About Switzerland

Switzerland is situated in Western Europe , with Bern as the seat of the federal authorities. Switzerland is a landlocked country geographically; spanning an area of 41,285 km, The Swiss population of approximately 8 million people is concentrated mostly on the Plateau, where the largest cities are to be found.

Zurich, Basil, Bern, Lugano and Geneva the major cities in Switzerland. Zurich and Geneva has respectively been ranked as the cities with the second and eighth highest quality of life in the world. It has the world’s nineteenth largest economy by nominal GDP and the thirty-sixth largest by purchasing power parity. It is the twentieth largest exporter and eighteenth largest importer of goods.

The Swiss climate is generally temperate but mostly very pleasant.

Switzerland has a stable, prosperous and high-tech economy. In 2011, it was ranked as being the wealthiest country in the world in per capita terms. It has the world’s nineteenth largest economy by nominal GDP and the thirty-sixth largest by purchasing power parity. It is the twentieth largest exporter, despite its size.

Switzerland is home to several large multinational corporations. The largest Swiss companies by revenue are Glencore, Gunvor, Nestlé, Novartis, Hoffmann-La Roche, ABB, Mercuria Energy Groupand Adecco. Also notable are UBS AG, Zurich Financial Services, Credit Suisse, Barry Callebaut, Tetra Pak and The Swatch Group.

General Facts of Switzerland

Language: German (65%), French (18%), Italian (10%), Raetoroman (1%)

Currency: Swiss Franc

1 Swiss Franc = Rs.60

Capital : Bern

Cities: Zurich, Basil, Bern, Lugano and Geneva

Religion: Christianity, Islam.

Climate: Temperate, but varies with altitude; cold, cloudy, rainy/snowy winters; cool to warm, cloudy, humid summers with occasional showers

Population: 8 million people

Ethnic Groups: Germanic, French, Italian, and Rhaeto-Romansh

ISD Code: 41

Study in Switzerland

International Academy is an authorized recruitment consultant for many Switzerland Universities, Colleges and representing most of the New Zealand education sectors.

The Switzerland and education and training system include four main sectors: Universities, vocational education and training institutes, schools and English language training institutes.

Switzerland has an international reputation as a provider of quality education. Switzerland offers a safe learning environment with excellent study opportunities and support services for international students. Courses are available for academic, professional and vocational studies at universities, polytechnics, private training establishments, Language Schools and secondary schools.

Students are advised to enroll in courses approved by the Switzerland Qualifications Authority for which the issuing of student visas has been approved. These courses meet international standards and are recognized world-wide.