Top 10 Scholarships in Switzerland for International Students



Did you know that tuition fees at Swiss universities are relatively low compared to other European Countries? You can enrol at a Swiss University for as low as $1,500 a year. This makes Switzerland one of the top choices for international students looking to pursue studies in Europe. Moreover, there are available Swiss scholarships for international students that help towards tuition fees and living costs.


Swiss Government Scholarships for International Students »


Swiss Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Students
The Swiss Government, through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS), awards various postgraduate scholarships to foreign scholars and researchers:  University scholarships (Swiss universities, Federal Institutes of Technology as well as Universities of Applied Sciences) and Arts scholarships (schools of music and fine arts, only for a limited number of countries).  These scholarships provide graduates from all fields with the opportunity to pursue doctoral or postdoctoral research in Switzerland at one of the public funded university or recognized institution. The scholarship covers a monthly payment, exemption of tuition fees, health insurance, air fare, housing allowance, etc.

Erasmus Mundus Scholarship Programs in Switzerland
Swiss Universities participate in quite a number of study programs which are funded by Erasmus Mundus Scholarships.  The scholarships allow international students to pursue a participating Erasmus Mundus study program for free at participating Swiss Universities.


Swiss Universities that offer Scholarships for International Students »


ETH Excellence Scholarships
ETH Zurich supports excellent students both from the ETH and from other universities (national and international) wishing to pursue a Master’s degree at ETH with two scholarship programmes: the Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Programme (ESOP) which covers the full study and living costs of the students and the Master Scholarship Programme (MSP) wherein students receive a partial stipend and the offer of an assistantship.

University of Lausanne Master’s Grants for Foreign Students
The University of Lausanne in Switzerland offers scholarships to international students who wishes to pursue a Masters Degree at the University through the UNIL Master’s Grants.  The amount of the grant is CHF 1,600.- per month from 15 September to 15 July, for a duration not exceeding the regulation minimum period of the programme.

University of Bern Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Students
The University of Bern Masters Grants are for international students who wish to do a Master’s programme at the University. The grant consists of CHF1,600 per month for the duration of the Master’s programme.

EPFL Excellence Fellowships
Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) offers a limited number of fellowships at the Master level to students with outstanding academic records. Anyone applying to an EPFL Master’s Program is eligible. For external applicants, each fellowship consists of a financial package of CHF 16,000 per academic year plus reservation of a room in students accomModation.

Graduate Institute Scholarships
A significant number of scholarships are awarded each year to students attending Master and PhD programmes at the Graduate Institute Geneva.  All candidates to the Institute’s regular Master and PhD programmes are eligible to apply.  Full scholarships generally amount to CHF 18,000 per year and include an exemption of the Institute’s tuition fees. Some full scholarships are awarded subject to specific conditions (duration of study and/or geographical origin of students).  Excellence scholarships that cover the cost of the annual tuition fees are also available for academically excellent students, irrespective of their financial needs. For a full list of the specific scholarships awarded by the Institute, please click here.

See also Global South Scholar-in-Residence Programme which is open to outstanding young professors from universities from developing and emerging countries pursuing advanced research in areas bridging the fields of international and development studies, broadly defined, and working in disciplines such as anthropology, history, law, politics and political science, and economics.

University of Geneva Excellence Master Fellowships
The University of Geneva Faculty of Science, in collaboration with several sponsors, has established an Excellence Fellowship Program to support outstanding and highly motivated candidates who intend to pursue a Master of Science in any of the disciplines covered by the Faculty.  The Excellence Fellowship consists of a grant amounting to CHF 10,000 to CHF 15,000 per year.

IMD MBA Scholarships
IMD offers a number of scholarship programs for international students from different countries and backgrounds including Jim Ellert MBA Scholarships for Africa, Central & Eastern Europe, and Southeast Asia, IMD MBA Future Leaders Scholarships, and Nestle MBA Scholarships for Women. Each scholarship program awards around CHF 25,000-50,000.


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