A landlocked, mountainous country, Switzerland’s geographical position in central Europe and studied neutrality have given it the access and political stability to become one of the world’s wealthiest countries.

Switzerland has for centuries been a neutral state, which means that it cannot take part in armed conflict unless it is attacked. Its forces can only be used for self-defence and internal security.

Surrounded by the European Union, it has vacillated between seeking closer engagement with its powerful neighbour and other international organisations, and preferring a more isolationist course.

The people are given a direct say in their own affairs under Switzerland’s system of direct democracy, which has no parallel in any other country. They are invited to the polls several times a year to vote in national or regional referendums and people’s initiatives.

Switzerland is a mountainous Central European country, home to numerous lakes, villages and the high peaks of the Alps. Its cities contain medieval quarters, with landmarks like capital Bern’s Zytglogge clock tower and Lucerne’s wooden chapel bridge. The country is also known for its ski resorts and hiking trails. Banking and finance are key industries, and Swiss watches and chocolate are world renowned.


  • High quality education at an affordable cost
  • Switzerland has an unbeatable public transport system which provides easy access between major cities
  • It is considered a very safe country to live in and violent crime is rare
  • A popular choice for students in studying Hospitality Management
How does the education system work in Switzerland?

The education system in Switzerland is very diverse, because the constitution of Switzerland delegates the authority for the school system mainly to the cantons. The Swiss constitution sets the foundations, namely that primary school is obligatory for every child and is free in public schools and that the confederation can run or support universities.

In Switzerland, education is government responsibility (cantonal and/or federal) from the beginning of compulsory education up to and including tertiary level (universities and professional education and training). Responsibility for education lies primarily with the 26 cantons. The cantons and the federal government each have their own responsibilities for post-compulsory education (general education schools, vocational and professional education and training, universities) and thus bear responsibility for these levels of education together. The cantons and their local municipalities finance 90% of public expenditure on education.

The tertiary level comprises universities (incl. universities of applied sciences and universities of teacher education) and, as a second important pillar, institutions providing professional education and training. The latter is aimed at people with professional experience, enabling them to gain specialist education and additional qualifications. It comprises diplomas from a PET college and federal or advanced federal PET diplomas.

The graduation rate at tertiary level comes to over 45%, with around two-thirds of these graduates gaining a university degree and roughly one-third a degree in higher professional education and training.
The Swiss education system is characterised in particular by:

  • a high degree of permeability: There are many ways to enter or transfer to a training programme or school or to attend a catch-up training programme
  • open access to the various types of education: Anyone who has the necessary qualifications can generally attend the course of his/her choice, and the university attended can also be freely selected.
What is the average duration of study for education in Switzerland?

*Bachelor’s Degree – 3 years

*Master’s Degree – 1.5 – 2 years

What are the admission requirements to study in Switzerland?

Admission requirements vary based on the course that student is applying to and also the high school or University curriculum the student is currently studying.

**Registered students with Gyanberry are provided with detailed admission requirements as well as comprehensive guidance on the entire admission process.

What is the average fees to study in Switzerland?

a) Government Universities (taught in German Language) – No Tuition Fees

b) Private Universities – Approx. AED 40,000 up to AED 100,000 per year

Living Expenses: Approx. AED 40,000 – AED 60,000 per academic year

Part Time Work: Yes, Possible

​Post Study – Work Visa: Yes

What is the career scope after studying in Switzerland?
  • Major companies in Switzerland: Nestlé (food processing), Novartis (pharmaceuticals), UBS (investment services), Zurich Insurance Group (diversified insurance), Roche Holding (pharmaceuticals), Credit Suisse Group (investment services), Swiss Re (diversified insurance), ABB (conglomerates), ACE (diversified insurance), Holcim (construction materials)
  • Major industries: banking and insurance, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, machinery and precision tools, textiles, tourism and watches
  • Recent growth areas: the chemical and pharmaceutical industry is expected to grow and the construction, property and aviation sectors are also performing well
  • Highly skilled workers are the most in demand by Swiss companies in areas such as technology, electronics and telecommunications, IT, and plant and machinery operations
What are some internationally recognized univesities in Switzerland?