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Three fields to study in Switzerland

Not sure what course to study in Switzerland? Here's why the country is one of the best in the world for the fields of physics, architecture and engineering.

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Being home to the United Nations headquarters, CERN and a huge selection of other global organisations, Switzerland is a very important country for international relations. It is also a genuine world leader in the science subjects at university level, its top institutions are consistently ranked among the best in the world. With that in mind, Switzerland is a very reputable country to study in. Here is our guide to the three best fields to study in the country.



With CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) being based in Geneva, Switzerland is arguably one of the most influential countries in the world when it comes to physics. There are some very impressive physics courses throughout the country, ETH Zurich is ranked number 10 in the world for the subject in the QS University Rankings, and École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is 14th on the same list.


The University of Geneva is also in the top 100, and being just 30 minutes’ drive from CERN, they have great links with the organisation. Some of the CERN projects are even based at the university. If being that close to the world’s biggest particle accelerator doesn’t inspire you in your physics degree, we don’t know what will! Also, over one third of the students at the University of Geneva come from abroad so there will be a lot of people in the same situation as you on your international study adventure.



Swiss architecture is steeped in historical tradition. Le Corbusier, one of the pioneers of the modern architectural movement, was born in a small Swiss town called La Chaux-de-Fonds. Also, Gottfried Semper, a famous architectural author from the 19th Century, was the first ever director of architecture at ETH Zurich. Since then, the university has consistently had one of the best architectural departments in the world. They are currently ranked number five for architecture in the QS World University Rankings. EPFL also rank in the top 25.


Another reason architecture is such an exciting subject to study in Switzerland is because of its ability to provide diverse spaces on which to build. Architect Christoph Gantenbein says that the tunnels, dams and bridges in The Alps is where swiss architecture is at its most powerful. Being so close to Germany, France and Italy means that architecture in Switzerland has varied influences from all three countries, giving their graduates a well-rounded European education in the field.



If you graduate with an engineering degree from a top Swiss university, you put yourself in a brilliant position when it comes to finding a job with a reputable company. Google, IBM and Siemens all have engineering offices in Switzerland. Google’s engineering HQ for the country is even based close to ETH Zurich to make sure they attract the best students from the university.


EPFL is ranked number 12 in the world for engineering and technology on the QS University Rankings, and has been running an exciting project called Blue Brain since 2005. The project, which has received a lot of funding from the Swiss government, is trying to create a digital version of the brain by reverse-engineering mammalian brain circuitry. A lot of reasons to choose engineering as your field of study in Switzerland, then.



Is the course you want to study missing from this list? Don’t worry, we’ve still got you covered. Just have a look at all the courses available in Switzerland by using the search tool.