Study in Switzerland

Switzerland has twelve public universities offering a wide range of first-rate educational opportunities to national and international students. ETH Zurich and EPFL, the two federal institutes of technology, are world leaders in science and engineering education, and research.

Switzerland is an excellent place for living, studying, and working. It is located in the heart of Europe and its cultural variety, beautiful landscape, and innovative environment offer first-class surroundings both for your well-being and career advancement. Certainly, chocolate and mountains will be part of your experience, but you will quickly discover the country’s international setting offers numerous premium opportunities for studying and researching.


  • High-quality education
  • World-leading research environment
  • Low tuition fees (the universities are mainly publicly funded)
  • Wide spectrum of study programs
  • Many study programs in English
  • Low student/faculty ratio and small working groups
  • Excellent facilities


Switzerland has universities providing general education and universities of applied sciences. Higher vocational training is provided by higher technical schools and technical schools, leading to vocational certificates and higher vocational diplomas.

University-level education follows the bachelor-master system. Like other countries, Switzerland wants to make it easier to move between universities, and in 1999 signed the so-called Bologna declaration. Reforms aimed at standardizing the structure of studies and of degrees should have been completed by 2010.


Switzerland Colleges accept either IELTS or TOEFL scores as a proof of English Proficiency. Diploma programs require an IELTS Overall band score of 5.0 Post Graduate Diploma programs require 5.5 bands Bachelors & Masters Programs require an Overall band score of 6.0

Duration of Bachelor's and Master's

It takes three years to earn a bachelor’s degree and another one or two years to earn a master’s degree.


In Switzerland as well as in other countries in Europe, the academic year is divided into two semesters
Fall semester: runs from September through December
Spring semester: runs from February through June

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Prerequisites at a Glance

For access to Swiss universities, a valid Swiss maturity certificate or an equivalent foreign upper secondary school-leaving certificate qualifying for university entrance is required. Each of the universities makes its own decisions as to what certificates and qualifications it recognizes.

The prerequisite for access to a Master’s programme is a successfully completed Bachelor’s level programme. Graduates of Bachelor’s programmes have access to certain Master’s programmes, as listed in the database available at uni-programme.

The universities require good knowledge of the language of instruction

  • At the Master’s level especially, the universities are offering an increasing number of study programmes in English.
  • For students who do not hold fully recognized certificates qualifying for university entrance, the admission requirements also include a university entrance examination