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Just graduated High School, moving to Switzerland.

Hello! Let me introduce myself: I'm a Swiss/Mexican 18 year old who just graduated from High School in México, due to a variety of reasons I've decided to move to Switzerland for college and further living.

Unfortunately, I have not been able to inform myself as much as I would have liked about everything I should/must do after this, basically due to the language restraint (I only speak conversational Swiss German) so I come here with the hopes of getting some questions answered. I understand this is the Daily life forum so if this doesn't belong here I would appreciate if you could please redirect me to where I might.

I know I have to "announce" I finally moved in to Switzerland, and that they might be able to support me financially for a bit while I find a job (I have severe financial constraints, mainly the reason of why I am moving).

After working for a few months I would like to do my military service (I'm not sure when can i do it because of the language problem) any information about it would be helpful too.

But mainly I want to go to college. I understand studying in college level German would be very hard with the amount of German I'll have after just living there for around a year, so I found some careers taught in English at some hochschule (international management + economics).

I have no problem with this, but my real gift is with numbers, I have been trying to find a possibility of studying a science in English, but I cant seem to find any, again, if you have any information that could help me I would be very thankful.

OH! And another restraint is the year's work experience they ask, would an internship fulfill this requirement? I have been trying to find one in a bank but I'm not sure if that will do.

I'm sorry for the amount of questions I am asking, but I have tried for days to find information, and my embassy is not being very helpful.

Thank you for reading this huge wall of text!!
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Old 23.08.2011, 10:46
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Re: Just graduated High School, moving to Switzerland.

one word.. wow.
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Re: Just graduated High School, moving to Switzerland.

Yup! I'm really sorry but this are the words of a desperate guy. If you could at least redirect me i would appreciate it!
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Old 23.08.2011, 11:59
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Re: Just graduated High School, moving to Switzerland.

Have you actually got Swiss citizenship also? In which case you would most likely be eligible for government support - be it financially or when trying to find a job / learn the language.
I presume you would be, if you want to do army service (there is no way you can do that without being Swiss btw.). Army could be a way of setting foot in the country, get to know some of its ins-and-outs and make a few first contacts. However, from my experience it can be a bit hit and miss where and with whom you end up...

Quite a few of the universities offer Science degrees in English - however, mostly only at Masters levels. There may also be some Undergrad courses if you look around. Get organised early, as getting admitted to a Swiss university with foreign qualification may take some time and effort - and they may make you do an entry exam.
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Re: Just graduated High School, moving to Switzerland.

bienvenido

im also half swiss/mexican.
I came here looking for an internship to complete my studies and get my degree, which let me tell is really hard to find a job in here, especially with the language barrier but l you have the swiss german to move around, i think that is good.

And to study in a university as i understand, you really need the german for the bachelor degree. But masters and phd are mostly in english... especially in research. I think you have to take a test if you come from abroad to prove that your german is enough to be in school.

Hope you find answers somewhere to your questions, search around this forum they have plenty of information.

mucha suerte
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Re: Just graduated High School, moving to Switzerland.

Tomberli: Yes, I do have a Swiss Citizenship, am I capable of doing my service with only conversational Swiss-German? I want to do it as soon as I can since I think It could aid me to increase my german skills. Gah, I wish there were undergrad science programs in english.. Thank you!!

Tj88: Gracias!! I found some study programs in English at some University of Applied Scicence (hochschulen). I hope you have been doing great!!
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