29th May 2018
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Population 8.3 million
Area 41,284 sq km (15,940 sq miles)
Major languages German, French, Italian, Romansch
Major religion Christianity
Life expectancy 81 years (men), 85 years (women)
Currency Swiss Franc
Largest city Zurich
In 2017, Switzerland was once again listed as the best country in the world for attracting, recruiting and retaining top talent. Here are five reasons why it's such a popular study destination for international students.
1. Low fees
Many potential applicants are concerned by Switzerland’s high living costs, but this is balanced out by the fact that Swiss universities are generously supported by the government and so tuition fees are relatively low compared to other EU countries.
2. Great prospects
Switzerland is home to some of the world’s best-ranked institutions and is internationally recognised as a centre for excellence in education, research and innovation. Zurich's Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), for example, is currently ranked the 10th best university in the world and has hosted a whopping 21 Nobel Laureates.
Switzerland is defined by its cultural variety - it is bordered by France, Germany and Italy and has inherited cultural traits from all three countries. In addition, a large proportion of the population is fluent in multiple languages, making it an ideal choice if you want to develop your language skills.
Swiss cuisine is delicious and particularly famous for its cheese fondue, raclette (melted cheese served with potatoes, cocktail gherkins and onions) and rosti (a flat, hot cake made of grated potatoes). And of course, it’s also an ideal destination for chocolate lovers!
4. Beautiful landscapes
Switzerland is famous for it's rolling green fields, crystal-blue lakes and stunning snow-capped alps. Many universities are in fact tucked in the alps, giving you the complete Swiss experience. In addition, the country is perfect for winter sports and students are eligible for an inexpensive year-long ski pass to some of the world's best slopes.
5. Strong international student community
As an international student, you'll be in good company - in the 2016/17 autumn semester, 25% of enrolled students were international. And, as the majority of international students will speak the language of the course you enrol in, language will rarely be a barrier for making friends.