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University: International Student or not?

I've lived in Canada my entire life but I have a swiss citizenship through my dad. I've never lived in Switzerland but I'm fluent in French. I'm still in high school but I'm graduating soon. I'm interested in living in Switzerland in the future (it's been a dream of mine for a long time) and I'm unsure of my university options. I have family in Lausanne and language shouldn't be a problem but due to the fact that I've graduated in a different country will I be subjected to international student fees? (Will I be considered an international student?) Do I need to live in the country for a certain amount of time to be considered swiss in the application process? Like most students I'm obviously worried about the cost of education and I'm looking into different opportunities!

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Re: University: International Student or not?

You are Swiss, nothing else matters in this case.

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Re: University: International Student or not?

This educationsuisse webpage gives information on scholarships for foreign Swiss. Generally, your home-canton would be responsible for providing scholarships but private foundations also offer support:

http://www.educationsuisse.ch/en/edu...d/Scholarships
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Re: University: International Student or not?

You would not be considered an international student. As soon as you register here you are considered a resident Swiss. The only hurdle you may face is getting your Canadian high school diploma recognised by the university as equivalent to the Swiss Matura. They may ask you to do an entrance exam. Different universities may have different entrance requirements. There are French speaking universities in Geneva, Lausanne, Neuchatel and Fribourg.
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Re: University: International Student or not?

You can move here as a resident during your studies, I assume you would only have to convert your driving license which is not a big hurdle.
The most complicated thing will be to get equivalence of your canadian high school diploma, which you might not get. So definitely look if you have to do entrance exams, when they are, etc. on EPFL or UNIL websites.
Another route is to do your bachelor in canada and come here for the master's degree, that's less complicated, you might just lose a semester or something like that.
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Another route is to do your bachelor in canada and come here for the master's degree, that's less complicated, you might just lose a semester or something like that.
If you choose this path, you can also think taking some German courses as well as some master's courses while doing your BA. Having a job in Switzerland and/or pursuing a master's degree, I think, could be easier in this way.
On a side note, McGill University and University of Toronto are good universities.
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You are Swiss, nothing else matters in this case.

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On a side note, McGill University and University of Toronto are good universities.
As a McGill alumna I totally agree on this statement. Here you can definitely try EPFL or big Unis if you will study in francophone area, depending on what you want to do (Arts or Science/Engineering), however I have to say according to my friends fighting through their bachelors, the curriculum here is more cruel than in Canada
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On a side note, McGill University and University of Toronto are good universities.
Good options if you can't get into Queen's.
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Re: University: International Student or not?

Thank you for all the replies! I really appreciate the help! It's been two years now since I asked the original question and I'm happy to say I will be attending University of Geneva next year. If anyone else is in the same case as me and looking at studying in Switzerland from Canada, I learned a few things from my application process. The requirements are slightly different in each province in Canada so I speak only from experience from British Columbia. The cost of schooling at the university of Geneva (not sure about other Swiss schools) is the same for citizens and international students. There is an additional fee of 60 CHF if you have a foreign diploma for processing costs however. For required courses in high school, I needed 6 approved high school grade 12 courses and was exempt from having to do the French proficiency exam because I'm a Swiss citizen. If you aren't Swiss you would need to take a test. I would suggest doing an internationally recognized exam on your own time instead of doing the one through the university. In Canada the DELF or DALF exams are only offered twice I believe so I would suggest doing the one in October/November so you can include it in your application to the university of your choosing. There aren't any other equivalency exams needed with a Canadian diploma at university of Geneva, not sure about other schools. That varies from country to country though. Also, something that I didn't expect is that you need to provide proof of acceptance into a Canadian university, meaning you would have to go through the application process in your home country anyways. In my case I applied to and got accepted into both University of Toronto and York University. Application deadlines are really late in Switzerland so I had already been accepted at Canadian universities when I sent in my application. By sent, I mean by mail!!! Unlike the processes in Canada, I wasn't able to do everything online and actually had to send in a bunch of certified papers. There's a ful list of required documents on the universities website so prepare early because unless you want to pay for express shipping it takes forever to send mail across the ocean. The acceptance dates are also super late (I got my "attestation d'immatriculation" in June) so it is good to have other plans lined up if it doesn't turn out. I was planning on studying in Canada up until I got my letter from Geneva and had even applied for residence at a Canadian university. The completely different deadlines in the two countries conflicted and since the acceptance rate is pretty low at many Swiss schools I assumed I was studying in Canada until I heard otherwise. There are tons of great programs in Canada though and many highly regarded schools that I would have been happy to attend. The only other thing I can think of if you're Swiss living abroad and want to return for school, is make sure you have your passport and know all your identification numbers. They ask for that on your application and it's nice to be able to provide proof of your citizenship!! Plan that early though because there aren't that many Swiss consulates in Canada and if you're like me, you might have to travel a bit. The whole "international student or not" question I asked is not super important as a lot of Swiss schools are very international. I think like 40% of the university of Geneva is international. Just make sure you choose how your going to apply because you want to be clear in your paperwork if you're international or not. Last thing you want is a condition of your acceptance to be conditional on a student VISA that you couldn't get as a citizen. Keep it simple! I'd love to answer any questions if people find this feed in the future. I'll be in Switzerland in September and couldn't be more excited!!
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Re: University: International Student or not?

Hi Alyska!
Congrats to you on making the decision to attend a Swiss university for your undergrad! I hope your preparations are going well I'm also Canadian and will be starting a Master's program in Switzerland in September as well! (However at UZH so a bit far away). Haha I also found the application process pretty absurd with the reliance on mail. Lucky you having Swiss citizenship! I'm still waiting on my visa. Anyways, just wanted to say hi and if you are ever wanting to connect with a fellow Canadian or are in the Zurich area let me know!
 




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