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USA Citizen Wishes to go to College in Zurich

Hello,

has anyone on here moved from the USA to Switzerland, Pref Zurich.

and if you have,

how would i apply for a student visa, and go to college in switzerland?
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Old 23.11.2011, 00:51
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Re: USA Citizen Wishes to go to College in Zurich

Have a look at www.crus.ch:

http://www.crus.ch/information-progr...glish.html?L=2

Visa issues:

Swiss Embassy, Washington
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Re: USA Citizen Wishes to go to College in Zurich

Hi Marx,

I am a US student who came to the Uni Zurich for school, so I can speak somewhat from experience. In order to get a Visa, you need to apply through your Swiss Consulate (either by mail or in person). Depending on where you live in the US your Swiss Consulate my be different from the one jrspet listed. If the Washington Consulate is not your consulate they will not be able to help you. Here is a fell list of all the consulates in the US:
http://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/...sa/afousa.html
Be sure that you find the one that serves you, not just the one that is closest to you. One may be closer but may not serve your region. Also, some consulates, such as the Boston Consulate, do not do visas, so you will have to figure out which consulate is responsible for issuing you a visa.

You can not apply for a visa until you have been accepted and have matriculated in your chosen university. This is where I had a problem, the earliest I could matriculate was not until later and it can take up to 8-10 weeks to get a student visa. Usually, however, the university can help speed up the process, so talk to them as soon as you get accepted.

As far as classes go, since you mentioned Zurich, I am assuming you are interested in attending either the ETH or the Uni Zurich, both have bachelor's classes in German and will require you to pass a German language test at or above the B2 level in the CEFR (Here is a page which will tell you what that means: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_..._for_Languages). Only some concentrations (such as Banking and Finance at Uni Zurich) have classes in English and these are usually only upper level classes. In addition to information jrspet gave I would also look at the website of the university you are looking into, as they will have a lot of useful information.

If you have any other questions, feel free to ask and I'll do my best to answer.
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Re: USA Citizen Wishes to go to College in Zurich

Hey, THANK YOU! so much, your information was very helpful. Do you what bachelor courses at Uni are in english? do you know what the admission requirments are other than language. such as is having a hs diploma ok, do you have to take an admittance test, and if so where can i find stuff on that?
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Hi Marx,

I am a US student who came to the Uni Zurich for school, so I can speak somewhat from experience. In order to get a Visa, you need to apply through your Swiss Consulate (either by mail or in person). Depending on where you live in the US your Swiss Consulate my be different from the one jrspet listed. If the Washington Consulate is not your consulate they will not be able to help you. Here is a fell list of all the consulates in the US:
http://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/...sa/afousa.html
Be sure that you find the one that serves you, not just the one that is closest to you. One may be closer but may not serve your region. Also, some consulates, such as the Boston Consulate, do not do visas, so you will have to figure out which consulate is responsible for issuing you a visa.

You can not apply for a visa until you have been accepted and have matriculated in your chosen university. This is where I had a problem, the earliest I could matriculate was not until later and it can take up to 8-10 weeks to get a student visa. Usually, however, the university can help speed up the process, so talk to them as soon as you get accepted.

As far as classes go, since you mentioned Zurich, I am assuming you are interested in attending either the ETH or the Uni Zurich, both have bachelor's classes in German and will require you to pass a German language test at or above the B2 level in the CEFR (Here is a page which will tell you what that means: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_..._for_Languages). Only some concentrations (such as Banking and Finance at Uni Zurich) have classes in English and these are usually only upper level classes. In addition to information jrspet gave I would also look at the website of the university you are looking into, as they will have a lot of useful information.

If you have any other questions, feel free to ask and I'll do my best to answer.


Hey, THANK YOU! so much, your information was very helpful. Do you what bachelor courses at Uni are in english? do you know what the admission requirments are other than language. such as is having a hs diploma ok, do you have to take an admittance test, and if so where can i find stuff on that?
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Re: USA Citizen Wishes to go to College in Zurich

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Hey, THANK YOU! so much, your information was very helpful. Do you what bachelor courses at Uni are in english? do you know what the admission requirments are other than language. such as is having a hs diploma ok, do you have to take an admittance test, and if so where can i find stuff on that?
Hi,

I only know from experience that some of the upper level banking and finance courses are in English (Intermediate Corporate Finance, Quantitative Market Research, Economic Growth, to name a few). As for other majors, I'm not sure, but keep in mind that all of your required lower-level courses will be in German, so just be sure you can follow
You need a recognized HS Diploma to be admitted, but if yours is not recognized you can take an entrance examination (you only need to take the entrance Exam if they don't recognize your HS Diploma). Here is the website that has admission information:
http://www.uzh.ch/studies/application/bachelor_en.html
This is the website for requirements for students with a foreign HS Diploma (Sorry, it's in German): http://www.crus.ch/information-progr...ender/usa.html
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Re: USA Citizen Wishes to go to College in Zurich

If you are looking to do a bachelor's abroad you might want to look at this book called The New Global Student by Maya Frost. Maybe check the library before you buy it.

I have not read it but she lived many years here in Argentina with 4 high school aged daughters. Then wrote this book about American students studying abroad without going through exchanges.

Anyway, she's also done some radio/podcast interviews. So have a look & see if it helps.

Good luck.
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