Studies abroad in Switzerland
Education Travel for Students and Adults
Switzerland may be a small country at the
heart of Europe but expect to be surprised by its tremendous contrasts. Whether
you fancy mountains, urban life or alpine pastures, from French-Speaking to
German-Speaking Switzerland, not to forget Ticino, this tiny nation offers a
wide variety of landscapes, cultures and ways of life that are yours to
Switzerland is divided in three linguistic and cultural areas (German, French and Italian) to which can be added the Romansh speaking valleys in the East.
Whereas Bern is the capital city, Geneva is home to many international organizations such as UNO, the Red Cross, or the World Trade Organization. But Switzerland is also famous for its many ski resorts: Leysin, Crans Montana or Verbier in the French speaking area, Zermatt, Gstaad or Grindelwald in the German speaking area, all famous resorts highly prized by skiers from all around the world.
On the German speaking side Zurich is the major city but smaller towns like Zug, Lucerne or Basel are far from being dull and have their own individual charms, Zug and its lake, Lucerne and its famous bridge, or Basel and its architecture. One should not overlook the Rütli meadow where the legendary oath of the Rütlischwur first occurred in August 1291, unifying Uni, Schwytz and Unterwalden, areas that were to become the Old Swiss Confederacy. Traditions live long in these three little rural cantons of Central Switzerland where the Oath is re-enacted every August the 1st.
Ticino, the southernmost canton of Switzerland, is the sole canton in which Italian is the official language. It is considered with parts of the canton of Graubünden as the Italian Switzerland. Throughout the ages this little area has remained under strong Italian influences. Its southerly positions grant Ticino the sunniest and warmest climate in Switzerland and its main cities (Lugano, Locarno or Ascona) are most pleasant.
Rest assured that Switzerland is one of the greatest places to learn German.