Selecting the Right Study Program in Switzerland

Settling on the current path of study, institute and place requires lots of time. So start searching about the course and institutions early. Right timing, advice and right decisions are must in order to get in the course and institute of your choice. Abide by the following phases:

Researching and Deciding Phase

Determine what you need and want. Review the profiles of the institutions and the related courses that interest you and get rid of those that do not fit the criteria that are significant to you. From this list, narrow these institutions down to about 10-15 institutes that you will contact for more detailed information. Once you have obtained the information from these institutes, you will need to go over the information received, and request additional information if necessary before you compile your final list.

Applying Phase

The most important thing before you apply to any University is filling up the application. It is essential to work out the process step by step, so you don’t miss out on important facets. Check with the institute for the documents needed. For some courses and institutes you may have to sit for an interview so prepare well.

Apply to the accredited institute. Check whether the college meets a minimal set of standards or not. Visit their respective websites and know more about the accreditation.

Admission Requirements at Different Levels of Studies

Admission to a Bachelor's Studies

The basic admission requirement for Bachelor’s study is a Swiss secondary high-school-leaving certificate, i.e. Matura, or a foreign secondary high-school-leaving certificate considered equivalent. Students that do not possess a fully recognized certificate are required to take a university entrance exam.

Admission to a Master's Studies

The prerequisite for admittance to a Master's studies is a successfully completed Bachelor's course of study. Each university has its own conditions or special requirements.

Admission to a Doctoral/PhD Studies

Applicants must have a Master's degree or equivalent from a recognised or accredited university for gaining entry into a doctoral course. The terms and conditions vary among universities. Therefore, applicants should check the respective university website for admission details.  

Language Requirements

All Swiss universities call for the language of instruction proficiency, i.e. French, German, English or Italian proficiency depending on which area you move to.
  • German Language Requirements: If the course of study is completely in German language, then proof of proficiency in German Language is needed. TestDaF (Test of German as a Foreign Language) or DSH (Deutsche Sprachprufung fur den Hochschulzugang) scores are required for admittance. See Standardized Tests

Financial Aid Phase

The Swiss grants and fellowships are given to International and local students. So, research and apply for the same on time.

Visa Applying Phase

After successful enrolment at the University of choice, apply for visa and compile all the required documents like evidence of sufficient funds-bank statements, proof of registration from University, visa application form, passport-sized photographs and other important documents.
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