Homecountry CH/LI

CH is our country code and means: Confoederatio Helvetica

That’s the official version! But in fact we think it stands for CHocolate and CHeese! Cultural diversity: Switzerland is a country known for its cultural diversity. It has four official languages (German, French, Italian and Romansh). In a relatively small area, one can experience different cultural traditions and practices. Some are adapted to mountain life, others urban, all are exciting.

High-Quality Education: Switzerland is renowned for its high-quality education system. As an exchange student, you have the opportunity to attend top-notch high schools.

Scenic beauty: Switzerland is famous for its breathtaking natural beauty. The Swiss Alps, picturesque villages, beautiful lakes, some of which are pristine, and much more, provide an excellent backdrop for your exchange. Outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking and biking are easily accessible.

Safety and Stability: Switzerland is one of the safest and most stable countries in the world. This provides a secure environment for your exchange, making it a reassuring choice for both students and their parents.

Multilingual skills: In Switzerland, it is very easy to find contact with several national languages. This can greatly improve your language skills. Whether you want to learn German, French or Italian, immersion in the language can open many doors for you.

International networking: Switzerland is a hub for international organizations, including the United Nations and various NGOs. If you are interested, it offers you unique opportunities to get informed, meet people from all over the world and participate in discussions about global issues.

Cultural richness: Swiss culture is rich in traditions, music, sports, festivals and cuisine. As an exchange student, you will have the opportunity to participate in cultural events, taste many Swiss delicacies, not only chocolate and cheese, and learn more about local customs.

Travel opportunities: Switzerland’s size, well-functioning public transportation and safety, give you plenty of opportunities to explore Switzerland on your own as well. Switzerland’s central location in Europe makes it easy to explore neighboring countries. With your host family or Rotary Club, there are always opportunities to take weekend trips to France, Germany, Italy or Austria and learn about different European cultures. At the end of the exchange year, a travel agency offers a optional European tour for our inbound.

Life skills: As an exchange student in Switzerland, you can develop independence, adaptability and intercultural competence. Switzerland offers you the unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a diverse, safe and culturally rich environment while gaining valuable life experiences and skills.

Overall, being an exchange student in Switzerland offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a diverse, safe, and culturally rich environment while gaining valuable life experiences and skills.

Conditions

We welcome you to Switzerland as an Inbound student for this life-changing year.

Age
you will be accepted as an exchange student, if you are between 15 and 18 years with your arrival.

Arrival
arrival window for August Inbounds is the second week of August – for January Inbounds it is the second week of January.

About language
Learning German is not easy. In Switzerland it is even more difficult, because you learn High German but all the people around you speak Swiss German – which is quite different. Good preparation, good learning skills and motivation will help you over this hurdle. With Rosetta Stone learning program we provide you with an online tool so you can start learning the language soon.

About school
It will be difficult to find a place for you, when you have already finished school in your homecountry. Swiss school is said to be rather demanding. Your teacher expect you to attend each lesson and to be as active as possible. You do not need to pass exams but you might be told to write it. Generally Swiss schools do not issue marks and you will not get grades that can be used in your homecountry. You might go to reach your school by foot or take a bike.

About  hostfamilies
You can expect to have 2-4 hostfamilies. The school you attend will remain the same. Swiss hostfamilies expect you to be interested in the swiss culture and history as well as the family life and participate in family events. You can expect to take over some jobs in the household. A typical Swiss family will take you out to explore the fantastic nature and scenery hiking or biking.

About the programm
Besides several activities offered by your Rotary Club, you can expect to be invited by Rotex for a fall-event, a winter-event and a spring-event. We also organize each year in November a weekend for the whole exchange groupe in Zermatt – close to the Matterhorn. In May/June you will be invited to join a Debriefing event.

Visa
Depending on your homecountry you might need a visa. Because Rotary Switzerland / Liechtenstein has good connections to the migration department, we are able to offer you an easy visa process. You can expect assistance when applying for a visa.

Emergency Fund
No emergency fund will be required from you.

Tours, Trips
You will be invited to join a 17-days Europe-Trip on your own expenses. This trip is organized and carried out by Belo-Europe.

Payment

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