Do you know that tuition fees of Swiss universities are relatively low compared to other European countries? You can enrol at a Swiss university for as little as $1,500 a year. Switzerland is therefore one of the best options for foreign students who wish to continue their studies in Europe. In addition, there are Swiss scholarships for foreign students that help pay tuition fees and living expenses.
Swiss Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Students
Each year, the Confederation awards federal scholarships of excellence to promote international exchanges and research cooperation between Switzerland and more than 180 countries. The scholarship is open to postgraduate researchers from all disciplines (minimum master’s degree) who wish to come to Switzerland for research, doctoral or postdoctoral studies. The scholarship covers a monthly payment, tuition waiver, medical insurance, airfare, accommodation allowance, etc.
ETH Excellence Scholarships
ETH Zurich supports excellent ETH students and students from other universities (national and international) who wish to pursue master’s degrees in ETH through two scholarship programs: the Scholarship and Opportunity for Excellence (ESOP) Program, which covers students’ full tuition and living expenses, and the Master’s Scholarship Program (MSP), which offers a partial scholarship and an attendance scholarship.
University of Lausanne Master’s Scholarships for Foreign Students
The University of Lausanne in Switzerland offers scholarships to foreign students who wish to study for a master’s degree at the University through the UNIL master’s scholarships. The amount of the grant is 1,600 Swiss francs per month, from 15 September to 15 July, for a period not exceeding the statutory minimum duration of the programme.
EPFL Excellence Grants
The Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) offers a limited number of Master’s level scholarships to students with excellent academic records. Anyone applying for an EPFL master’s degree is eligible. For external candidates, each scholarship consists of a financial package of 16,000 Swiss francs per academic year plus the reservation of a room in student accommodation.
Scholarships from the Geneva University Institute
The Institute invests considerable resources in financial assistance to attract talented researchers from all over the world, regardless of their origin and financial capacity. While other institutions generally only offer discounts on tuition fees, the Institute also offers a large number of scholarships of 20,000 Swiss francs each. Financial assistance can take the following forms: a full scholarship of CHF 20,000; a partial scholarship of CHF 10,000; a merit scholarship based on academic excellence; it can be combined with a paid teaching assistant position or a reduction in tuition fees, as required. In all cases, an annual tuition fee of 1,000 Swiss francs is charged. A number of special scholarships are available to students who meet the specific eligibility criteria found at this link.
University of Geneva Master’s Scholarships
The Science Faculty of University of Geneva, in partnership with several sponsors, has come together to established a scholarship programme of excellence to support exceptional and highly motivated candidates who wish to pursue a master of science degree in one of the disciplines covered by the Faculty. The Excellence Scholarship consists of a scholarship of between 10,000 and 15,000 Swiss francs per year.
Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Scholarships
The Geneva Academy are offering full and partial scholarships for its Masters in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (LLM) and its Masters in Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and Rule of Law (M TJ). The full scholarships cover tuition and living expenses in Geneva for 10 months. Partial scholarships cover tuition.
IMD MBA Scholarships
IMD are offering a good number of scholarship programs for international students from different countries and backgrounds. Each scholarship programme awards between 25,000 and 50,000 Swiss francs.