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Switzerland’s two federal technology institutes (ETH Zurich and EPFL) claimed the top two slots in the Times Higher Education ranking of the world’s most international universities; the University of Zurich was ranked 15th. Overall, international students make up 17% of those studying at Swiss universities. The higher the level of study, the more international students in Switzerland. Foreigners constitute 10% of bachelor, 29% of masters and 54% of doctoral students. Students from neighbouring countries Germany, France, Italy and Austria account for the largest share of international students, followed by those from China, Russia and the US. 

International students coming to Switzerland are particularly keen on science-related fields. In fact, there are now almost three times more international than Swiss students studying natural sciences, mathematics and statistics.

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