Living in Switzerland as Student in 2024 Asan Pawa

Let’s take a closer look at tuition and living expenses in Switzerland:

Tuition fees in Switzerland

In Switzerland, both EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA students pay the same tuition fees at most public universities (with a few exceptions listed further below). For Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, students pay between 400–3,700 EUR per year.

Private universities are much more expensive. Their tuition can go over 40,000 EUR per academic year. But not all study programmes cost that much; it depends on the discipline and the university.

Students who come to Switzerland on an exchange programme don’t pay any tuition fee. At universities from Fribourg, Lucerne, Neuchatel, St. Gallen, Zurich, and Lugano, you can encounter 2 different situations:

  • only non-EU/EEA students pay higher tuition
  • both EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA students pay higher tuition compared to local (Swiss) students

Accommodation, food and other expenses

Switzerland is one of the most expensive countries in Europe, but every penny is worth it, thanks to the high standard of living and the high average salaries. To live there as a student you need to budget around 1,300–1,700 EUR per month.

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