Devendra Shintre and Gaurav Singh will be writing about Swiss university life from an Indian perspective.
After receiving numerous applications for the post of swissinfo.ch student blogger advertised in June, Devendra and Gaurav made the cut. They will share in their own words the joys, challenges and realities of being an international student in Switzerland. The blog posts will cover a wide range of topics like securing admission, cultural differences, part-time work, leisure pursuits and living on a tight budget.
I am Devendra, an Indian Masters student at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ). I am an engineer by education but my love for travelling is my passion.
I moved to Switzerland in February 2018 from Pune, India. Fast forward a few months, and here we are! As a foreigner, especially an Indian student, at the beginning, everything felt different. It was a very different culture than mine but slowly and steadily, I got used to Swiss customs and a new language. After that the Alpine nation opened itself to me!
I have got a unique set of experiences as an Indian student studying in Switzerland. I would be more than happy to share them with you!end of infobox
My name is Gaurav Singh and I am from Delhi, India. I am a student of Master of Science in Statistics at the University of Neuchâtel and have been living in Switzerland for two and a half years. As the only Indian my class, I was able to interact regularly with students from other countries including Switzerland, and that helped me to know more about them and their cultures.
I was also fortunate enough to spend a year living with a Swiss family as a paying guest. This gave me a unique insight into Swiss life that I wish to share with you.
As a foreigner in Switzerland, I also experienced some challenges that I had to overcome and some difficulties that seemed unsurmountable at the time. I aim to give you an honest picture of the realities of being an international student in Switzerland.end of infobox