Are you an international student searching for a study abroad country with a high standard of education and endless work opportunities? If yes is the answer, then you should start researching for your preferred university and program in Switzerland. Although major undergraduate and postgraduate programs are taught in Switzerland’s official languages, German, French or Italian, you can also study in Switzerland in English, as there are an increasing number of master’s and PhD programs addressed to international students
How to apply
Whether you plan to study a bachelor’s , master’s or PhD program in Switzerland, you will be required to submit your completed application to the university or college of your interest. The institution will examine your submitted documents and confirm whether you are qualified for the study program or course you applied for and will issue a proof of registration in the event you are finally admitted.
Generally, universities and colleges in Switzerland will require international students to submit their completed documents as described below in order to determine their academic eligibility:
- A filled-in online application form for the selected study program or course of your choice. Most universities in Switzerland have online application systems which eases the pain of applying to universities
- A recent passport-sized photo
- A notarized/legalized copy of your international educational certificates. If you are applying for an undergraduate program, you will be required to submit a notarized copy of your school-leaving certificates. If you are applying for a second-cycle program (master’s), you will have to submit a notarized copy of your bachelor’s degree. And if you are applying for a PhD degree, you will have to submit a notarized copy of your master’s diploma
Swiss universities or colleges are individually responsible for evaluating your admission qualifications to determine your suitability for the undergraduate program. However, if you have successfully undertaken and completed secondary studies, and you are in possession of a valid school leaving certificate and qualify for higher education studies in your home country, you usually qualify for higher education studies in Switzerland. In some cases, you are also required to take additional qualifying courses.
If you are applying for a master’s program at university in Switzerland, you are required to be in possession of a relevant bachelor’s or equivalent degree diploma.
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
Although application deadlines for studies in Switzerland vary depending on the study program and the university or college, students are usually required to submit their applications in the Spring semester for studies beginning the following academic year.