SWITZERLAND

Switzerland is not only the land of exotic cheese, chocolate, watches and knives, but also home to some superior education institutes that are known to upgrade lifestyles in ways no other places can. Their education system is testified by the number of Swiss men and women who have won Nobel prizes through the centuries. Education here is particularly upscale for the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Hospitality, International Business, Leadership and International Business. Other popular courses include science, law, philosophy, theology, medicine.

Depending on the type of university you enrol into, the requirements you will need to fulfill are different. Getting into a regular university can be harder than getting into a university of applied science. You will also need the Swiss “Matura”, which is a higher education entrance qualification. Some universities will require you to attempt additional entrance tests to get an admit. Switzerland offers over 3000 degree programs, of which 700 are in English. Except for medicine, which requires special eligibility criteria, you can study any course of your choice in English without limitations. In addition to a bachelor’s degree, you might also be required to submit a CV and a Motivation Letter as part of the application process.

Switzerland is one of the most powerful economies in the world despite its extremely low population. This means that studying in Switzerland exposes you to understanding and maybe even eventually working for an economy that is a major player in the global market. A stable economy means a brighter future. The culture too, owing to large volumes of tourists arriving and leaving the country regularly, is a very friendly one. Switzerland is also ranked as one of the safest countries in the world.

Switzerland is home to some globally reputed universities that will put you on the map as a trained professional with an advanced degree. Most popular Universities include ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, University of Zurich, University of Basel, University of Bern, University of Geneva, University of Lausanne, Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), University of Fribourg and the University of Neuchâtel. Most popular courses would include Business, Tourism and Hospitality, Culinary Arts, and Engineering.

Job demands in Switzerland are pretty straight forward and the scope is strictly merit-based. International students are offered abundant opportunities in the field of engineering, IT, hospitality, financial services and pharmaceuticals. Most popular professions are Doctors, nurses, medical assistants, and pharmacists, Auditors and tax advisors, Legal, Engineers IT/software engineer, Skilled technicians and Teachers.

In terms of immigration policies, no visa is required for a stay shorter than three months. You will need to apply for a visa to enter Switzerland for a full-time course. You can apply at the local Swiss embassy or consulate. After arriving in Switzerland, you will also need to apply for a residence permit. You can apply for two types of visas: The short-term visa (up to 90 days, Schengen visa): if you plan to study a short-course or a language programme. You can submit a short-term visa application online. The long-term visa (over 90 days, National visa): if you plan to study a full-time degree. You can submit a long-term visa application only in-person, at a local Swiss embassy or consulate in your country. The residence permit is valid for the entire duration of your studies or for one year. You can renew the permit until you finish the academic studies. Remember to apply for the renewal at least 2 weeks before the expiry date!