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  • Switzerland
    Living in Europe | Access to the culture of the host country/language courses

    Schweiz, Suisse, Svizzera, Svizra! Switzerland is the smallest country in Western Europe with a surface area of 41'300 km2. Located in the heart of Europe, it shares borders with Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Liechtenstein. Since early in the history of this state its geographical position has...


  • Switzerland
    Living in Europe | Accommodation

    The current tight market for vacant apartments means that it can be relatively difficult to find the perfect match, above all if you plan to settle in Geneva or Zurich, so make sure to start looking for your place to live well in advance. How can I find an accommodation? As a starting point visit...


  • Switzerland
    Living in Europe | Access to the culture of the host country/language courses, Banking

    Banking In order to open a Swiss bank account, you will need your passport and residence permit. This means that you cannot open an account immediately on arrival, so make sure you have either adequate cash or an ATM card from your bank at home. Banks are usually open from 9 am to 5 pm. ATMs can be...


  • Switzerland
    Living in Europe, Working in Europe | Entry conditions/visas

    Pets Pets are defined as animals accompanying their owners or a person authorised by the owner. They may not be sold or transferred to new owners. The following are considered as pets: dogs, cats, ferrets, rodents and rabbits, birds, reptiles and amphibians, ornamental aquatic animals, invertebrates...


  • Switzerland
    Working in Europe | Career Development

    Systematic and focused career management is becoming increasingly important for both researchers and their employers. It should enable the research institutions to fully use the potential of their human resources and researchers to identify and grasp the number of different opportunities that the...


  • Switzerland
    Working in Europe | Career Development

    The linear career path for researchers is the one talked about. However, 90% of researchers don’t take the linear way up from PhD to full professor but work in different settings at different jobs. Have a look at the report “Junior researcher at Swiss universities: Statistical key figures on working...


  • Switzerland
    Living in Europe | Day care, schooling & family related issues

    In Switzerland, children usually begin compulsory schooling at the age of six/seven. They often attend kindergarten two years before starting school. Childcare options for young children outside the home include crèches, playgroups, day care families or nannies/au pairs. Usually, the gender equality...


  • Switzerland
    Working in Europe | Career Development

    At the higher education institutions in Switzerland, experts provide you as researchers at different career levels with various mentoring programmes and coaching possibilities. In your department, and especially from your supervisor, you receive the closest support in your field and in your specific...


  • Switzerland
    Working in Europe | Career Development

    Courses and workshops are offered to researchers at the HR departments. There is a wide range of courses from project management to leadership skills to academic writing you should not miss checking out. If you need further assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact your local EURAXESS Centre...


  • Switzerland
    Living in Europe, Working in Europe | Entry conditions/visas

    Financial assets There is no restriction to the amounts of liquid funds, i.e. cash, foreign currency and securities (shares, bonds and checques) that can be imported into Switzerland nor do the funds have to be declared. However, the customs authorities are still free to implement measures related...