With four languages and five borders, Switzerland is a truly international country. What's more, it's also home to some of Europe's top universities - making a Masters in Switzerland an excellent (and very popular) choice for postgraduate study abroad.
Why study a Masters in Switzerland?
Switzerland has always been a cultural and intellectual meeting point, attracting international students for hundreds of years. Today the country has something to offer everyone: with degree programmes in English, French, German and Italian and the chance to study historic universities or top modern business schools.
Of course it's not just education that attracts visitors to Switzerland. Famous for its beautiful mountains and picturesque lakes, Switzerland is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in Europe. Excellent news if you'd like to try your hand at boating or skiing whilst studying a Masters in Switzerland - or if you'd simply like to take part in a spot of sightseeing.
How popular is Masters study in Switzerland?
Over 50,000 students study abroad in Switzerland (around 29% of Masters students in Switzerland are foreign).
How long is a Masters degree in Switzerland?
Swiss Masters degrees usually take between one and a half and two years. The academic year in Switzerland runs between September and June.
How much does it cost to study a Masters in Switzerland?
Fees for Swiss Masters degrees can vary between courses and institutions, but are usually somewhere between CHF 1000 and CHF 4000 (€862 to €3,448) per year . Students from outside the EU and EEA will sometimes pay fees at a slightly higher rate.
Are Swiss Masters degrees taught in English?
There are three 'local' teaching languages in Switzerland. Institutions in the west of Switzerland tend to teach in French, those in the South (near the Italian border) teach in Italian and the remainder teach in German. Courses in English are also offered at some universities.
Will I need a visa to study a Masters in Switzerland?
Though Switzerland is not part of the EU or the EEA it usually admits students from these countries without a visa. Other international students should check with their prospective university and / or a Swiss embassy in their home country.
Learn more about studying a Masters in Switzerland
For more information about the Swiss university system, degree structure, application requirements, visas, fees and funding, see our comprehensive guide to Masters study in Switzerland. For advice on living costs, accommodation and working alongside your degree, see our guide to postgraduate life in Switzerland.
You can also read our guides to international tests for the main teaching languages used in Switzerland: French, German and Italian, or take a look at our guide to Swiss university rankings.