When we think about Switzerland, the first thing that usually comes to mind is usually The Alps or how expensive the country’s cost of living is. As such, it is not surprising that very few students would actually consider studying in Switzerland due to the costs associated with its reputation.
In this article, we want to highlight what makes Switzerland an ideal study destination that is uniquely Swiss. As education specialists, we want to be honest and affirm that each country’s education system has its pros and cons, so weigh our advice for yourself and see what works best for you.
In fact, if you’re interested in Australia , UK , USA and New Zealand as potential study destinations, select the links above to find out more.
This article is useful for those who might be encountering Switzerland as a study destination for the first time, or who just need that extra assurance that Switzerland could be an ideal destination for them. So here are five reasons why we think that Switzerland is not only a good choice for tertiary education, but a really good one. If there is a word to describe Switzerland as a study destination, it would be excellence. Read on to discover why we say so!
Although Switzerland is known to be the place to study hospitality courses, Switzerland’s strength in academia is beyond just hospitality. It is home to one of Europe’s most prestigious higher education systems1
, with universities such as ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
and EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)
consistently ranked among the world’s top 30. The latest QS World University Rankings 2021
ranked ETH Zurich at 6th place in the world, while EPFL is at 14th place.
According to the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Human Capital Report 2017, which ranks countries based on how well they develop human capital, Switzerland ranked 3rd overall and 1st in the category of “know-how.”2 In fact, according to EHL, Swiss schools specialise in developing highly-qualified professionals with the best programs for the finance sector, hospitality management, engineering and watchmaking.2
On top of world-class education, The Alps and a lot of other postcard-perfect views are at your doorstep when in Switzerland. Essential to the Swiss national identity, The Swiss Alps that span across eight different countries could really take your breath away – you’ve got to see it to believe it and alongside it, experience its folk art, the alphorn, yodeling and more. On top of the already majestic Swiss surroundings, Switzerland borders five other European countries and is well connected to all five of them. Switzerland is bordered to the west by France, to the north by Germany, to the east by Austria and Liechtenstein, and to the south by Italy. You can literally visit a new country every weekend in five weeks – or make that five in a weekend if you’re adventurous!
Known to have very low crime rates and strict laws, Switzerland is one of the safest countries in the world to live in. According to the Global Peace Index, a ranking of the safest countries in the world, Switzerland is the 10th safest country in the world.3
Coupled with the high standard of living from being one of the most developed economies in the world, students can have the peace of mind to focus on their education without worrying too much about their safety and security. That said, it doesn’t mean you can be careless with your personal safety. A certain level of personal scrutiny should always be there
, wherever you are in the world.
While it is true that Switzerland is one of the most expensive countries to live in, it is not exactly an apple-to-apple comparison as it is likely said by travellers. The truth is, when you eventually find work opportunities in Switzerland, its wages are very competitive and the cost of living may not be as high as you imagined earlier. According to Paylab, an international salary survey platform, Switzerland ranks 2nd in the world for highest average monthly salary of employees at US$6083 a month, or RM24,970 a month.4 With fair and competitive salaries at the start of your career, this is truly the best place to build your dreams in a safe, beautiful, and developed country.
Switzerland has four official languages; German, French, Italian, and Romansh. English is spoken especially in businesses, universities, and in cities such as Zurich, Geneva and Bern. Being a global hub for finance, innovation and technology, Switzerland attracts people and students from all over the world and becomes a melting pot of the world’s best talents. Immerse yourself in these languages and cultures, it could very well be a boost to your future career!