Study computer science in Switzerland from Nigeria; See the admission requirements, Visa, fees, scholarships, and how to apply.
Do you wish to study abroad in a university in Europe renowned for excellence? Do you wish to earn a computer science degree in one of the richest and most beautiful countries in Western Europe? How about studying in a country reputed to have one of the strongest and most vibrant educational systems in the world, plus a well-established IT base? Well, Switzerland is the best place to start from. Nine universities in Switzerland are featured in the QS World University Rankings 2018, all of which rank in the top 550. Currently, seven Swiss universities are in the top 200 in the world. If you wish to study computer science in these prestigious universities, then you need to pay attention and read this article to the end as we take time to dissect what makes Swiss universities tick and what you stand to gain by applying to study computer science in Switzerland.
Overview (advantages and benefits of studying computer science in Switzerland)
- Have access to world-class education
- Be immersed in a multicultural environment
- Switzerland is a land of diverse sports, and if you are the sporty type, you are welcome!
- Swiss society is brimming with numerous social and cultural event, so you always an event to look up to and have fun along the way.
- Boundless scholarship opportunities to choose from
- Feeling of inclusivity while in Swiss society
- High standard of living in one of the richest country in the world
Language of delivery
Switzerland has four official language (French, German, Italian and Romansch), but three (French, Italian and German) are used as languages of instruction in Swiss universities. However, a small number of courses are offered in English, in which international students will have to show proof of English language proficiency to be able to study in the language. For those who wish to study in any of the country’s official languages of instruction (French, German, and Italian), they also have to show proof of proficiency in any of the languages to be eligible.
Top Universities for computer science in Switzerland
Switzerland is home to a number of high profile universities where you can choose to study for your computer science degrees in Europe. Below are the top ten universities in Portugal:
- ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
- Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
- University of Basel
- University of Bern
- University of Geneva
- University of Zurich
- University of Lausanne
- Universität Freiburg / Université de Fribourg
- University of Neuchâtel
- University of St. Gallen (HSG)
Cost of tuition
While tuition fees are the same for both EU and non-EU students, Tuition fees in Switzerland are remarkably low despite it being one of the most prestigious study abroad destinations. At most of the public universities, the annual tuition fee for international students is between £650 and £1,000. Although, it should be noted that cost of living in the country is higher than the European average, at around 1,300 to 1,800 EUR/month to pay for: housing, food, transportation, tuition, supplies and a few leisure activities.
Admission Requirements for Nigerian Students
After filling out the necessary university application forms (usually online), Swiss universities accept the following admission qualifications or their equivalents:
- For a diploma or degree in computer science: A secondary school certificate (WAEC or NECO/GCE or their equivalent) with a high score level in the science subjects will suffice;
- For master’s degree in computer science: A bachelor’s degree in related field, plus CV and statement of purpose.
- Proof of English language proficiency (for those who wish to study in English). This could be either a TOEFL or IELTS certification.
- In most cases, you will take an entrance examination before your application for admission is considered.
Student visa process
You will need a Type D student visa to study in Switzerland. You can only make an application once you have received a letter of admission from a recognized university in Switzerland. Processing time for student visas take anywhere from 6 months prior to when you are to start your study in Switzerland. It takes around 8-10 weeks to process your student visa. Below are the list of requirements you will need to submit at the local Swiss embassy in your home country for the processing of your student visa:
- Letter of admission from an accredited university in Switzerland
- Birth certificate
- Passport photographs
- passport (with validity of at least six months)
- Evidence of financial sufficiency to cover your stay Switzerland (19,200 EUR each year)
- Clean police report
- Proof of round trip flight ticket
- Filled out student visa application form
- Visa application fee (60 euros)
- Proof of tuition fee payment (either a bank draft or evidence of scholarship)
- Proof of proficiency in English (TOEFL or IELTS)
- Proof of accommodation in Switzerland.
- Cover letter, clearly stating reason of visit
- Health insurance (30,000 € coverage within Switzerland and the entire Schengen area)
Scholarships available for the course
Most Swiss universities offer scholarships to international students who choose to study in the country’s institutions. Find some of them below:
- ETH Excellence Scholarships. …
- University of Lausanne Master’s Grants for Foreign Students. …
- Graduate Institute Geneva Scholarships. …
- University of Geneva Excellence Master Fellowships.
You will find more relevant information about this and others on each university’s website.
Duration of study
A first degree in computer science in Switzerland usually takes 3/4 years to finish. For master’s, it’s an 18-24 months program, while a PhD is around three years of intense studies.