The ten cantonal (state) universities not only provide comprehensive courses in diverse fields of study, but also conduct cutting-edge research. Scientists in Switzerland produce research of the highest quality worldwide, i.e. with the largest number of citations per publication. So, research-based master’s and Ph.D. degrees from a Swiss university offer a good starting point for an academic career.

Excellent programs providing applied education are offered by the eight universities of applied sciences and the fifteen universities of teacher education. Moreover, Switzerland is home to several outstanding special institutes in the areas of international affairs, public administration, finance, and hotel management. There is a vast choice of educational opportunities for international students with many programs, especially at the master’s degree and Ph.D. levels, taught in English.

Studying in Switzerland means:

o High-quality education

o World-leading research environment

o Low tuition fees (the universities are mainly publicly funded)

o Wide spectrum of study programs

o Many study programs in English

o Low student/faculty ratio and small working groups

o Excellent facilities

Apart from that, Switzerland is an excellent location for living, studying, and working. It is located in the heart of Europe and its cultural variety, beautiful landscape, and innovative environment offer first-class surroundings both for your well-being and career advancement. Certainly, chocolate and mountains will be part of your experience, but you will quickly discover the country’s international setting offers numerous premium opportunities for studying and researching.

Key Facts:

o The official name of Switzerland is ‘Switzerland and Confoederatio Helvetica’

o Switzerland was founded in 1291, as a union of three cantons chafing against Habsburg rule, and became independent in 1815.

o Swiss system of government has been based on the US Constitution

o There are four official languages in Switzerland, namely German, French, Italian, and Romansh

o In Switzerland, people are either Roman Catholics or Protestants

o Switzerland Capital: Bern

o Switzerland has the second highest employment rate in the OECD, after Iceland.

o Switzerland is located in Central Europe

o Zurich, Basle, Geneva, Berne and Lausanne are the five major cities of Switzerland.

o Zurich: Largest city, financial and industrial center

o Switzerland Currency – Swiss France


If you are thinking of studying in Switzerland, you will be interested knowing the cost of higher education in Switzerland. Take a look.

Tuition Fee (EUR€):

o Depending on the institution, a foreign national can pay anywhere from EUR 750 to EUR 3000 per semester.

o Private institutions charge up to EUR 20,000.

Minimum Cost of Living (EUR€)

o Average – EUR 10,000 to EUR 19,000


To be assured of obtaining the best quality advice about the opportunities available for studying in Switzerland, students should register with The PATHE Study Abroad. After registration all students will be carefully guided through a number of key stages, maximizing their chances of getting admission in the institutions of their choice. We will tell you in detail about the Switzerland admissions process.


You register with The PATHE study abraod and be assured of obtaining the best quality advice.


We make an assessment of academic qualifications, work experience, financial status, career goals as well as life interests and aspirations.


We evaluate the requirement of any standardised tests you may need to take or review results that has been already obtained.

University/Course Selection

Together, we shortlist potential universities and courses that match your profile.

Document Editing

We edit the essays, Statement of Purpose, Letters of Recommendation and Resume, which have been written by you.

Application Review and Submission

The completed application forms are reviewed before they are submitted to your final choice of universities.

Interview Preparation

We assist in preparation (including mock sessions) for the interviews that you may have with the chosen universities.

Visa Counselling

We assist in preparation (including mock sessions) for the interviews that you may have with the High Commissions or Embassies, as well as the collation and review of relevant documentation for submission of the visa application.

Pre-Departure Information

We deliver comprehensive information about the country of choice to ensure that you are completely prepared for life at an overseas university.

Contact us to know more about the Switzerland admissions process.