Since Switzerland has no natural resources, education and knowledge have become very important resources. Therefore Switzerland claims to have one of the worlds best education systems. The most popular of the educational facilities for foreign students, are the Swiss Hospitality Schools. Located in various towns and cities across Switzerland, these schools are renowned worldwide for their high standards and are almost a pre-requisite for hospitality students looking for a first class education. Switzerland has a long established and outstanding reputation for excellence in Hospitality Education.
Switzerland is also home to some of the worlds leading laboratories. In such a country and environment everybody can feel safe. Many international companies have selected Switzerland for their headquarters because of the countrys reputation for stability, safety and multicultural understanding.
When you have retained your residence permit and proven you have the financial resources necessary to study in Switzerland, you can work alongside your studies. In fact, the student residence permit allows for profit-earning activity, as long your university provides a statement confirming that your employment will not prolong the length of your studies.
In actual practice, many students - Swiss and foreign alike - work alongside their studies to earn pocket money and gain professional experience. For foreign students, the number of weekly work hours is limited to 15, but this is fairly flexible depending on the canton (in Geneva, for example, you can work up to 30 hours per week). Nevertheless, most people will advise you not to take on extra work, since the university workload is already quite heavy, depending on the faculty.
It is easier to find employment in the large urban centers like Geneva and Zurich. Each university has a job placement office that provides information on student employment. Wages vary between SFR 20 and SFR 35 according to the job and your skills.
In Switzerland, most children go to public schools. Private schools usually are expensive and people tend to think that students of private schools probably didn't make it at the public school. Public schools include Kindergarten, Volksschule (elementary school), Gymnasium (secondary school) and Universitäten (universities).
School: In Switzerland, every child must attend at least the elementary school. Our country provides various schools at different levels. Because the cantons are responsible for the educational system, the names, the subjects, the starting age of the students and the duration vary significantly between the cantons.
Kindergarten: Children may attend Kindergarten for one year or two years.
Volksschule (Elementary school): The Volksschule (elementary school) is mandatory for all Swiss children. They must either attend the public school or must go to a private school. Elementary school starts at the age of seven and lasts at least eight, but usually nine years.
Berufslehre (Apprenticeship): In Switzerland, most kids start a Berufslehre (apprenticeship) after elementary school. Depending on the profession, an apprenticeship takes two to four years. Apprenticeships include all kinds of professions, from handicraft (mechanician, carpenter, baker, hairdresser etc.) to office worker (secretary, book-keeper, IT specialist etc.).
Gymnasium (Secondary school): There are various types of Gymnasia (secondary schools) with different emphasis and major subjects.
There are eleven Universitäten (universities) in Switzerland, nine of them are run by a canton, two are run by the confederation. In general, the universities run by the cantons provide non-technical subjects, whereas the universities run by the confederation provide technical subjects. The later are therefore called "Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology".
The education is now broken up into two parts similar to the education in the USA:
a bachelor study (three years)
a masters study (one and a half or two years)
After a successful completion of the masters study, one can start working on a thesis in order to get a doctor title. This takes usually three to four years.
Fachhochschulen (Technical college): After an apprenticeship, a young person can still start an academic career. Depending on the profession, she or he may attend a Fachhochschule (technical college). A technical college provides a similar education as the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology but not to the same extend. While an engineer ETH (graduate of one of the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology) has a stronger theoretical background, an engineer FH (graduate of one of the technical colleges) usually has more practical experience because she or he had finished an apprenticeship which lasted four years. The study lasts three and a half years.
Tuition fees vary depending on the institution and the study programme. An example of tuition fees for 2014/ 2015 for undergraduate, non-E.U. students at a third level institution are as follows:
Euro 3000 - 5000
Rs 2,10,000 – 3,50,000
Euro 300 - 500
Rs 21,000 – 35,000
Euro 1000 - 1200
Rs 7,00,000 – Rs 8,00,000
Students in Switzerland either live in a student hall of residence or a private accomodation. There are student halls or dormitories that are available is a student services outside universities. Flat rental comprises the largest portion of one's monthly expenditures depending on the location of the university rental prices vary.
Compared to other European countries, the cost of living in Switzerland is quite reasonable. The prices for food, accommodation, clothing, cultural events, etc are basically in line with the European average. Student will need around 850 euros a month to cover living expenses..
If you want to study in Switzerland you need to obtain Student visa which is know as B permit which you will need to apply for one from the nearest Swiss Embassy or Consulate
Where to apply and Contact us : Submission of Application is in Consulate General Mumbai and VFS New Delhi
a. How many days prior can a student apply for visa and processing : This varies between Embassies. In some countries, a student will need to appear for a personal interview as a part of the visa application process . 90 days prior a student can apply for Visa.
b. Documents Check-list:
1. Copies of completed application form.
2. Passport or travel document valid for at least 3 months after intended visit.
3. All Academic proof
4. Return/onward ticket and visa for next country of destination if required
5. Proof of sufficient funds in the form of a recent bank statement.
6. Offer letter and receipt of payments
c. Visa Application Fees : Student visa fee is approx. Rs 4,600 (Subject to change)
d. Processing Time: You should allow at least 8 weeks of processing time. The visa application and issuing process takes up to 2 months
English Ability Requirements IELTS/TOEFL is mandatory for Switzerland student Visas.
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