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USA/Swiss children - Education

I am looking for any information on how it would work for my children to go to "University" in Switzerland. Their father is a Swiss/USA citizen and is in the process of registering them with the Swiss consulate before moving back to Switzerland with his current wife and two small children. My children are 13 and 16. He's telling them that they can go to "University" in Switzerland for free.

My concern is that there is probably more to it then he may know or is telling them. He left the country to come to the USA when he was 17. He's 43 now. So I'm sure things are not the same as they were back then.

From the research I did on the Canton he's from, Vaud, I don't think it's as easy as he's making it out to be. 1. Wouldn't they need to read, write and speak French fluently? (they do not, and the USA school system does not offer a very good language program), 2. Wouldn't they both, upon turning 18, be required to serve in the Swiss military for a time? (he didn't mention that to them), and 3. Isn't there some sort of tuition cost associated with it, even if it isn't the bulk of it?

Before I spend the time educating my children that there is more to it then their father is telling them, I'd like to be sure of my facts. Please don't get me wrong, if they are up to it, given ALL the information and requirements, an education in Switzerland would be a terrific opportunity and experience. I just want to, 1. Make sure they go into it with their eyes wide open, and 2. take the time now to prepare in every aspect that they can if they choose to do this when the time comes.

Any thoughts, advice or facts is greatly appreciated!!
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Re: USA/Swiss children - Education

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These Threads will give you a bit of the basic information you need and a few links where you can look further.
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Re: USA/Swiss children - Education

They'll need to speak one of the local languages, and be accepted by the university according to the qualifications they hold. The universities here are not free... but they are very cheap - ~$1000 per semester, depending exactly where.

They will only be guaranteed a place at a Swiss university if they hold a Swiss Matura.

They may find that as Swiss citizens they'll be able to go to a Scottish university for free, or to an English university for a fee - but again, it depends on the qualifications they hold. It's possible that residency - i.e. where they've been living before they go to university - may have an influence as well.
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Re: USA/Swiss children - Education

Agree with Notallthere. They would need to know the either french or german fluently (I don't believe there is university in Ticino/italian). Although there are more and more english university classes, the overall situation will require a local language (written and oral). There may be equavalency requirements for the high school degree which may not be acceptable as well as language proficency tests for entry.

Swiss residency before a certain age (not exactly sure of age but mid 20s) will trigger the military requirement. There are increasing ways to get out of it, but it still will require a tax or civil duties.

Yes, there are fees, minimal but they still exist, not to mention cost of living expenses, which are not exactly cheap.
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Re: USA/Swiss children - Education

Thank you NotAllThere and runningdeer. I really appreciate your taking the time to reply. Your responses confirm what I thought.

I was thinking that perhaps it would make more sense for my children to look into getting Bachelors Degree at a University here in the USA and then perhaps, if their area of study is available in Switzerland, get their Masters Degree there.

Either way, it's not as simple as how their father is portraying it....that's my main concern.
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Re: USA/Swiss children - Education

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(I don't believe there is university in Ticino/italian).

There is
, but the curriculum is somewhat limited.

"Courses are mainly taught in Italian and English."

For BS, they offer:

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Bachelor in Architecture
The Academy of Architecture offers a Bachelor fully equivalent to a Master of Arts in architecture, combining theoretical foundations with practical training in architecture studios, companies or institutions.
Bachelor programme in Communication Sciences
The undergraduate programme in Communication Sciences delivers broad theoretical and methodological knowledge in a multilingual, multicultural and interdisciplinary framework. The Faculty offers well-focused specializations in the following areas:
  • New Media and Mass Communication
  • Corporate Communication
  • Pubblic Communication
Bachelor programme in Economics
The Economics programme combines scientific rigor with an eminently academic orientation. After the first two years, students specialize in one of the following areas:
  • Economics
  • Business and Management
  • Finance
Bachelor programme in Informatics
The undergraduate programme in Informatics is project-based; it comprises six semesters of highly integrated courses and team-oriented projects, all taught in English.
The faculty offers two specialisations:
  • Bachelor in Informatics
  • Bachelor in Applied Mathematics and Computational Science"

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Thank you NotAllThere and runningdeer. I really appreciate your taking the time to reply. Your responses confirm what I thought.

I was thinking that perhaps it would make more sense for my children to look into getting Bachelors Degree at a University here in the USA and then perhaps, if their area of study is available in Switzerland, get their Masters Degree there.

Either way, it's not as simple as how their father is portraying it....that's my main concern.
I think that's a really good idea. It is possible to come here for graduate study, and most of the courses are given in English. The ETHZ has a great page about admissions if you're from a foreign country. It's not exactly the same for other universities, but still it gives you an idea. Maybe someone posted the link already, - but if not search this forum for ETH admissions. The page is in English.

My husband is a professor (as of July 1 at Uni Zurich), and he's told me that while in Bern he had a few American undergraduate students, but only a few and on exchange programs for a limited time, not the entire program.

I don't think it's that simple - but in a few years, who knows what, if anything will change?

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Re: USA/Swiss children - Education

If money is not an issue let them do it in the USA . my Uni experience was much much much better there than it would ever be in Europe, This is including the fun factor....

after that a masters would be good here since then it is becoming more serious. you could have them follow French at Uni so they get a good start for their future perhaps in CH
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