A Guide for Students Planning to Study in Switzerland
One of the most famous and exceling European country, Switzerland is a land of great diversity. This can be better understood through the fact that this country has not one nor two but three official languages, namely, German, Italian and French. Apart from these three linguistic areas, bearers of which have already developed their culture, economy and cuisine in Switzerland, this country has widely attracted folks from other foreign countries. These foreigners have brought with them their own culture and languages.
This impressive contrast of language and culture makes Switzerland a land to explore not only culturally but educationally as well. For those who have walked this path, studying in Switzerland had been an exciting and fulfilling experience.
So, what’s it like to study in Switzerland?
Mesmerizing and empowering. Mesmerizing, for the natural beauty of Switzerland is nothing short of breathtaking. And empowering, for all that knowledge gained while pursuing your master or bachelor in Switzerland is powerful enough to land you your dream job.
Lifestyle of Switzerland is exemplary as well, though it may vary depending on the area of the country as well as the background of natives. There are many cosmopolitan cities in Switzerland like Zurich, Geneva and Basel. Complementing these cities are small towns like Lugano and Lucerne. Switzerland is also home to various traditions especially in the mountain and rural areas.
If we talk about the cuisine, Switzerland has a lot on the platter. Its diverse combination of European cultures brings a fancy fusion of German, French and Italian cuisine. That doesn’t mean Swiss doesn’t have its own version of it. In fact, there are many very Swiss dishes that you must try including fondue, made with either cheese or chocolate; cooked apples and more.
Now comes the question, where would you live?
Accommodation is a crucial factor when considering master or bachelor in Switzerland. There are a range of housing options available at your disposal. You have university residences as well as private rental options. These arrangements, of course, vary with the university.
You can also consider renting an apartment or a house or a room in student’s residences. If you are looking for a pocket-friendly accommodation, you should consider getting in touch with the student housing associations for they would be able to provide you with a range of rooms and flats to suit your budget. For these prices generally range between CHF300 and CHF800, and are subject to market fluctuations of course. In case you are considering private accommodation, expect the price to range between CHF1,200 and CHF3,000.
Universities often provide informational aid to international students in the form of resources provided on their website which includes practical guides to finding accommodation and living in the immediate vicinity.
That’s almost all about accommodation.
Now, chances are, you must be wondering about living costs.
Home to the Swiss bank, and being one of the wealthiest and most developed nations, it is easily deducible, Switzerland would not be a cheap place to live in. While Zurich and Geneva are mostly expensive cities to live in, other cities may seem rather affordable. If we talk about food, it is more expensive than the average when compared to other places in Europe.
As a rule of thumb, or a general rule of thumb, you should be able to manage well in this country at a monthly budget of CHF1,100. That is, of course, excluding rent, and including food, daily transportation, small daily expenses, educational material and health insurance.
Let us now discuss about the option of working while studying.
While EU/EEA nationals can work for up to fifteen hours a week during their term time, and full-time during university breaks, nationals of countries outside EU/EFTA region become eligible for working after six months of studying in Switzerland. However, your employer, if you fell in the latter category, will have to request immigration authorities to carry out a employment check, and after it is successful, issue a work permit.
That’s all for this blog and we hope information relayed herein would have given you a fair idea of what to expect while planning to pursue your master or bachelor in Switzerland.