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Comparing Swiss universities

Hello All,

My wife had applied to the following universites :Uni Zurich (not ETHZ), Uni Basel and Uni Bern for Master's in Computer Science. She has got a positive reply from Uni Zurich while the other 2 applications are still under process. We are trying to decide if we should wait for replies from them or not. She did look at the courses and also the university reputation and everything looks good about Uni Zurich. However, currently, we are in Basel (where I have my job) and were wondering if we should really wait for Uni Basel or just go ahead and plan for Uni Zurich.

So if anyone from the EF or their friends has studied in the past or is studying Masters in Informatics at any of the above universities, can you please provide some information about the course and how good are the chances to get a job etc. about them.

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Re: Comparing Swiss universities

I am about to finish my masters at the uni zurich

i must say it is really cool here. we are not more than 30 people in the whole masters so we kind of get 1:1 "support/training/tutoring" (the right english word is not coming to my mind). i am also "per Du" with some of the profs which makes politics easier.

taking a semester off was also no problem when i went for an internship last autumn.

concerning courses i focused on human computer interaction (around 4 or 5 lectures with a very nice professor), artificial intelligence (6 or 7 lectures) and information management (i guess there are around 10 to 15 lectures). software development lectures and other topics (IT consultant case studies, IM case studies etc) are also available.
if she takes the business informatics direction she will have to take some business courses. here we are privileged as well because we can choose from any business courses. people that are actually studying business have more restrictions.

maybe one more important thing: master thesis is a full time semester (30 points) and there is a group project for 18 points as well.

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Re: Comparing Swiss universities

Hi Tony,
I am Nikita, Ashesh's wife.
Thanks a lot Tony for the reply. I have few queries.
  1. I have got admission in Informatiks in Software Systems. Is this a good course in terms of exposure, job perspective and also the faculty?
  2. Can you brief me the schedule of the semester. I mean approx dates of exams of 1st semester and how long is the break between 2 semesters.
  3. How long is the Christmas vacation as I am from India and I need to plan my visit during Christmas.
  4. How tight is the schedule? I mean weekly how many lectures are conducted and can i manage to attend the language courses during semester?
I have visited through the website of university but as you are studying there currently, I can get satisfactory answers from you.
Sorry to bother you but thanks for helping me.


Regards,
Nikita Shah
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Re: Comparing Swiss universities

Dear Nikita

I'm not unbiassed, but you should wait for the Uni Basel reply as you are currently in Basel

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Re: Comparing Swiss universities

Much of the information you need re. dates and timetables can be found on the respective university web sites. As far as I can remember there Christmas break starts just before Christmas and lasts about 2 weeks depending what days of the week Christmas and New Year fall.
Another thing to consider is whether living in Basel and commuting to Zurich is a feasible option even assuming you are not on a tight budget. If you factor in walking and waiting times between local transport each end and the train times between Basel and Zürich (at best 53 mins but can be 1h11mins) you are probably looking at a daily commute of in all ca. 4 hours door to door. It could be a bit less but realistically not much, which is why many students tend to live locally.
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Much of the information you need re. dates and timetables can be found on the respective university web sites. As far as I can remember there Christmas break starts just before Christmas and lasts about 2 weeks depending what days of the week Christmas and New Year fall.
Another thing to consider is whether living in Basel and commuting to Zurich is a feasible option even assuming you are not on a tight budget. If you factor in walking and waiting times between local transport each end and the train times between Basel and Zürich (at best 53 mins but can be 1h11mins) you are probably looking at a daily commute of in all ca. 4 hours door to door. It could be a bit less but realistically not much, which is why many students tend to live locally.
Thanks for the information. My husband is doing Phd in Basel and he has to go to college Mon-Fri for fix 8 hours. So we want to take a decision regarding what will be feasible, he doing up-down or me and thats why I asked Tony regarding how tight is the schedule. If I dont have many lectures in a week or so then me doing up-down is a better option.
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