Studying business in Switzerland: What to expect?
In Switzerland you are at the right place for a good education. The country puts a lot of money into education, research and innovation, and the quality of business schools is world class. You have a lot of options in Switzerland for both an MBO and an HBO or WO study program.
Switzerland is best known for its innovative research in the biotechnology and genetics sectors. Students from these directions have many study and future opportunities in Switzerland. But the Swiss are also progressive in terms of finance and business and enjoy great prestige worldwide.
What to expect from Swiss higher education?
It has a bachelor-master structure. In addition, students still follow the traditional Diploma and License courses at the business schools in Switzerland.
Source: EU Business School
There are ten universities in Switzerland, two federal technical universities, nine specialized colleges and 15 pedagogical colleges. There are also several private institutions for, among other things, public administration and development studies.
The official languages in Switzerland are German, French, Italian and Retro Romance. The teaching languages depend on the region in which the institutions are located.
Swiss higher education institutions have a lot of freedom to compile their own programs. The courses in the German-speaking areas differ in duration and content from those in the French-speaking areas. The admission procedures differ per institution.
German is spoken at the universities of Basel, Bern, Lucerne, St Gallen and Zurich. At the universities in Geneva, Lausanne and Neuchâtel the official language is French, and in Lugano Italian. The University of Freiburg (or Friborg) is the only bilingual (German and French). The federal technical universities are in Zurich (German-speaking) and Lausanne (French-speaking).
How to apply for a business school?
You can register directly at the educational institution of your choice. Admission requirements may vary per institution, so inform in advance what is required of you. You may have to take a (central) entrance exam. Most institutions ask for a copy of your diploma, a language certificate and recent passport photos.
Officially, higher education in Switzerland has no numerus fixes. However, the institutions may limit admission in the event of a shortage of places for certain courses. Hardly any foreign students are admitted for dentistry, veterinary medicine, medicine, pharmacy, physics, biology and psychology.
The cost of studying abroad
In many cases you can receive student finance during your studies abroad. You must remain enrolled as a full-time student at a university or college in your home country. Your study must also be part of your education. You face higher costs, but there are opportunities to finance your study adventure with scholarships.
Combine studies with travel
You will of course not only come to Switzerland for your studies, but also for the ski slopes and sights. Every year millions of people head for the Alps to enjoy a skiing holiday. In addition, Switzerland has some typical sights such as the Old Town of Bern, the Abbey of St. Gallen and various lakes to spend a sunny summer afternoon.
More than 20% of the students in Switzerland come from abroad, partly due to the high quality of education.