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Studying in Switzerland

Swiss universities are highly ranked in the world and their diplomas are widely recognized. Public education in Switzerland is divided into three main categories; cantonal, Federal Institutes of Technology, and Universities of Applied Sciences.

Each university will normally use the same medium of instruction for all their courses. For example, all courses in universities of Bale, Berns, Lucerne, St. Gall and Zurich are conducted in German. The language of instruction at Geneva, Lausanne, Neuchâtel and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne is French. Many universities also hold lectures in English, in particular at the Master’s level.  

To be accepted to a Swiss university you must be eighteen years old and fluent in the language that is used as the medium of instruction at the university you plan to attend. While each university sets its own admission criteria, you need to hold the equivalent of upper secondary school certification. Students who do not have recognized certifications will have to take the central university entrance examination.

Short term trainings include courses in International Relations and Diplomacy. The one semester course provides participants with first-hand experience in diplomacy and spotlight how diplomats would tackle issues. All located in the city that represents over 100 nationalities. The medium of instruction for the course is English.

Swiss universities also offer a wide range of summer programs lasting three to four weeks. These courses are designed to cater to the needs of international students. The programs are conducted in English and combine classroom studies with visits to various locations, enhancing cultural experiences.


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