Swiss universities enjoy considerable public funding, making fees seem very reasonable compared with those charged at universities in the United States or Britain.
Fees vary between universities and programmes but there is often little to no difference in fees charged for Swiss students and foreign students. However, the universities of Fribourg, Lausanne, Lucerne, Neuchâtel, St Gallen, Zurich and Lugano (USI) do charge extra tuition fees for foreign students.
But while course fees compare favourably with other countries, there is no denying that the cost of living in Switzerland is very high. Living expenses for students can range from CHF20,000 ($20,000) up to CHF30,000 a year, although as this breakdown from the University of Fribourg points out, it “depends on the lifestyle you lead”. Here are similar guidelines from Zurich’s Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), which comes to a slightly higher total, probably since Zurich is one of the most expensive cities in the world.