Switzerland is known for the quality of its food and beautiful mountain scenery. However, the education system is no exception. This is the country where excellence in Hotel Management has developed.
Switzerland is a perfect destination for studying abroad in both summer and winter. Most student campuses are located in tourist resorts, so if you are a lover of mountain scenery and winter sports you will be delighted by this country. Being located in the center of Europe, Switzerland offers you the chance to visit other neighboring countries: Italy, France, Germany. Thus, summer vacations can turn into opportunities to discover new cultures.
You can also improve your language skills in Switzerland, by speaking French, German and Italian. English language courses are more common at master’s level and most undergraduate programs are taught in German, Italian or French. The number of courses available at undergraduate level in English is growing slowly, however, especially at universities of applied sciences. Switzerland is a student study destination especially for students who want to pursue specializations in the field of Hospitality Management Business. The hotel industry in Switzerland has managed to generate the most effective educational programs in the field of Hospitality. Thus, the Swiss education system is considered to be one of the most prestigious in the world. Switzerland is not a member of the European Union, which means that education is not free for EU students, nor for international students.
Swiss Education Group – the largest Swiss higher education alliance
Swiss Education Group is an alliance of Swiss schools that develops studies in the field of hotel management and tourism. It was founded more than 20 years ago and is a world leader in hotel education. Annually, approximately 6.500 international students enroll in the study programs offered by one of the educational institutions that are part of this union. As this industry is experiencing the fastest growth in the world, qualified and well-trained staff are needed to meet the requirements of tourists. Based on these premises, Swiss Education Group has continuously developed and intends to develop even more complex educational programs, and to invest in old hotels and restaurants to refurbish and then use them as practical learning spaces for students.
TUITION FEE COSTS IN SWITZERLAND
State universities: Foreign students must pay tuition fees, which vary by institution. In general, tuition fees amount to around EUR 750 to EUR 3000 per semester. But while tuition fees compete with those charged by universities in the US and Europe, there is no doubt that the cost of living in Switzerland is very high. Living costs for students can range from CHF 20,000 to CHF 30,000 per year. State universities generally offer scholarships for students applying to a master’s program, but the number of scholarships is not too generous.
Private Universities: One of the reasons why students opt for private universities in Switzerland is the structure of tuition fees, which include absolutely everything. If you choose a private university in Switzerland, you will pay approximately CHF 40,000 per year, including accommodation costs, tuition fees, 3 meals per day, residency fees, school uniforms, medical insurance, and an iPad. In addition to this, depending of your country of origin, you may have the obligation to complete an internship 4-6 months in the first two years of study. These internships are paid with a minimum of CHF 2100 per month.
At the end of your studies in Switzerland, young will obtain an internationally recognized diploma that can help you get a job in the hotel industry. In many of the Swiss educational institutions, special emphasis is placed on developing good relations with Alumni. As a new student, you will be integrated on social platforms and support each other through this network.
ACCOMMODATION IN SWITZERLAND
Each university has an information office for foreign students called the International Housing Office. Once you have been admitted, they will send you accommodation offers and detailed information about housing and rent. However, this is not a general rule, because not all universities or university cities have student campuses. The reason? Student campuses are not a popular way to live.
With very few campuses, it is not easy to find a very good room at a reasonable price, so if your university has offered you a room, do not turn it down. There is a good chance that you will not be able to find a second accommodation offer in due time or at the same price level.
Prices vary, especially depending on the city, but the type of room also matters. For example, rent is more expensive in Zurich or Geneva, where it can reach 800 euro per room. In cities other than these, the rent for an individual room (15-20 square meters) in student dormitories is usually 400-450 euro per month. If there are two students in a one-room apartment offered by the university, the costs decrease to 300-350 euro per person, per month.
Regarding the contract, we advise you to look carefully if the utilities are included in the price: electricity, gas, TV, internet, garbage collection service tax. If you have to pay them separately (some offers are structured that way) be sure you know exactly what the amount is. The difference from the initial amount can be very large, and can have a negative impact on your budget.
PRIVATE ACCOMODATION IN SWITZERLAND
Taking into account that student campuses are insufficient, we recommend that you look for rent on your own in advance. An option not to be neglected would be to look for a space to rent in the places near the big cities. Why? Less than 1% of urban rental housing in Switzerland is available at any time of the year. The competition and the prices are so high that many foreign students prefer to live in the border areas of Germany, Italy, or France. The best place to find real estate agencies are not websites, but agencies housed in small offices in every locality, urban or rural.
The average price in Switzerland for an apartment of 44 square meters is 1100 euro. Utilities (electricity, water, heat), plus internet and TV subscription are often (but not always) included in the price. Check this in the contract. The most advantageous for you is to look for a home in the first commune near the city where you study.
Be well equipped with documents, when you will be contacted by the real estate agency. They are as demanding as possible, so expect them to ask you for details about marital status, professional status, a letter of reference from the university where you study, source of income and an estimation of it, resident status and a copy of your passport. Once you have passed this step, you will be informed about the rent price, the mandatory quiet hours and days (Sunday), the very detailed inventory of the house, but also lease fees, which usually cover the real estate agency fee. Moreover, Swiss law allows for the automatic update of the rental price, in case of inflation, or price increase above a certain level. In this case, the owner will notify the real estate agency, and you have 30 days to appeal, or move. It is not a general rule, but it is increasingly used in big cities.
If you are tempted by an international career in fields such as hotel management, business administration, or management in the hospitality industry, then Switzerland offers you study programs at the level of your expectations. Known especially for the quality of life, chocolate, watches and great scenery, Switzerland is not a cheap country when it comes to higher education for international students and you cannot expect to study of live there for free. Check this aspect carefully, so as not to risk financial suffocation during your studies. Would you study in Switzerland as an international student?