Living in Switzerland

Living in Switzerland

Study in Switzerland

In the heart of Europe – close to all the major European capitals – with stunning scenery, quality of life and an international, multicultural environment to savor, Switzerland is the perfect location to study, work and live.

Nominated by the U.S. News-researched 2018 Best Countries Report as being a best country to live in because of its economic influence and power, citizenship and quality of life, Switzerland is dynamic and connected.

It offers a cosmopolitan life-style and the perfect mix of business, research and education. Being based at the American University in Switzerland in La Tour-de-Peilz, you are never far from anywhere and have access to major companies and organizations and some of the best recreational, shopping and entertainment facilities in Europe.


While Switzerland has a long history in watchmaking and banking, it is also a major center for world-class facilities offering advancement in research and technology.

With major international businesses such as the Nestlé headquarters in Vevey and offices in La Tour-de-Peilz and Vevey, there are plenty of opportunities for networking and career advancement. For those who are sports-minded, the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee and UEFA are in the region along with plenty of other major international sports federations and associations.


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Living in Switzerland – Center of Europe

Switzerland’s location in the middle of Europe is close to all the major European capitals – Rome, Madrid, Paris, London, Berlin, Brussels, Amsterdam and of course Bern. Only three hours from Italy’s fashion capital Milan, and the European Parliament in France’s Strasbourg, illustrates the easy options available for visiting other major cities as well, including Geneva with its international business and banking links.

The impeccable public transport service in Switzerland accentuates the ease at how one can get around so why wouldn’t you take the opportunity? With sustainability such a key topic in today’s world, it certainly makes environmental sense.

AUS’s location in La Tour-de-Peilz, just next to Montreux, is an attraction in itself with the summer months bringing the best out of the Swiss Riviera with the world coming to such famous events as the Montreux Jazz Festival and the once in a generation Fête des Vignerons.

Outdoor Living

Among its many charms, Switzerland’s scenery tops it all.  Stunning Lake Geneva lends itself to great boating and swimming and of course the mountains are there for memorable hiking, skiing and snowboarding. Students are eligible for an inexpensive year-long ski pass to some of the world’s best slopes. From Zermatt to St. Moritz, Switzerland is a Mecca for winter sports enthusiasts.

Take a tour of historic castles and serene villages. Travel up gondolas and view jaw-dropping mountain vistas. Enjoy the local cuisine and take a trip to Evian to sample its water. Switzerland provides the ideal balance for focusing on study and taking advantage of nature’s greatest gifts.

International and Cosmopolitan

Switzerland offers an international and multi-cultural experience like no other. There are three major languages – French, German and Italian – with English widely spoken which makes an easy atmosphere whether you’re studying with classmates, enjoying the many leisure opportunities or making friends and business contacts.

Being a focal point for many cultures, Switzerland is where diversity comes together. With more than 80 museums and the UNESCO World Heritage Site on the doorstep of La Tour-de-Peilz, it provides an enriching experience which can only have positive advantages in preparing you for the business of tomorrow and enhancing the world of business and education.

Obtaining a Swiss Sim Card

AUS has an exclusive arrangement with one of Switzerland’s mobile phone and internet providers – Salt – where AUS students can take advantage of special rates. Please contact for more details.

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