Criteria you must know for studying in Switzerland
Make your dream of studying in Switzerland come true. Before you actually take steps towards studying in Switzerland, you must know a few facts about education there to make an informed decision.
Many students nurture the dream of studying abroad and Switzerland has been a recent addition to the list. With its beautiful landscape, good infrastructure and amiable culture, Switzerland is scoring over many other education destinations.
Before you actually take steps towards studying in Switzerland, you must know a few facts about education there to make an informed decision.
The main difference between the Swiss and the Indian education systems is the fact that in Switzerland the entire Master’s programmes are consecutive postgraduate programmes. This means that students need to hold a Bachelor’s degree in the same or in a similar major as their future Master’s programme will be. For example, students holding a Bachelor’s degree in Science cannot get the admission for a Master’s degree in Business.
The Indian postgraduate studies are as same as the Master’s studies in Switzerland. In India, a Master’s programme corresponds to our MBA programmes. In Switzerland, MBA programmes belong to the executive education. Usually, students need to have work experience (in a management position) and can get admission if they hold a Bachelor’s degree in any field of studies.
In Switzerland, Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes offered by public universities (all academic universities are public) are at almost no costs for students. The fee at the HSG for foreign students amounts to 4252 Swiss Francs per year. The reason for this is because the government supports education.
A normal university degree is a normal public education that has to be accessible for everybody, regardless of his /her fortune. This is completely different for our MBA programmes. The government does not pay for executive education. That’s why students have to pay around 80’000 or 100’000 Swiss Francs per year.
In addition to a recognized Bachelor’s degree, students must have a good grade average, GMAT or GRE and a language certificate – this depends on the Master’s programme. In Switzerland, not every university degree from India is accepted. You need to get your degree evaluated for this. Generally, WES accredited institution (A or five Star) schools are accepted.
Admission Requirements from CRUS (Universities’ Rectors conference)
Admission to a Bachelor’s Programme
For access to Swiss universities, a valid Swiss maturity certificate or an equivalent foreign upper secondary school-leaving certificate qualifying for university entrance is required. Each of the universities makes its own decisions as to what certificates and qualifications it recognizes. Detailed information on general and country-specific access and admission requirements can be found at the CRUS/Swiss ENIC Web site. There are special regulations for study programmes in medicine and human movement and sports science (see section 3).
Admission to a Master’s Programme
The prerequisite for access to a Master’s programme is a successfully completed Bachelor’s level programme. Graduates of Bachelor’s programmes have access to certain Master’s programmes, as listed in the database available at uni-programme.ch. Each of the universities makes its own decisions as to whether a foreign Bachelor’s degree gives the holder access to Master’s programmes without entrance examinations, or access under certain conditions, or access with further requirements, or does not give access to Master’s programmes.
The universities require a good knowledge of the language of instruction
- At the Master’s level especially, the universities are offering an increasing number of study programmes in English.
- For students who do not hold fully recognized certificates qualifying for university entrance, the admission requirements also include a university entrance examination