Swiss Higher Education FAQs
Q 1. How is higher education in Switzerland organized?
Higher education in Switzerland is carried out in 10 Universities, 2 Federal Institutes of Technology, and 7 Universities of Applied Sciences (see also www.swissuniversity.ch). Basically, Universities and Federal Institutes of Technology are the only one who can confer doctoral degrees, and their programmes combine teaching and research. Swiss Universities and Federal Institutes of Technology have excellent international reputation, and at least five of them have been ranked among the best 50 universities in the world. Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) are practice oriented, and propose programmes so diverse as engineering, business administration, or arts
Q 2. What are the common entry requirements?
For accessing Swiss universities undergraduate programmes, a valid Swiss maturity certificate or an equivalent foreign upper secondary school-leaving certificate qualifying for university entrance is required. The prerequisite for access to a Master’s programme is a successfully completed Bachelor’s level programme. For foreign degrees outside the Bologna system (degrees awarded in India fall under this cathegory), each of the universities makes its own decisions on equivalence of degrees
Q 3. What is the most popular course?
The most popular courses are in the fields of natural sciences and engineering, as far as Indian students are concerned for e.g. Computer Sciences, Material and Electrical Engineering, IT, Life Sciences, Biotechnology etc. Hotel Management courses, language courses and MBA are also high in demand
Q 4. What are the scholarships available for the interested people?
The Swiss government has set up an international scholarship programme, called “ESKAS”. For more information, please refer to the following link:
ESKAS official website
Q 5. What could be the living expenses per annum in Switzerland?
Living expenses are estimated between CHF 19,000 (InR 760,000) – and 29,000 (InR 1,160,000) – per year (depending on the location of the university and personal demands)
Q 6. What is the normal time taken for student visa approval?
This depends upon the type of visa required. Please visit the website of the Swiss Embassy for more information on visa issues