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Old 08.05.2009, 21:13
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My daughter will be graduating from HS next year and was interested in going to school in Switzerland. Does Switzerland have good colleges/universities? My daughter has dual citizenship. I was told she maybe be able to go to school for a lot less money than in the US because the Swiss government pays for some of the schooling.
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Re: Colleges/Universities

What kind of diploma is she doing (IB, SAT, AP, etc.)? Swiss universities and Fachhochschulen have specific requirements for international diplomas. All the information about it you can find under http://www.crus.ch

Does your daughter speak any German/ French? A lot of the courses here are in German or French and at most mixed. At the moment there are only a handful of entirely English programmes.
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My daughter will be graduating from HS next year and was interested in going to school in Switzerland. Does Switzerland have good colleges/universities? My daughter has dual citizenship. I was told she maybe be able to go to school for a lot less money than in the US because the Swiss government pays for some of the schooling.
Don't forget to take the cost of living into account: Switzerland isn't particularly cheap.

Have you considered Bulgaria?
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Old 08.05.2009, 21:40
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Re: Colleges/Universities

Fees at public colleges are lower that in other places, because of government backing this it true. However you should note that instruction is in the local languages, so your daughter would need to be very competent in the local language where the college is located, if she wished to attend college here.

If you use the search function on this forum, you should find lots of threads on this topic, as it comes up often.

Also, a quick google presented this site: http://www.crus.ch/, which has a lot of information about attending college here. However most of it is in the local language of the college rather than English.

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Don't forget to take the cost of living into account: Switzerland isn't particularly cheap.

Have you considered Bulgaria?
We have several relatives that live in different parts of Switzerland she could live with.
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Your daughter may be interested in this:
http://www.aso.ch/en/offers/offers-f...in-switzerland

Your location is NC- is that North Carolina? Unless your daughter is competent in one of the national languages i.e.able to converse abstract topics at degree level then I would say wait till Grad. level (Masters). switzerland is coming into line with Bologna agreements, but the hidden currculum doesn't change overnight. Grad courses are taught in English, but no undergrad courses. The University will test your daughter for language proficiency, they may suggest a year or at least a summer on a bridging course. The tuition for the bridging course isn't expensive, but accomodation and lliving expenses are. the level is high in academic terms but not breadth (at least nota t Undergrad level). There are few universities in Switzerland (6 in total?) so your daughter will be competing with the cream of the Swiss in academic terms. Look at the world rankings of universities I think that most are in the top global 100
Then you have to think about returning to the US. If she chooses to do the grad level in the US, she will need to take the GRE. The GRE is tough when you have been away from an English- speaking environment- try it yourself!

http://www.ets.org/portal/site/ets/m...0022f95190RCRD

At present few colleges will accept without it, although that might change- I think that for Cornell and MIT it is no longer a requirement.
Or she will need LSAT or the GMAT


So this is all I know - I would love to know if anyone knows anything different- like are there any undergrad courses taught in English? My duaghter is in the same position- she is fluent in one of the national languages maybe two, but would still find it tough if going for language based liberal arts- even though culturally she would not have a problem. Sciences I suppose would be less language dependent- there is a special course on the ASO for sciences.

My son got accepted into Swiss universities and European universities, but chose to stay in the US despite the cost!
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Re: Colleges/Universities

I came back to CH to study even though I'd gone through the UK system. It is a lot cheaper here as far as the fees are concerned at the Universities. Other establishments tend to be more expensive if they are not government run institutes. HOWEVER, the additional costs of books here is phenominal. I spend on average 800.- CHF per semester on the required reading list and of course often you end up needing more than those texts. Again it depends on the course, medical/science books and law books are very expensive.
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Your daughter may be interested in this:
http://www.aso.ch/en/offers/offers-f...in-switzerland

Your location is NC- is that North Carolina? Unless your daughter is competent in one of the national languages i.e.able to converse abstract topics at degree level then I would say wait till Grad. level (Masters). switzerland is coming into line with Bologna agreements, but the hidden currculum doesn't change overnight. Grad courses are taught in English, but no undergrad courses. The University will test your daughter for language proficiency, they may suggest a year or at least a summer on a bridging course. The tuition for the bridging course isn't expensive, but accomodation and lliving expenses are. the level is high in academic terms but not breadth (at least nota t Undergrad level). There are few universities in Switzerland (6 in total?) so your daughter will be competing with the cream of the Swiss in academic terms. Look at the world rankings of universities I think that most are in the top global 100
Then you have to think about returning to the US. If she chooses to do the grad level in the US, she will need to take the GRE. The GRE is tough when you have been away from an English- speaking environment- try it yourself!

http://www.ets.org/portal/site/ets/m...0022f95190RCRD

At present few colleges will accept without it, although that might change- I think that for Cornell and MIT it is no longer a requirement.
Or she will need LSAT or the GMAT


So this is all I know - I would love to know if anyone knows anything different- like are there any undergrad courses taught in English? My duaghter is in the same position- she is fluent in one of the national languages maybe two, but would still find it tough if going for language based liberal arts- even though culturally she would not have a problem. Sciences I suppose would be less language dependent- there is a special course on the ASO for sciences.

My son got accepted into Swiss universities and European universities, but chose to stay in the US despite the cost!
Thanks for all the great information.
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My daughter will be graduating from HS next year and was interested in going to school in Switzerland. Does Switzerland have good colleges/universities? My daughter has dual citizenship. I was told she maybe be able to go to school for a lot less money than in the US because the Swiss government pays for some of the schooling.
The people here have made very good points. What is she planning to study?
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My daughter will be graduating from HS next year and was interested in going to school in Switzerland. Does Switzerland have good colleges/universities? My daughter has dual citizenship. I was told she maybe be able to go to school for a lot less money than in the US because the Swiss government pays for some of the schooling.
Hello,

Just wondering what was the outcome of your daughters endevours? I am also a recent high school grad who wants to gain a degree in switzerland. any hints?
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Hello,

Just wondering what was the outcome of your daughters endevours? I am also a recent high school grad who wants to gain a degree in switzerland. any hints?
Rather than bumping a 2 year old thread, have you looked at this recent thread of yours ?

USA Citizen Wishes to go to College in Zurich
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