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Study Abroad in Switzerland
If you have ever considered expanding your cultural horizons by learning English or by learning French, Switzerland should be one of the countries at the top of your list. Few countries around the world can boast the cultural wealth of Switzerland.
With four national languages including Swiss German, French, Romansch, and Italian, this mountainous European nation is just as wealthy in languages as it is in cultural diversity.
The cultural diversity of the nation is complemented by its dramatic landscapes covered with forests, lakes, and mountains along with historic castles and towns steeped in history.
Getting around Switzerland is easy with its modern and extensive public transportation network which unsurprisingly runs like clockwork. Students can easily explore the country that is known for its fine cheeses, chocolate, skiing, and spectacular mountain scenery aboard one of the many trains travelling frequently between the cities of Berne, Basel, Lugano, Lucerne, Geneva, and Zurich.
An Array of National Languages to make anyone Feel at Home
Students from North America will feel right at home in the country with its large English-speaking community.
As English is the language that unites this culturally and linguistically diverse country, it is widely spoken throughout. Switzerland has always enjoyed a reputation as being culturally tolerant and most situations can be handled in English.
The largest English speaking community can be found in the Lake Geneva area. But for those who are determined to immerse themselves in another language, there are plenty of opportunities all over the country including:
- Italian, the third language of Switzerland and the Canton of Ticino uses it as the main language for its 300,000 inhabitants. The most popular place to learn Italian in Switzerland is in the town of Lugano. Resting on a lake and surrounded by mountains, it offers something for everyone. It’s located just 30 minutes from a popular ski resort and the Italian fashion capital of Milan.
- German, spoken in Switzerland’s largest city, Zurich. It is the primary educational, cultural, and financial centre of the country. It is a picturesque city with cobbled streets and stunning views of the Swiss Alps. There is no shortage of places to enjoy culture and cuisine. Zurich enjoys one of the most advanced public transport systems offering seamless access to surrounding areas.
- French, the second most used language in Switzerland and is predominantly spoken in Romandie, the Western region of Switzerland. Four Swiss Cantons including Geneva, Vaud, Lausanne, and Montreux are exclusively French speaking. The small town of Montreux on Lake Geneva is a popular place for students. It is highly accessible to the cities of Lausanne and Geneva which are less than an hour away.
Preparing for a Learning-Holiday in Switzerland
Aspiring students must be in possession of a valid passport and students from certain countries may be required to obtain a Swiss entry visa.
Student entry visas are available from the Swiss Consulate or Embassy in your home country upon receiving an acceptance letter from your chosen school.
The cost of living is high in Switzerland. The Worldwide Cost of Living Survey named Zurich and Geneva as the second and third most expensive cities in the world. A standard meal at McDonald’s will cost around $12 USD while a movie ticket will cost $18 USD.