Education and Career Mentoring
For those who are Seeking a Master’s or Doctoral Degree from a Swiss University, URPEAK Provides Tailored Support Before, During and After Your Studies.
How We Can Help You
We will assist you in choosing the best study program for your career aspirations. We will also help you with the entire application process.
For Enrolled Students
Upon arriving in Switzerland, we will ensure that your transition into Swiss life is as smooth as possible by helping you organize your administration.
Upon graduation, we will provide you with expert advice and guidance to help you find employment and launch your career.
We will lead you though the entire process of studying at a Swiss university.
We will support you all the way to graduation and even into successful employment.
Our assistance is split into three stages and it is for you to decide at which stage you are confident enough to proceed independently.
- Request initial free consultation
- We will guide you in choosing a university and a study program for your career aspirations
- We will assist you in preparing documents for application
- Submit papers to your selected university
- Upon acceptance to university, apply for a Swiss visa
- We will advise you in finding right accommodation for you in Switzerland
- Prepare for departure to Switzerland
- Upon your arrival in Switzerland, we will meet you and accompany you to your place of living
- We will provide you with information about Swiss regulations, transport, banking and mobile services, as well as important information about your studies
- We will guide you in applying for a Swiss student permit and health insurance.
- We will answer your administrative questions during your studies
- After 6 months, we will advise you in finding a part-time job
- Enjoy your life and studies in Switzerland
- We will provide you with useful careers advice and explore your employment options
- We will advise you in writing a CV and cover letter to gain the attention of prospective employers
- We will guide you in finding and applying for jobs that meet your criteria
- We will provide you with interview coaching to help you secure your dream job
- We can provide additional career guidance and development
List of Swiss
Universities of Applied Studies
- Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz (FHNW)
- Berner Fachhochschule (BFH)
- La Haute Ecole Arc
- La Haute Ecole Fribourgeoise
- Haute école de Genève
- Haute école Valaisanne
- Les hautes écoles du canton de Vaud
- Ecole d’ingénieurs de Changins
- Ecole Hoteliere Lausanne
- Fachhochschule Ostschweiz (FHO)
- Fachhochschule Sankt Gallen
- Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil
- Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft HTW Chur
- Interstaatliche Hochschule für Technik Buchs
- Hochschule Luzern
- Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana (SUPSI)
- Fernfachhochschule Schweiz
- Hochschule für Wirtschaft Zürich (HWZ, University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration)
- Pädagogische Hochschule Zürich (PHZH, Zurich University of Teacher Education)
- Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHDK, Zurich University of the Arts)
- Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften (ZHAW, Zurich University of Applied Sciences)
- Akademikergesellschaft für Erwachsenenfortbildung (AKAD)
Swiss Study Programs
There are plenty of diverse study programs offered by Swiss Universities. These areas of study can be grouped under the following categories:
- Arts, Design
- Computer Sciences
- Economics, Political science
- Engineering and Architecture, Agricultural and Forest Sciences
- Historical and Cultural Sciences
- Language Sciences, Literature, Communication Sciences
- Law, Criminology
- Mathematics and Natural Sciences
- Medicine, Pharmacy, Health
- Social Sciences, social work
- Sport and Physical Education
- Teacher Education, Special Pedagogy, Educational Science
- Theology, Science of Religion
Certain universities are known for having specializations. To find out more about the courses on offer at each one, please visit their respective websites in the first instance.
To be admitted on to a Master’s Degree program, you must have a three-year degree from a recognized international university. Training and further education qualifications (Executive Master, Certificates, Diplomas) are not recognized. Most Swiss universities do not require students to have local language skills (German, French or Italian) as Master’s Degree programs are taught in English.
Admission to Doctorate level study is determined by each respective university and is typically applicant-specific, based on achieved qualifications.
Swiss Doctorate programs assume that candidates already hold a Master’s Degree from a university. However, admission is possible with a Master’s Degree from another type of higher education institution, if the qualification is judged to be sufficient. Candidates should also fulfil any additional requirements set out by the relevant faculty, or graduate school.
Further training qualifications (Master of Advanced Studies, Executive Master), Applied Science, and Teacher Training degrees are not accepted for admission to Doctoral studies.
The Application Procedure
Submitting an Application
Applications are normally submitted online within required deadlines. Applications for the Autumn semester (September – January) are open in January. Applications for the Spring semester (February – August) are open from mid-September, however, only a few programs offer a Spring start. An application fee of CHF 100 should be paid by credit card or through interbank transfer using the account details printed on the invoice. If you choose this option you must include proof of payment and other relevant documents.
Organizing Relevant Documents
Only officially certified copies and translations of documents will be accepted for admission purposes, unless they have been approved by one of the following:
- The Swiss consulate or embassy in the country of origin of the applicant
- Public offices in the applicant’s country of origin that are entitled to endorse documents under The Hague Apostille Convention
Original documents in a language other than French, German, Italian or English must be translated into German or French and these translations must be certified.
Once your application is complete, you will be provided with a list of all the documents required to process your application.
Processing and Decisions
Once we have received all relevant documents, the Office for Admissions and Registration will handle your application and send you a written decision, stipulating the conditions that must be fulfilled for admission.
If you are a citizen of a country that requires you to hold a visa, you must make a Visa application before entering Switzerland. Applications should be made to the appropriate Swiss diplomatic or consular representation in your country of domicile.
The Complementary Examination of Swiss Universities or Language Test
If your admission is subject to passing the Complementary Examination of Swiss Universities exam, or a Language test, you will need to arrive in Switzerland two weeks before the start of the semester to sit the examination.
Presenting the Original Versions of Your Qualifications
In all cases, before the beginning of the first semester, you must present the original versions of your qualifications, either by post, or in person during the opening hours of the Office for Admissions and Registration.
Final Admission Decisions
Once you have fulfilled all the conditions required for admission and presented the original versions of your qualifications, you will receive a final written confirmation of admission.
Payment of Tuition Fees
You will receive an invoice for your tuition fee payment for the first semester, which should be paid within the deadline.
Access to University Facilities and Beginning of Studies
Alongside your invoice, you will receive information about the university facilities and access to your e-Account, which needs to be activated.
Authorization of Your Stay
As soon as you arrive in Switzerland, you are obliged to declare your arrival and to submit an application for authorization to stay in Switzerland to the „Service de la Population et des Migrants“ (SpoMi).
To apply for a residence permit, you need to provide financial evidence, confirming that you will be able to pay the minimum living expenses of CHF 1,500 a month. Typically, the evidence required includes a bank statement, or a written guarantee from the person supporting you, alongside a copy of their passport.
Applications for Doctoral studies may require additional steps. Doctoral students should source a Professor and contact them directly to ask for their consent to supervise their doctoral thesis.
Swiss study fees vary. Some universities require a one-time application fee, whereas other require ongoing semester fees, or a one-off graduation fee. For example, at Geneva university, a Bachelor’s or Master’s student is required to pay CHF 500 each semester, while the university of Italian Switzerland asks for a CHF 4000 graduation fee. The fee for Doctoral studies is significantly lower and ranges from 60 to 1076 CHF per semester. Doctoral students can also expect to receive a salary of around 5000 CHF, or remain independent and finance their studies by themselves.
For students attending a Swiss public university, living costs are typically between CHF 1500 and CHF 3000 per month. International students will benefit from discounted health insurance and lower priced accommodation and meals as provided by the host university.
After 6 months of study, students can start working part-time to cover some of their living expenses. However, there is an established working hours limit of 15 hours per week. The hourly remuneration for such part time work is usually not very high (about 30 CHF/hour), but can still be very helpful.
To find out more about our Education and Career Mentoring Services, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or request a free consultation