The gruelling question on many students’ minds after they finish high school is “What’s next?” Sooner or later they have to confront this challenge and choose from an array of career choices including business, medicine, art, computer sciences, engineering or trades.
Switzerland is one of a few European countries that provide a vast field of higher education, thanks to its institutes renowned for their quality and professional training. In this blog we take a closer look at continuing higher education in Switzerland and answer a few questions on every student’s mind.
How To Apply For University
As a student you can apply to any university you wish to study in directly, the entrance requirements for faculties are the same throughout the country. If you choose to study medicine you are required to take an entrance exam. This is because the number of students applying for medicine, dentistry and veterinary courses is very limited and differs from one year to the other.
Which University Should You Choose?
Swiss universities are renowned for their high standard they also have a strong presence in the international rankings globally. According to recent surveys Swiss universities are preforming highly when being compared with other universities in Europe. The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ranks as the 8th best university in the world. With more than 18,600 students the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology has a variety of courses in science, engineering, technology and mathematics.
Ranked as the 14th best university in the world the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne offers a variety of courses in French and English, the university specializes in physical sciences and engineering. The university has around 9,900 students enrolled in various academic courses.
The University of Zurich is probably the largest in Switzerland, currently ranked 80th in the world it has over 26,000 students and teaches a variety of courses on medicine, law, philosophy, mathematics, theology and sciences. The University of Zurich has the broadest range of subjects and courses than any other Swiss university.
Last but not least the University of Geneva is Switzerland’s oldest and ranks 95th on the global scale. The university offers a wide range of courses both in undergraduate and postgraduate programs and has nine distinct faculties offering a wide range of educational courses in both French and English.
Information On Student Visas
Students wishing to study in Switzerland have to apply for a university prior to obtaining their visa. Once you have the confirmation that you have been accepted you can then proceed with the paper work for your visa. You cannot come on a three months tourist visa and then convert it to a student visa after you have arrived.
Upon completion of your course you can obtain a permit allowing you to stay for six months to look for a job, to do so you will need to contact the cantonal migration offices and provide certified documents including full proof that you have completed your course, along with other evidence that you can support yourself financially during this period.