment to leave Switzerland on completion of studies

+ Why Study in Switzerland
  • Switzerland has a high quality system of education that is relatively accessible to foreign students.

  • The student population of some universities, for example, consists of over 40% foreign students, and this trend is on the upswing.

  • You will meet and associate with people from all over the world, giving you a very global outlook and politically neutral understanding of life.

  • A Swiss Education Today is An International Career Tomorrow

  • Bringing global opportunities to you.

  • Transform your ambitions into an exciting career.

  • Safe and modern with high living standards

  • Multicultural society with four official languages

+ VISA Process

Step : 1

All applications will be assessed by the Embassy of Switzerland at New Delhi only. Please note that Switzerland Visa Application Centre, New Delhi is unable to receive and process applications send by courier / post; the applications must be submitted and collected either in person or by an authorized representative or a Travel Agent.

Step : 2

Mandatory – Please Schedule an appointment at the visa application centre to submit your Short Stay Tourists, Business, Family/ Friend visit.

Step : 3

Please choose the right visa category for you and the requirements to make the visa application.

Step : 4

On arriving at the visa application centre, you will require to take a token at the entrance and be seated in the waiting area – you will next be called to our submission counter where your application and supporting documents will be scrutinized – your photograph and passport will be checked for validity – Finally, you will be issued a receipt for the fees and service charge paid as an acknowledgement. Please carry the originals and copies of all documents

 

Note : Applications accepted at Switzerland Visa Application Centre will be submitted the next working day at the Embassy. The time required to process Visa Applications is upto 7 to 10 working days however as per the Schengen Codex it can take upto 15 Working Days.
In case a Representative or Travel Agent is coming to collect the passports/documents he/she needs to carry a Photo Id of himself/herself, applicant’s passport photocopy and an authority letter from the applicant.

Please note if you have paid Visa Fees online by using Credit Card/ Debit card/Net banking, receiving your refund may take up to 15 working days.

+ Top Universities

Nine universities in Switzerland are featured in the QS World University Rankings 2018, all of which rank in the top 550.  ETH Zurich and EPFL, both within the global top 15, are joined by five more Swiss universities ranked among the world’s top 200. This is even more impressive when you consider that the population of the entire country is just 8.4 million (for comparison, that’s about the same as that of the US state of Virginia).

As well as having a strong presence in the international ranking tables, universities in Switzerland are also very international in terms of their student and academic communities. Four of the eight ranked Swiss universities make the world’s top 100 for their percentage of international students, and the country also performs well when comparing the percentage of international academic staff members to universities in other countries.

The following four universities in Switzerland are all ranked in the world’s top 100:

ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)

Switzerland’s highest-ranked university, ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) is currently placed 10th in the world and is the only non-UK European university to rank within the global top 10.  The university was founded in 1855, and is well established as a leader in scientific and technical fields, with connections to an impressive 21 Nobel laureates. Today, more than 19,000 students study at ETH Zurich, studying at two campuses – one in the center of Zurich, and one on the outskirts. In the QS World University Rankings by Subject, ETH Zurich is currently ranked fifth in the world for the engineering and technology broad subject area, and sixth for natural sciences. Teaching at undergraduate level is mainly in German, while most master’s courses are English-led.

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

The second of the two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology, the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) was established slightly earlier than ETH Zurich, in 1853, and follows close behind in the international rankings tables. It’s placed 12th in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2018, and in the QS World University Rankings by Subject comes 12th for engineering and technology and 11th for natural sciences. Since Lausanne is in a French-speaking part of Switzerland, most courses offered are in French, though there are also some programs in English. About half the size of ETH Zurich, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne currently teaches about 10,500 students.

University of Zurich

With around 25,500 students, the University of Zurich is the largest university in Switzerland, and lays claim to the country’s largest selection of study programs. Currently ranked joint 73rd in the world, it conducts teaching and research across a broader subject spectrum than the more specialized ETH Zurich and EPFL, with facilities spread throughout the city of Zurich. With public outreach at the heart of its mission, the University of Zurich runs an impressive selection of museums, public libraries, collections, events and educational programs, including a “Children’s University” and “Senior Citizens’ University”.

University of Geneva

Among both the largest and the oldest universities in Switzerland, the University of Geneva was established in 1559.  It stands at joint 98th in the QS World University Rankings 2018, and is located in Geneva, the second-largest Swiss city after Zurich. It offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs across a broad range of subjects. Teaching at bachelor’s level is mainly in French, while many master’s courses are led in English.

Also ranked among the world’s top universities are the University of Lausanne, University of Basel, University of Bern, University of St Gallen (HSG) and Université de Fribourg; the first three are all within the global top 200, while the University of St Gallen is 372nd and the Université de Fribourg is new in 2018 at 501-550.

+ Cost

1. University tuition fees in Switzerland

Tuition fees in public universities
Public Swiss universities receive significant funding which makes tuition fees seem affordable compared to tuition fees charged by universities from the UK or the U.S. Students who come to Switzerland on an exchange programme don’t pay any tuition fee.

Check out Master programmes in Switzerland
In both public and private universities, fees are the same for EU and non-EU students.

Average tuition fees:

Bachelor and Master programmes: 1,600 EUR per year
PhD degrees: 100 – 200 EUR per year.

Certain disciplines may have higher fees, such as medicine, where students can be charged up to around 16,000 EUR/year.
Universities from Fribourg, Lucerne, Neuchatel, St. Gallen, Zurich and Lugano charge extra tuition fees for foreign students.

Tuition fees in private universities
Private universities usually have higher tuition fees that range from 1,500 and 16,000 EUR per year.

PhDs are very popular in Switzerland not only due to the world’s famous and acknowledged research work made by the most prestigious institutions, but also because candidates that pursue a PhD in Switzerland are also considered employees, thus, they are paid for their work.

Most affordable Swiss universities
Check the list of Swiss universities with the most affordable tuition fees:

University of Geneva – average tuition fees 900 EUR/year
University of Bern – average tuition fees 1,500 EUR/year
University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW – average tuition fees 1,300 EUR/year
University of Lausanne – average tuition fees 1,500 EUR/year
Tuition fees at top-ranked Swiss universities

Here is a list of average tuition fees at the top-ranked Swiss universities:

ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich – average tuition fees 1,600 EUR/year
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne – average tuition fees 1,100 EUR/year
University of Basel – average tuition fees 1,600 EUR/year
University of Zurich – average tuition fees 1,400 EUR/year

2. Living costs in Switzerland
Living costs all over Switzerland are expensive, and managing your monthly expenses without making any compromise could be a tough challenge in Switzerland.

You should plan an average budget of around 1,000 and 1,400 EUR/month to pay for: housing, food, transportation, tuition, supplies and a few leisure activities. However, Geneve and Zurich are the most expensive cities that require a budget exceeding 1,500 EUR/month.

Here is how much you will spend, on average, in these Swiss cities:

Geneve – around 1,600-1,700 EUR/month
Zurich – between 1,200 and 1,700 EUR/month
Bern – around 1,100 EUR/month
Basel – between 900 and 950 EUR/month
Check this website to see detailed prices of living in Switzerland.

Accommodation options and costs
Out of the total monthly expenses of EU students, they usually pay around 33 % on accommodation, 7 % on transportation and around 8 % on tuition fees. Rates for accommodation in Switzerland are above the international range of 200 – 300 EUR/month, as the average for any housing option is around 450 – 500 EUR/month.

A percent of 8 % of the international students in Switzerland live in student halls of residence, the rest choose other housing options. Around 68 % of students are very satisfied with their accommodation in Switzerland; as the average rate of student satisfaction in Europe is 60 %, this could mean that accommodation options and facilities in Switzerland are very good.

The most common housing choices among international students in Switzerland:

Student halls of residence – between 360 and 800 EUR/month.
Rent/share an apartment – average price ranges between 650 and 800 EUR/month for a one-bedroom apartment.
Students that live alone pay about 700 EUR/month, while those who live with partner/child(ren) spend around 750 EUR/month.

Food costs in Switzerland
Most students choose to buy their food from the supermarkets and eat out only once in a while. Food bills from the supermarket would be around 180 – 200 EUR/month, but they could get higher, to about 280 – 300 EUR/month. Try making most of your shopping after 5 p.m., as many stores add 25–50 percent discounts on perishable items.

Inexpensive restaurants in Switzerland serve meals at prices that range from 12 to 22 EUR per person. Restaurants that serve international cuisine can have lower prices.

Try having a meal in the university dining hall where you would only pay 7 – 8 EUR or at the snack bars or restaurants located in department stores (like: Migros, Coop or Manor).

Transportation costs
Many students choose to get around Switzerland by foot, (around 11%), 10 % use the bicycle, and another 10 % use the public transport. A monthly pass on the public transportation is around 40 – 50 EUR.

In major Swiss cities like Zurich, Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne and Neuchâtel, any public transportation ticket is valid on trains, tramways, buses and even ships.

You also have the option to buy a Swiss travel pass (340 EUR for 15 days) and visit any city in Switzerland.

Extra costs for students
Monthly health insurance: between 300 and 330 EUR.
Books and supplies: 90 EUR/month.
With a student ID card, museum tickets should only cost around 6 – 7 EUR.
book costs switzerland.jpg

3. Scholarship options for students in Switzerland
In Switzerland, international students can get scholarships offered by the Swiss government, based on partnerships established with several countries. Most of these scholarships are granted to postgraduate candidates and researchers.

Other scholarships are offered by some of the Swiss universities; you can benefit from grants ranging from 9,200 EUR to 13,700 EUR, available only for one year, with the possibility of extension, provided you will be academically successful at the end of your first semester of studies.

a) Scholarships offered by IMD Business School

b) Scholarships offered by University of Geneva

Research and art scholarships offered by the Swiss government – awards are dedicated to young researchers from abroad who have completed a Master’s or PhD degree and to foreign artists with a completed Bachelor’s degree.
In some universities, you can apply for an interest-free loan of up to 11,000 EUR per year, which covers up to 40 % of fees and living costs. In Zurich, you can also opt for the solidarity fund for foreign students – available for Bachelor students who have completed their first semester. The amount of the fund can get up to 520 EUR/month, for up to ten semesters.

+ About VISA

C visa – for short courses (summer schools, language schools) that last only for up to three months
D visa –for courses that last longer than three months

If you apply for a type D visa and plan to stay in Switzerland longer than three months, you will have to arrange to get your residence permit from the cantonal migration offices within 14 days after your arrival.

When and where to apply for the Swiss visa?

As soon as you get the acceptance letter from the Swiss school/university, you should schedule an appointment at the Swiss embassy or consulate in your area.

Schedule the appointment for a visa interview as early as 6 months prior to studying in Switzerland but no later than ten weeks before your departure.

Unless the application form and all required documents are in French, German or English, you will need a certified translation of all documents in one of these languages.

Processing time

Short stay visas: within 10-15 days

Long stay visas: eight to ten weeks

+ Documents Required

• Three forms of “Application for long stay visa (visa D)” filled and signed
• Four passport-size photographs
• Passport (valid three months beyond the planned stay)
• Letter of acceptance issued by a Swiss university
• Proof of payment of the registration and tuition fees –original and copy
• Proof of sufficient financial means for coverage of living costs in Switzerland for the duration of schooling (provide evidence of having 21,000 CHF or 19,200 EUR at the beginning of each year of your studies)
• Letter of institution in case all expenses for the study will be covered by scholarship or loan
• CV
• Letter of motivation
• Commitment to leave Switzerland on completion of studies