Academic Resources

Studying in the United States

Studying abroad has become increasingly popular in the past few years, and the United States continues to be among the preferred destinations for many students. The world-famous universities and institutions in Boston and Cambridge, such as the Massachusetts Institute for Technology MIT, and Harvard University, are major players in defining educational excellence; they consistently lead worldwide university rankings. In addition, there are many other fantastic schools in the Boston area, such as Boston University, Boston College, Tufts University, Berklee College of Music, and many more. To see how U.S. colleges compare, visit U.S. News and World Report, a guide that ranks higher educations institutions in the U.S.


If you are interested in studying in the United States, make sure to contact the International Office at your home institution. They will be able to tell you who your university has contracts with, and about its application process for a semester abroad. For example, the University of Bern, the University of Zurich, the University of Fribourg, and the University of Lausanne are all part of ISEP, an international student exchange program. Other schools may use other programs or have programs of their own established.


If you are thinking about graduate studies in the U.S., you might find these websites helpful:


> GradTrain predicts your chances of getting into a U.S. school and connects you with mentors who have successfully applied to these universities.

> is designed to help you find colleges and universities that fit your career goals.


Alumni in Boston

As the centers of educational excellence, Boston and Cambridge attract many former students from Swiss universities. Swissnex in Boston is proud to be connected to all of the Alumni chapters of Swiss universities present in the area.

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Research and Funding Opportunities in Switzerland

Switzerland is home not only to excellent universities, but it also offers prime research opportunities to people from all over the world. Researchers and Ph.D. students can also benefit from several funding sources.

General Information

My Science: The Swiss Portal for Research and Innovation
Swiss National Science Foundation

Research Institutes

ETH Zurich
Paul Scherrer Institut
Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research 
Materials Science and Technology
EAWAG Aquatic Research
Swiss National Supercomputing Centre
Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research
Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics
Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

Funding and Scholarships

ThinkSwiss Research Scholarships and Summer School Grants
For US students: Fulbright U.S. Student Program
Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation
Fondation Marguerite – (for EPFL students to do a master project in the United States)
Fondation Hubert Tuor
Fondation Butticaz – (only for women in Switzerland to study abroad)