Studying Abroad in Switzerland

By Kaitlin Hurtado on March 16, 2019

Studying abroad during college is something at the heart of many college students’ dream college experiences. You get the opportunity to choose when you get to study abroad, where you want to study abroad, and what you actually do during your study abroad experience. With so many decisions, it may be hard to narrow down where exactly you want to land during your study abroad experience. If you are still considering different locations, read on to see if studying abroad in Switzerland can be the perfect study abroad experience for you:

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Study at high-ranking universities

While studying abroad does sound like all fun and games, you still are there to study. Studying abroad in Switzerland gives you access to the country’s high-ranking education system to get the most of your academic experience abroad.  Switzerland offers ample opportunities for students seeking out research as its the home of many Nobel Prize-winning researchers.

According to Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2016-2017, three Swiss universities placed among the world’s top 100: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), and the University of Basel. Study at ETHZ and be one step closer to achieving your dreams like alum Albert Einstein.

Not only can you be proud of where you study back home, but you can take pride in spending your study abroad experience in one of the biggest research hubs in Switzerland. The University of Zurich, the largest university in Switzerland is famous for field likes economics and humanities, offering more than 100 degree programs.

Have access to other popular European destinations

If you ever feel like venturing past what Switzerland has to offer while studying abroad in Switzerland,  its location at the heart of Western Europe enables you to travel to bordering countries with minimal hassle. Countries like Italy, France, and Germany are never too far away if you want a quick little vacation.

Rail networks make travel across the country for a day trip out of the classroom with minimum hassle.

Practice several languages 

One of the many interesting things about Switzerland is that it does not just have one official language, but four:  German, Romansh, Italian, and French. While German is the most prominent depending on where you end up studying abroad, you can still work your way to be multilingual by traveling across the country and conversing with locals that speak more than one language. If you visit Fribourg, the city is divided by the Sarine river with the west speaking French and the East speaking German.

As many often say, the best way to learn a language is to actually practice it and what better way than studying abroad in Switzerland where you are able to converse in multiple languages?

If you are not too confident in your secondary languages, have no fear because some schools do offer English courses for you.

Enjoy the beautiful landscapes

Studying abroad in Switzerland gives you access to the Swiss Alps and its mountains, forests, open pastures, and lakes. Its rather mild climate will allow you to venture out of the classroom and make the most of your study abroad experience.

The Swiss Alps allows you to indulge your inner skier or snowboarder – or even learn how to be one during your study abroad experience. If you are studying abroad outside of winter, the summer brings fields of green and afternoons swimming at the lakes.

The beautiful landscapes offer much relief outside of the classroom and the natural beauty will have you feeling like your in the movie. Villages with picturesque cobblestones, historic castles, and fountains with water so clean and fresh you can drink straight from it – you will live out your study abroad experience in constant wonder.

Experience another culture 

Depending on where you decide to study abroad in Switzerland, you can enjoy an urban setting in one of Switzerland’s large cities (Geneva, Basel, and Zurich) or a more rural area closer to the mountains. With diversity in languages, Switzerland also has plenty to offer in terms of cuisine: German, Italian, and French. Indulge in fondue and a wide variety of beers and the much-talked-about Absinthe.

If you choose to study in Zurich, the largest city in Switzerland, you will be able to visit popular spots such as the Zurich Museum of Art, year-round festivals and parades, and the Chinese Garden. Multilingual city Fribourg hosts an international film festival and is known for sports like ice hockey and basketball to keep you on your toes.

Switzerland is an international hub. International students flock to their high-ranking universities and many international organizations, like the International Olympic Committee, the Red Cross, and the World Economic Forum call the country home. Come see what Switzerland is all about when you choose the country as your study abroad destination.

By Kaitlin Hurtado

Uloop Writer
Hello! I'm Kaitlin, a fourth year Literary Journalism major at UC Irvine. I'm a writer on Uloop's national team and a campus editor for UCI.

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