Study Abroad in Switzerland
Switzerland has no natural resources, education and knowledge have become very important resources. Therefore Switzerland claims to have one of the world's best education systems. The most popular of the educational facilities for foreign students, are the Swiss Hospitality Schools. In the past, and even today, people from all over the world visit Europe and Switzerland for its natural beauty and quality of service. This tiny nation with a population of 7 million has 5600 hotels which provide accommodation for more than 35 million guests every year!
Tourism is indeed a very important economic activity in Switzerland. Due to the lack of manpower and the high cost of our labour force, the Swiss hospitality industry not only welcomes a majority of international visitors, but also employs a truly international work force. This is also reflected in hotel management schools, in terms of the curricula offered and the mix in the student population.
Located in various towns and cities across Switzerland, these schools are renowned worldwide for their high standards and are almost a pre-requisite for hospitality students looking for a first class education.
In actual practise,many students - swiss and foreign alike - work alongside their studies to earn pocket money and gain professional experience.For foreign students,the number of weekly work hours is limited to 15,but this is fairly flexible depending on the canton(in Geneva,for example,one can work upto 30 hours per week).Nevertheless,most people will advise you not to take on extra work,since the university work load is already quite heavy,depending on the faculty.
Education in Switzerland
Switzerland has always been a dream destination for many a tourist the world over. The picturesque locales of Switzerland are the favourite shooting spots for many Indian film directors, however in recent years, Switzerland has rapidly evolved as one of the world's top education destinations. In comparison to other popular study destinations like UK, USA, Canada and Australia, Switzerland is a smaller country but the quality of education offered is very high.
Pre-dominantly three languages are spoken in Switzerland: German, French and Italian. There are 12 universities in Switzerland and depending on where they are located, the language of instruction varies. Having said that, in the recent years, there is a conscious effort to attract students who are English language speakers in recognition of the fact that they are the ones who are looking for educational opportunities outside of their home countries. Knowledge of German and French is recommended, however if you identify right kind of programmes which are 100% taught in English, in terms of securing a qualification, you will not have trouble.
Switzerland has a long established and outstanding reputation for excellence in Hospitality education and training. Many of the world's successful hoteliers have been educated in this beautiful and safe country.