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The Country:

Switzerland is a small, landlocked country in the heart of Europe. It has a strategic location at the crossroads of central Europe with many easily traversable passes ("Passstrasse", short term "Pass").Switzerland is a major player in international trade and follows a liberal trade policy so, while this is not an ideal market for companies new to exporting, it has potential for more established exporters. The Swiss, who enjoy one of the world's highest levels of income per person, have a taste for well-designed, quality products. The climate is temperate but varies with altitude.

Geography & Climate:

The weather in Switzerland varies greatly between different places. The highest snow received at Rochers de Nave, a mountain near Montreux (VD) with approximately 260 cm per year.


The Swiss currency is called "Schweizerfranken" ("Swiss Francs") or short "Franken". One hundred "Rappen" make up one Swiss Franc. CHF is the ISO representation for Swiss francs; however, the old notation sFr. Is still used quite often.


There are eight Universitäten ("universities") in Switzerland, six of them are run by a canton, and two are run by the confederation. In general, the universities run by the cantons provide non-technical subjects, whereas the universities run by the confederation provide technical subjects. The later are therefore called "Swiss federal institutes of technology". To be able to attend a university, a student must own a graduation diploma. The study at a university usually lasts four and a half years.

Major Cities:

Altenrhein, Basel, Bern Chiasso Chur, Geneva, Lausanne, Lugano, Luzern, St. Gallen, Zürich.


Swiss folk culture includes yodeling, playing the alp horn and Swiss wrestling. Switzerland is a linguistic melting pot with three official federal languages. German mostly spoken by 66% of the population, French by 18% and Italian by 10%.Cheeses form an important part of the Swiss diet. Emmenthaler and Gruyère are combined with white wine to create fondue, which is served up in a vast pot and eaten with bread cubes. Rosti (crispy, fried, shredded potatoes) is German Switzerland's national dish. Fresh fish from the numerous lakes frequently crop up on menus, especially perch and trout. Swiss chocolate, excellent by itself, is often used in desserts and cakes.


Skiing, Basket Ball, Soccer etc.

Cost of Study

Fees are paid on a per semester basis and range any where from Sfr.16, 000 to Sfr.25, 000 with most averaging at around the Sfr.20, 000 mark depending on the school and course selected. Refundable deposits of about Srf.1, 000 plus registration and residence permit fees around Srf.500 add to the basic kitty. Semesters, in hotel management and tourism school parlance, denote six months classroom theory and six months on-the-job internship. Interns, by law are paid a minimum of Sfr.1, 950.


Through the Federal Commission for International Students, the Government provides a small number of scholarships to foreign postgraduates only. These help students undertake research in fields that the Swiss universities are particularly active in. A special programme also exists providing scholarships to postgraduates from central and eastern European countries. Various scholarships are offered through bilateral agreements between governments and/or universities. Candidates should, in the first instance, find out from their own country's authorities whether they are entitled to a state scholarship, or should approach the Swiss Embassy or Consulate in their home country. The universities themselves can supply information about scholarships that they may give.

List of Universities and Colleges in Ireland

  • Benedict International
  • European University
  • Hotel Institute Montreux
  • DCT International
  • International Hotel and Tourism Training Institutes Ltd. (IHTTI)



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