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PLAN A FOR HIGHER EDUCATION: STUDY IN SWITZERLAND FOR PAKISTANI STUDENTS

study in Switzerland for Pakistani students

ABOUT SWITZERLAND

The most beautiful country of Europe, Switzerland is famous for its snowy mountains, lakes and villages. Switzerland is situated in central Europe. This one of Europe’s smallest country has very rich history. Its history is thousands years old. It is said that life started in 40000 B.C, that’s mean that the ancient land of Switzerland is witness of hundreds of centuries. It is also said that cantons put the base of modern Switzerland in middle age. They started the journey of development from the valley of Alpine and now twenty-six provinces of Switzerland are named cantons. Switzerland has democracy from ages. It never had kingdom. Cantons are powerful in Switzerland, it can be said they are center of power in country.

Switzerland is also called land of peace. It never took part in wars. Switzerland was remained neutral in World War I and World War II. Switzerland is not member of United Nation (UN) due to its neutral stand in world wars.

This beautiful and small country shares borders with Italy, Germany, France, Austria and Liechtenstein. Switzerland consists of 41285 square km and its population is 8.287 million (2015). The majority of its population is consisting of German, French, Italian, and Romansh community. That’s why it has four official languages which are French, German, Italian and Romansh. Though English language is also spoken in the country and connects the four parts of nation.

study in Switzerland for Pakistani studentsSwitzerland has lots of natural sceneries. It can be called the land of lakes, rivers, mountains and green fields. Anyhow, 70% area of Switzerland is consists of mountains. Burn is its capital city which is Europe’s most beautiful city. The weather of Switzerland is pleasant. Climate of this country is moderate, not too cold like most of European countries and not too hot.  In summer, spring and autumn you can enjoy very pleasant weather but winter can be cold for citizen of Asia and Africa. In July and August temperature remain 18 C to 28 C and January and February it remains -2 C to 7 C, in remaining months of year it can be 8 C to 15 C.

The standards of living in Switzerland are very high. The houses present the combination of traditional and modern picture of country. Houses in Switzerland used to made of wood and tiles in past. But now in modern age houses are made of bricks and blocks. The Swiss food is very tasty and delicious. You can find the taste of three nation’s food in the cuisine of Switzerland. Cheese is the special ingredient in the Swiss food.  Switzerland is called the king of cheese in Europe. Swiss nation has experience of 2000 years of cheese making. Swiss cheese is famous in all over the world. Chocolate is another delicious part to Swiss society. Swiss chocolates are very famous in the world.

ECONOMY OF SWITZERLAND

Financially Switzerland is a strong country. Swiss nation is one of the richest nations of Europe. The banking sector of Switzerland is very strong. The banks of Switzerland are giving lots of facilities to attract the investors of the world. And a major portion of entire world’s wealth is deposited with Swiss bank accounts. Swiss bank’s account gives maximum security to customers and keeps them secret. Bank accounts are opened with the numbers, customer are allotted a number by which they operate their account. Customer’s name doesn’t mention in any document of bank. Apart from banking, Swiss watches are also very famous in the world. Switzerland is earning lots of foreign exchange by exporting watches. The per capita income in Switzerland is good and living standards of Swiss people are very high.

TOURISTS ATTRACTIONS IN SWITZERLAND

study in Switzerland for Pakistani studentsSwitzerland has gifted lot of natural beauty. The high snowy mountains, beautiful vast lakes, rivers and green fields there are lots of for nature lovers. The cities of Switzerland are also very beautiful. You can see the blend of modernism in the ancient cities of Switzerland. The Alp Mountains has lots of activities for tourists. There are lots of ski resorts and hiking trails. PakStudyAbroad.com is giving you information about some famous tourist’s resorts.

  • Lake Constance
  • Lake Maggiore
  • Jungfraujoch
  • Rhine River
  • Lake Geneva
  • Jungfrau
  • Chillon Castle
  • Matterhorn Mountain
  • Pilatus Mountain
  • Jura Mountains
  • Eiger Mountains
  • Lake Lucerne
  • Stelvio Pass
  • Swiss Alps
  • Schilthorn Peak
  • Titlis Mountains
  • Lake Thun
  • Kleine Scheidegg
  • Rigi Mountains
  • Kapellbrücke wooden foot bridge
  • Gstaad Resorts
  • Monte Rosa Massif
  • Lion Monument
  • Gornergrat
  • Lake Lugano
  • Swiss National Museum

And many more. So if you are planning to go Switzerland then take many leaves from work because beauty of Switzerland will not allow you to come back soon.

THE EDUCATION SYSTEM OF SWITZERLAND

Switzerland has best education system in Europe. There are lots of public and private schools and higher education institutions in Switzerland.  These schools and higher education institutions are giving education to all levels and study fields. There are three levels of education system of Switzerland, named as primary level, secondary level and tertiary level. Higher education is giving under tertiary level in universities and higher technical schools. Higher technical schools give higher technical training. Universities have two categories, one is universities which give general education and other is universities of applied sciences. There are lots of school and universities under both study system, general education system and technical education system. Majority of courses and study programs are offer in French, Italian and German languages, though few study programs also offer in English language but they are in very less quantity. International students are required to provide language proficiency certificate for any of these languages.

UNIVERSITIES IN SWITZERLAND

study in Switzerland for Pakistani studentsSwitzerland is the land where higher education starts centuries ago. In 1460 Basel University was started in Switzerland, which is called oldest university in Switzerland. 10 cantonal universities and 2 federal institutes of technology are working in Switzerland. These 12 higher education institutes are teaching the students with research and academic approach. The high quality of these institutes meet the European standards of education.

Higher education institutions of Switzerland follow the Bologna education system. So, universities of Switzerland follow ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). For bachelor’s degree students are required to complete 180 ECTS in three years. And for master’s degree students are required to complete 90 to 120 ECTS in 18 months.

UNIVERSITIES OF APPLIED SCIENCES IN SWITZERLAND

There are 70 advanced technical schools and technical colleges are working under 8 universities of applied sciences in Switzerland. These universities are giving technical education in lots of fields. The study in universities of applied sciences is research based. The motto of these universities is “Equal Standards, different Approach”.  Universities of applied sciences are giving applied vocational science based training.  Universities of applied sciences are very popular in Switzerland, there are thousands of students are studying in these universities.

PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES IN SWITZERLAND

There are lots of private universities are working in Switzerland. All the private universities are giving education in English, French, German and Italian languages. With private universities there are lots of private schools are also working in Switzerland. These schools are world famous for their quality education. There are lots of study programs offered by these private schools including BBA, MBA, Executive MBA and DBA etc.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS OF SWITZERLAND

The higher education institutions of Switzerland are offering lots of study programs to national and international students. Admission requirements of higher education institutions are vary from one institute to other institutes. PakStudyAbroad.com is providing you some general admission requirements for different study programs.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR BACHELOR’S DEGREE PROGRAM IN SWITZERLAND

To take admission in bachelor’s degree program students may require following documents:

  • Senior secondary school certificate or equivalent (intermediate for Pakistani students)
  • Passed University entrance exam (if required by university)
  • All transcripts issued by previous education institutions.
  • Language proficiency certificate in (French, Italian and German languages), for English language proficiency, certificate like TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and IELTS (International English Language Testing System) etc.
  • Application Form (correctly filled by candidate)

These are general requirements, PakStudyAbroad.com advise you to go to official website of university to check exact admission requirements and deadline to submit application for admission.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAM IN SWITZERLAND

To take admission in master’s degree program students may require following documents:

  • Bachelor’s degree (16 year education from Pakistan) with impressive CGPA
  • Passed University entrance exam (if required by university)
  • Good grade in admission required subject
  • Language proficiency certificate in (French, Italian and German languages), for English language proficiency, certificate like TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and IELTS (International English Language Testing System) etc.
  • Application Form (correctly filled by candidate)

These are general requirements, PakStudyAbroad.com advise you to go to official website of university to check exact admission requirements and deadline to submit application for admission.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR DOCTORAL DEGREE PROGRAM (PhD) IN SWITZERLAND

To take admission in doctoral degree program students may require following documents:

  • Master’s degree (18 years of education from Pakistan) with impressive CGPA
  • Good research work in relevant field
  • An impressive thesis (should be defended at any public forum)
  • Good grade in admission required subject
  • Language proficiency certificate in (French, Italian and German languages), for English language proficiency, certificate like TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and IELTS (International English Language Testing System) etc.
  • Application Form (correctly filled by candidate)

These are general requirements, PakStudyAbroad.com advise you to go to official website of university to check exact admission requirements and deadline to submit application for admission.

TUITION FEES AND COST OF LIVING IN SWITZERLAND

study in Switzerland for Pakistani studentsCost of studying in Switzerland for international students is bit high than local students. The higher education institutions of Switzerland charge more fee than local students. The fees for Pakistani / international students are not much high. Actually, these fees are less than most of the universities of Europe. The fees of higher education institutions are different from university to university and course to course. PakStudyAbroad.com is giving you estimated fees of public universities. International students can be charged 600 Euro-1600 Euro per year for both bachelor’s degree and master’s degree programs. However, fees of private schools and universities may be more than this fee, it may be charged from 1600 Euro to 16000 Euro per year.

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR PAKISTANI / INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IN SWITZERLAND

Government of Switzerland is offering some scholarships for international students. These scholarships are given for selected courses. These are very few scholarships for specific countries. PakStudyAbroad.com advises the students to check the university’s official website to get exact information about their chances for scholarships.

COST OF LIVING IN SWITZERLAND

study in Switzerland for Pakistani studentsCost of living in Switzerland is not too much expensive. It is pretty affordable for international students.  Normally, the living expenses in big cities are high but in Switzerland it is economical. The basic necessities of life like food, accommodation, travelling, books, stationery, outing, entertainment, clothing, utilities, and self maintenance are very much affordable as compare to big cities of Europe. If you are living in Bern then you need 1100 Euro per month, for living in Basel you may need 900 Euro to 950 Euro per month. But living in Geneva and Zurich may be expensive. Students who are studying in Geneva may need 1600 Euro to 1700 Euro per month, and for Zurich you may need 1200 Euro to 1700 Euro. These are estimated costs of living in big cities of Switzerland calculated by PakStudyAbroad.com for you. To live in other cities of Switzerland you may need 1000 Euro to 1400 Euro per month. The most part of living expenses are rent for a room or flat. If you share your accommodation with other students then you can cut these expenses more than the half.

ACCOMMODATION IN SWITZERLAND FOR STUDENTS

The major portion of living expenses incurred on accommodation. Like big and other students cities of world there are different options of accommodation available in Switzerland. Students can choose the accommodation according to their choice and bank balance. It is already said on PakStudyAbroad.com that cost of living depends on your living style. Here we discuss some of residence option in Switzerland.

HALL OF RESIDENCE / HOSTEL IN SWITZERLAND

In Switzerland on campus accommodation is available for students. Almost every higher education institution of Switzerland offers hall of residence / hostel to students. These hostels are well furnished and in very good condition. Rooms are very clean and properly furnished with attach washrooms. Common kitchen, living room and dining room is also provided to students. These rooms in hall of residence are available on very economical rates. Normally these rooms are charged from students 360 Euro to 800 Euro per month according to facilities.

PRIVATE OR SHARED FLAT / APARTMENT IN SWITZERLAND

Students who can’t find place in hall of residence can rent their own apartment or flat. Rent of a normal flat or apartment in big city can be charged from 650 Euro to 800 Euro per month. Living in private apartment is expensive in big cities, but it is good for those people who want to keep their privacy. But PakStudyAbroad.com will suggest you that if you can’t find the place in hall of residence then you should rent a flat / apartment in sharing with other students. Living with sharing can save your lots of valuable money. You can save major portion of rent by this living style. And you can cook your own food at your flat’s kitchen by sharing with other students. This way of eating is way too economical than dinging out at restaurant, canteen, hotel or food points. May be you have lots of money but you should save it for your future. Don’t spend more money on living, spend it on your study.

LIVE AS PAYING GUEST WITH SWISS FAMILY IN SWITZERLAND

Living with local family as paying guest is also a good idea. By this way of living you can save not only money but also your precious time. Normally students are given furnished room with food and laundry by local families. This way of living is also good for students who love families. Living with local family gives them feeling of home. And they can learn the culture, tradition, habits and language of Switzerland easily. Swiss people are good by nature and they do lot of care of their guests.

SWITZERLAND STUDENT VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR PAKISTAN

Pakistani / international students are required visa to enter in Switzerland. Pakistani Students who get the admission confirmation letter from higher education institution of Switzerland should immediately contact to Switzerland embassy in Pakistan to avoid any delay. Switzerland student visa processing time is approximately 2 months but it can be different case to case and requirements for issuing visa can also be different. PakStudyAbroad.com is providing you some general information about visa requirements.

  • Admission confirmation letter from higher education institution of Switzerland.
  • Application Form (correctly and completely filled by candidate).
  • Valid passport + photocopies of passport.
  • Recent photographs.
  • Bank Statement (with sufficient fund to cover your tuition fees and cost of living).
  • Character Certificate.
  • Health Insurance.

After reaching Switzerland you are issued a residence permit, students are required to renew it annually according to length of their study course.

Always contact the local Swiss embassy to check the updated visa requirements.

PART TIME JOBS IN SWITZERLAND

study in Switzerland for Pakistani studentsStudying and working in Switzerland is possible. Students are allowed to do part time jobs during studies in Switzerland.  Normally international students are allowed to work for 15 hours per week during semester time and full time job during holidays. But if you are in Geneva then you are allowed to work for 30 hours per week during semester time. Keep in mind one thing that finding a part time job without knowing one of official language of Switzerland (Italian language, French language, German language and Romansh language) is not easy. Because students are offered part time jobs at the places where public dealing is part of job, like restaurants, cafes, hotels, food spots, service stations, gas stations, bars, shopping malls, call centers, shops, etc. These are kind of student jobs and difficult to deal with customers if you don’t know local languages. Part time jobs in Switzerland for English speaking students are also bit easy. If you are lucky enough to find job related to your studies then it would be more beneficial for you. Anyways, finding a student job in big cities of Switzerland is not much difficult. Keep in mind that earning from these jobs is not enough to cover your all expenses in Switzerland. Yes, you can cover your living expenses but it may not be possible to cover both living expenses and tuition fee. The minimum wage rate in Switzerland is CHF 20 to CHF 35 per hour. Students are also given wages according to their duties and skills.  PakStudyAbroad.com will suggest you to focus on your study instead of job, because your basic purpose in Switzerland is studies. So never let your work disturb your study.

PakStudyAbroad REVIEWS ABOUT STUDY IN SWITZERLAND FOR PAKISTANI STUDENTS

study in Switzerland for Pakistani studentsOne of the beautiful countries of Europe Switzerland is also best place for students. You can enjoy fresh air, clean atmosphere, beautiful sceneries, beautiful cities, colorful culture, ancient traditions, historical buildings, Europe’s highest snowy mountains etc in Switzerland. And main attraction for knowledge seekers is high quality education of world top universities in Switzerland. As foreign students you are charged comparatively less tuitions fees in Switzerland and cost of living is also affordable for students. Finding a job in Switzerland is rather easy and wage rate are also very impressive. What more a student can wish during study abroad. PakStudyAbroad.com highly suggests you to go Switzerland for higher study and be the part of honorable educated community of the world.

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