Education

Switzerland is a hub for excellent education, science, technology and innovation. It has outstanding universities with all-encompassing programs, many world-class public research institutions, and a thriving private sector which encourages research and development and conducts its own cutting-edge research.

Switzerland has 12 universities, 8 universities of applied sciences, and 17 universities of teacher education. Moreover, Switzerland is home to several outstanding special institutes in the areas of international affairs, public administration, finance, and hotel management. Undergraduate study in Switzerland is usually offered in the national language of the respective area (German, French, Italian), while many graduate programs are offered in English.

For more information about each of the recognized universities, please consult the website of swissuniversities

Scholarships and Student Mobility

Swiss institutions of higher education offer first-rate educational opportunities in a wide range of fields of study, as well as a wide range of English-language study programs, on the graduate level and in cutting-edge research. As tuition fees in Switzerland are generally very low, even for international students, there are not many scholarships available for undergraduate students. However, some Swiss universities offer their own scholarships for international students and we advise to contact the universtiy of your choice directly (Study in Switzerland).

Switzerland and Canada both benefit from well-established student exchanges. Various Swiss universities have bilateral agreements with Canadian counterparts and offer their own scholarships to visiting students. Some programs even offer the possibility of joint degrees. We recommend to speak directly to your academic advisors about such possibilities. For information on admission to undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate studies in Switzerland, please contact the institution of your choice (school, cantonal university or federal institute of technology, university of applied sciences, etc.). 

Work-intergrated learning and internships

Under the terms of the Swiss-Canadian Youth Mobility Program, Canadian citizen (age 18-35), who have a secondary education and completed a 2-year training, OR study at a post-secondary institution, OR have completed their post-secondary studies, can obtain a residency and work permit in Switzerland to improve their language and professional skills. The program allows young students, during the course of their studies, to complete an occupational training as part of their curriculum. For the application procedure and forms, consult the website for the young professionals and trainees.

Recognition of foreign qualifications in Switzerland

In today's working world, a premium is placed on the mobility of workers and businesses. For many professional activities, official recognition of foreign qualificaitons is important and even necessary. Depending on the professional activity, a different authority will be responsible for conferring such recognition. The procedures for the recognition of foreign qualifications vary according to citizenship and the amount of time in which the person will remain in Switzerland. Please consult the website Recognition of Foreign Qualification.

Swissnex Network

Swissnex is the Swiss global network connecting stakeholders in education, research, and innovation. The mission is to support the outreach and active engagement of our partners in the international exchange of knowledge, ideas and talent. the five swissnex locations and their ouposts are established in the world's most innovative hubs. Together, with more than 20 Science and Technology Offices (STO) and Counsellors (STC) based at Swiss Embassies, they contribute to strengthen Switzerland's profile as a world-leading innovation hotspot. For questions regarding Swissnex please consult the science counsellor for Canada (ottawa.@eda.admin.ch) or visit swissnex.org