Universities in Switzerland

Universities In Switzerland

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universities in SwitzerlandHave you been looking for a good country to pursue your studies abroad? You can make up your mind now to study in Switzerland. Universities in Switzerland are world class and the environment is also conducive for learning. That’s why thousands of students go there for studies every year. There are so many benefits associated with studying in Switzerland and one of it is that the tuition fees charged by the universities there is quite low and affordable.

In today’s article, we are going to consider some top universities in Switzerland, we will talk about their ranking, tuition fees, acceptance rate etc, just the way we do for other countries. It’s going to be a bit lengthy, about 2000 words. The reason we make our articles lengthy is so it will contain all the information you need. We don’t want you to leave our site after reading a couple of paragraphs…lol.

So, we are going to start with University of Basel…

  1. University Of Basel

University of Basel which was founded in 1460 is the oldest university in Switzerland. The university offers a broad range of courses and this attracts students from all over the world to the school. University of Basel offers programs in the fields of Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, ICT etc.

University of Basel ranking

University of Basel is one of the top ranked universities in the world. According to QS world University Ranking, the University of Basel is ranked #149 in the world and #25 by subject ranking.

University of Basel Tuition fees

Tuition fees charged in University of Basel is one of the lowest in Europe. So if you cannot afford to study in places like the UK, US, Australia, you can consider studying in University of Basel. The tuition fees charged ranges from 350 CHF to 850CHF per semester. I know you will be wondering what is CHF, well it’s the currency used in Switzerland. As at the time this article was written, 1 CHF equals 0.93 Euro. So this means that the tuition fees charged in University of Basel ranges from 323 Euros to 786 Euros per semester. Students that decide to take a leave of absence are charged 150 CHF(138 Euros) per semester.

University of Basel acceptance rate

Before you apply for admission into any university, it is important that you consider the acceptance rate of the school. If the school has a very low acceptance rate, it means getting admission into such university will be difficult. For University of Basel, the average acceptance rate is 46%. This means that 5 out of 10 people that apply for admission usually get it. This is a good acceptance rate!

  1. University of Geneva

The university of Geneva which was founded by Jean Calvin, is dedicated to research, thinking,  and dialogue. It has about 16,500 students from over 150 countries of the world and it’s the second largest university in Switzerland.

University of Geneva ranking

Almost all universities in Switzerland  have very good ranking, that’s why many students in over 150 countries of the world choose to study in the country. University of Geneva is not left out here. The university equally ranks among the top universities in the world.  According to the 2021 QS world university ranking, University of Geneva is ranked #106 in the world, #38 in Europe. The Times Higher Education university ranking ranks University of Geneva #149 in the world and #63 in Europe. So you can see from these latest rankings that University of Geneva has very good ranking.

University of Geneva tuition fees

The tuition fees charged by university of Geneva is quite low and affordable compared to most universities in Europe. The average tuition fees for students from EU/EEA is 1000 CHF(924 Euros). Students from other countries also pay around 1000 CHF per year.

University of Geneva acceptance rate

The acceptance rate in University of Geneva is not high at all, meaning that you need to back up your admission application with a lot of relevant documents for you to be considered for admission. The acceptance rate for the university is 20.8%. What this means is that out of 10 people that apply for admission, about 2 are accepted into the university. So before applying to study in University of Geneva, ensure that you have very good grades, back up your application with all relevant documents you know will boost your admission application.

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University of Lausanne

The University of Lausanne is another good university in Switzerland. It’s a public university particularly focused on teaching and research.  The university has about seven faculties and 15,600 students. The research, teaching and technical staff is about 3,900. The university’s research activities focus mainly on three themes: Environmental sciences, life sciences and medicine, human and social sciences.

University of Lausanne ranking

The University of Lausanne is one of the top ranked universities in Switzerland. According to 2021 QS world University ranking, the university is ranked #169 in the world and #45 by subject ranking.

University of Lausanne tuition fees

University of Lausanne is equally an affordable university in Switzerland. The tuition fees for both bachelor’s and master’s degree programs ranges from 1000 Euro to 1500 Euro per year. Please contact the university to get a program specific tuition fees.

List of other universities in Switzerland

  1. Franklin College Switzerland
  2. Graduate Institute of International Studies
  3. Graduate School of Business Administration Zurich (GSBA Zurich)
  4. Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Zürich
  5. Ingenieurschule HTL Chu
  6. Interstaatliche Ingenieurschule Neu-Technikum Buchs (NTB)
  7. Interstate Institute of Technology St. Gallen
  8. NTB Interstate University of Applied Sciences of Technology
  9. Rapperswil School of Engineering
  10. Robert Kennedy University
  11. SBS Swiss Business School
  12. School of Engineering Cantone Ticino
  13. School of Engineering of Bern HTL
  14. School of Engineering of Brugg-Windisch HTL
  15. School of Engineering of Burgdorf HTL
  16. Stained Glass Craft and Fine Arts College
  17. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne
  18. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich
  19. Swiss Management Center
  20. Swiss Management Center
  21. Technikum Winterthur Ingenieurschule
  22. University of Applied Sciences Solothurn Northwestern Switzerland
  23. University of Basel
  24. University of Berne
  25. University of Fribourg
  26. University of Geneva
  27. University of Lausanne
  28. University of Lucerne
  29. University of Neuchatel
  30. University of St. Gallen
  31. University of Switzerland


Cost of living in Switzerland

It’s important that you know the cost of living in the country you intend to pursue your studies. Cost of living varies from one country to another. In Switzerland cost of living is one of the highest in Europe. As a student expect to spend between 1300 Euros to 1800 Euros per month. This will cover the cost of accommodation, feeding, buying of books, transportation, recreation etc. Please note that this amount is just an estimate, the actual amount depends on the spending habit of the student.

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Work and studying in Switzerland

Anybody that is planning to study abroad needs a country where he/she can work while studying. In Switzerland, students are allowed to work part time to support their studies. International or foreign students are usually allowed to work for about 15 hours during the semester and then full time when they are on holidays. Please note that in Switzerland, international students are only allowed to work  6 months after starting their studies.

How to apply for admission

Applying for admission to study in Switzerland is not a difficult process. Just the way it is in most countries, all you need do is go to your university website, check through the programs and requirements. The moment you have found the program of your choice, look for an application link, follow the process and complete your application. Gather all your supporting documents and make sure it gets to the school before the deadline for the application.

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Admission times and deadlines

If you are planning to apply for admission into any university, you need to familiarize yourself with the admission times and deadlines. Universities in Switzerland have two semesters in one academic year. The fall semester starts from September and runs through December while the Spring Semesters starts from February and run through June. The application deadline depends on the program and faculty, but in most cases, it’s advisable that you send in your application atleast 2 to 3 months to the start of the semester or earlier than that. This is to avoid sending your application late, remember no faculty will process any application they receive after the deadline.

Now let’s try and answer some of the frequently asked questions about studying in Switzerland.

How much does it cost to study in Switzerland?

The tuition fee charged by universities in Switzerland is very low and usually range from 1000 to 1500 euros. However, the total amount you will need to finish a degree program in Switzerland can range from 15,000 Euros to 20,000 Euros for the entire program.

Is it free to study in Switzerland?

No, Universities in Switzerland all charge tuition fees, though the tuition fees charged in the public universities are very low and affordable.

What are the requirements to pursue studies in Switzerland?

If you are applying for a bachelor’s degree program, you must posses either a state-recognized Swiss maturity certificate or it’s equivalent. For international students, high school certificate or it’s equivalent is enough for admission into a Swiss university. For master’s program, a good bachelor’s degree in a related field is usually needed for admission.

Can I get a resident permit in Switzerland after my study?

Once you are done with your studies, you will be allowed to get a resident permit which will allow you stay for extra 6 months in the country. This is done so students can use this time and look for full time permanent jobs.

Can I study in English language in Switzerland?

Yes, you can study in English language, though the country has up to four official languages: French, Italian, Romansh and German(predominant). Many universities offer study programs in English language.

How can I get job in Switzerland?

If you are looking for a job in Switzerland, ensure that you have you CV, cover letter and educational certificates. Write an application in the language of the job advert or offer. For instance, if it’s advertised in German language, your application should also be in German language, unless you are told to do otherwise.


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