But how many options are available? And which are the best English-taught universities in Switzerland? Let’s find out!
How many English-taught universities are there in Switzerland?
While we cannot give you an exact number, we can tell you that on our portals alone, you can find:
- over 100 English-taught Bachelors
- over 450 English-taught Masters
- over 140 English-taught PhDs
- over 150 English-taught distance learning (online) degrees
Here are a few universities we recommend in Switzerland:
How do I know if a Swiss university teaches in English?
All the study programmes listed on our portals are taught in English, so that’s a good start. You can also check more information about language requirements for each degree.
Swiss universities and colleges (or other websites) might list additional English-taught programmes on their web pages.
In this case, you’ll have to do a bit of research to find out if those programmes are taught in English or if they’re open to international students. Should you struggle to find this information, don’t hesitate to contact the university directly.
To apply at English-taught academic institutions in Switzerland, you’ll have to pass one of the following widely accepted English language tests:
Learn more about IELTS vs TOEFL vs PTE Academic.
Is English enough to live and study in Switzerland?
English will be enough to study in Switzerland, but it won’t be enough to live or work there. Instead, you’ll need to learn (at least one) of the 4 official languages: German, French, Italian, and Romansh.
German and French are the most widely spoken, but the region where you live will determine which of these languages you’ll need to learn.
Another essential aspect to remember is that Swiss German, Swiss French, and Swiss Italian aren’t the same as the standard versions spoken in Germany, France, and Italy.
Differences can be minor (e.g. accent, expressions) or significant (e.g. grammar structure, vocabulary), so even if you have some German or French skills, you will need additional learning while living in Switzerland.
The best English-taught universities in Switzerland
Here are the best English-taught universities in Switzerland according to the latest QS Rankings by TopUniversities:
- ETH Zurich
- University of Zurich
- University of Geneva
- University of Bern
- University of Basel
- University of Lausanne
- Università della Svizzera italiana (USI)
- University of St. G252170en (HSG)
- Université de Fribourg
Learn more about the methodology used to create the QS Rankings.
Affordable English-taught universities in Switzerland
Public universities in Switzerland that offer English-taught degrees are very affordable, especially when you compare them with their counterparts in the US or the UK.
Tuition fees range between 400 and 3,700 EUR per academic year, and this usually applies to all international students, regardless of their nationality. Still, you should always check out what tuition applies to you.
Also check out scholarships and funding opportunities in Switzerland.
Application requirements at English-taught universities in Switzerland
Some of the most common application requirements:
- Previous diplomas: high-school, Bachelor’s, or Master’s
- Academic transcript of records or grades
- Proof of English language proficiency
- Letters of recommendation
- Personal essay or statement
- Copy of ID or passport
- Up to 4 passport-size photos
- Proof of financial support (if required)
Keep in mind that you’ll likely need to send legalised translations or copies of these documents.