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Financing your study in Switzerland

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calendar_month 01 Mar 2011, 00:00
If the thought of chocolate, cheese and the great outdoors has lured you to study in Switzerland, then you're going to have to work out how to finance your undergraduate study abroad. But with QS Top Universities' guide to Swiss scholarships, that won't be a problem.If the thought of chocolate, cheese and the great outdoors has lured you to study in Switzerland, then you're going to have to work out how to finance your undergraduate study abroad. But with QS Top Universities' guide to Swiss scholarships, that won't be a problem.

Most Swiss universities are publicly funded, making international study relatively affordable. The Swiss government, and some universities, also offer scholarships to international students. However, you must ensure you have sufficient funds to support yourself during your studies.

Once you're in Switzerland, as an international student, you can also work up to 15 hours per week. That should keep your chocolate supply in stock!
Swiss Government Scholarships
For foreign students from a large number of countries, the Swiss government offers scholarships through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS). The following web page of the State Secretariat for Education and Research (SER) provides an overview:

State Secreteriat for Education and Research (SER) - Foreign students university, fine arts and music school scholarships.
Swiss University Scholarships / Merit Scholarships
Various Swiss universities offer their own scholarships to international students. Please contact the university of your interest directly. The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs provides links to all the Swiss universities and their Study Opportunities. Some Swiss universities also offer merit scholarships: Merit Scholarships at Swiss Universities.
ERASMUS Student Mobility Program
Within the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), Switzerland is one of 32 countries participating in the ERASMUS student mobility program allowing their students to study up to one full academic year at a partner university. EHEA students interested in an ERASMUS-exchange experience at a Swiss university may contact the study-abroad office of their local university. CRUS - ERASMUS.
U.S. Fulbright - Swiss Scholarship Program
The U.S. Fulbright - Swiss Scholarship Program offers scholarships to selected US students to study in Switzerland. Detailed information about the program can be found at the website. U.S. Fulbright - Swiss Scholarship.

For more information on financing your undergraduate degree, see Top Universities' Student Finance section.