According to international student testimonies, Switzerland is considered a great place to receive higher education in Europe. In the StudyPortals International Student Satisfaction Awards 2014 more than 7,000 students reviewed their international study experience with the help of the world's largest database of international student experiences, STeXX.eu. In total, 228 students shared 530 comments related to their experience of studying in Switzerland, giving the country an excellent rating of 8.9 out of 10. The Student Satisfaction Awards are a valuable source of information for future students who wish to enrol at universities in Switzerland or elsewhere in Europe.
The cost of a Swiss education is significantly lower than many of the country's European counterparts. While the low tuition fees alone are enough to entice potential students, throw in generous government- and university-sponsored scholarships, and Switzerland becomes an increasingly irresistible destination.
With not one, not two, but FOUR native languages including French, German, Italian and Romansh, Switzerland offers multilingualism like no other. Students have the opportunity to hone current language skills or learn something completely new.
Between the cheese, chocolate and famed Swiss delicacy, "Rösti," life in Switzerland is a true epicurean adventure. Did we mention the chocolate factory tours culminating in free tastings?
Switzerland's geography is postcard perfect. The iconic Swiss Alps, cow-dotted pastures and serene blue lakes offer a breathtaking scenic backdrop for academic life. Many higher education institutions are tucked into or near the Alps themselves for easy access to a wondrous view.
If you love to ski and snowboard, there's no place better than Switzerland. And if you don't love to ski and snowboard, there's no better place to learn. Students are eligible for an inexpensive year-long ski pass to some of the world's best slopes. From Zermatt to St. Moritz, Switzerland is a mecca for winter sports enthusiasts. The summer, meanwhile, brings stunning views and clear lake swimming.
Switzerland's charms aren't just natural. From the jaw-dropping architecture of historic castles to major cities with advanced facilities and cutting-edge technology, Switzerland balances rural charm with urbane sophistication.
Speaking of business programs, as a European business hub Switzerland is home to some of the world's best business minds -- particularly in the fields of hospitality, banking, pharmaceuticals and chemicals -- making it a premiere place to learn and work. The country is committed to investing in both education and research; for this reason, many multinational corporations are headquartered here. In fact, 15 Fortune 500 companies call Switzerland home.
There's no better place to develop foreign language skills for business thanks to endless practicing opportunities. There are plenty of chances to learn non-Swiss languages, too, due to the breadth and depth of the international student population. While most undergraduate programs are taught in German, French and Italian, Master's programs offer a multitude of English courses. That said, English is widely understood and some programs are even taught entirely in English. Additionally, the cross-cultural management skills fostered in this global setting are highly desirable in the 21st century workplace.