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Old 24.03.2010, 19:23
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Re: can my daughter go to University for free?

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tbh - that's not what the link I provided says.
Perhaps not in Switzerland, but that is the case in the UK. The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) says that to qualify as an EU student:
"you must have been ordinarily resident in the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and/or the overseas territories for the three years before the 'first day of the first academic year of the course' "

It's all very complicated.
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Old 24.03.2010, 19:35
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Re: can my daughter go to University for free?

Note to self. Use "quote" to prevent edits that make one look like an idiot. I think that SwissBob must have clarified his post, at the same time I was replying and misconstrued what he said. Ah well.

The original post was responding to the person with the British passport who had had to pay fees. Maybe they'd be living in Brazil in the time previous to their two years in Britain...

Anyway, the point I wanted to make is that if the Swiss introduce foreigner fees, they won't apply to EU residents who've been in the EU for three years or more.
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Old 24.03.2010, 19:57
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.... when the time comes for University , in 6 years, I am wondering if she could attend in the Swiss system for a fraction af the cost in other places.
Thanks everybody.
Difficult to predict the fee structure in 6 years. The Government is in financial distress and under pressure to reduce taxes. They will likely raise fees for residents and make non-residents pay more of the actual cost. The actual cost in ZH is between CHF 30'000 and 50'000, depending on faculty.
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Re: can my daughter go to University for free?

Well, it was in 2000 and I had been living in the UK for two years prior and Switzerland before that.
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Re: can my daughter go to University for free?

I don't know if it would make a difference, since she wouldn't actually be a resident, but if you choose to obtain Swiss citizenship through your marriage, your daughter could also.
We included my daughter from a previous relationship when I applied for Swiss citizenship through my Swiss husband. It was just a matter of filling out a few extra papers.
Good luck to you! We've been wondering about university in Switzerland for our daughter too.
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How is that possible? What's the criteria?
You need to have lived in the UK (and/or if an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen another EU/EEA/Swiss country) for three years prior to beginning studies and you have have lived there for a reason other than purely to study, in order to qualify for home student fees.
http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/fees/status.html

As for language tests: when I started studying for the Licence/LLM/Doctorat at Louvain-la-Neuve I had to take a French test because my prior education had been in English. It was a technicality. A written test followed by a short interview to check the validity of the written test and test for verbal comprehension. The testing person apologised for the embarrassment since it was obvious to her that the test was waste of time in my case. I had lived in French-speaking countries for years and worked in the language.
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Re: can my daughter go to University for free?

Hi!

I am from the States and chose to come to Switzerland first because of my boyfriend, but secondly because the universities are soo cheap! My parents and I deemed it the clearance school. Even as a foreigner, I pay only 4,000CHF per month, which compared to the US is like the cost for one week in college. If you are a Swiss resident, it is still 2,000CHF, but in relation, that is peanuts. However schools in the Swiss German part are cheaper than here, this is the most expensive Swiss university.

I am attending the Universita della Svizzera Italiana, and they have whole masters programs in English, but bachelor programs are in Italian. I know that Bern and Zurich also offer classes in English if she doesn't learn another language fluently by the time she hopefully comes.

Good Luck!
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Re: can my daughter go to University for free?

A 10 year old thread I know but just wondering if this has changed much at all.

our situation could be that he's a Swiss citizen and will be attending school in the UK to do GCSE & A-Levels etc...

He grew up here attended local school until the end of the 6th class and then went onto a bilingual schools until the age of 14.

speaks German

A friend told me that he may only be able to go to uni here if he does a Matura however reading the above, and the time between now and this thread, things may have changed?

whilst he can speak German, his preferred language to study in would be English
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A friend told me that he may only be able to go to uni here if he does a Matura however reading the above, and the time between now and this thread, things may have changed?
If he has a Swiss Matura they can not deny him. If he has a non Swiss education it is by application only and theoretically they could deny admission. On the other hand if a student meets the admission criteria they are usually admitted. For full details see the specific university's admission criteria.

Be aware about the requirements for med and vet schools (which should not be an issue if he Swiss)

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whilst he can speak German, his preferred language to study in would be English
Undergrad is in mostly in German.
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