Get to know Switzerland

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

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 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.

Explore the Outdoors

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.

Switzerland at a Glance

8.5 million inhabitants

4 Languages (French, German, Italian, Romansch)

60% of the population speaks English

25% of population are foreigners

26 Cantons in Switzerland

4633m, Dufour Peak is the highest point in Switzerland.

18 Swiss Chocolate Companies

450+ different varieties of Swiss Cheese

300+ Ski Slopes

7,123 kilometers of slopes

AUS - Located in the vibrant Swiss Riviera

Montreux Riviera stretches along Lake Geneva from the town of Lutry to Villeneuve. The region with a Mediterranean climate features countless vineyards, historic castles, and vibrant towns that host a wide range of events year-round.

Picturesque sceneries of  Lake Geneva, Montreux and the surrounding towns and cities can be enjoyed from the mountain of  Rochers-de-Naye, accessible ether with an enjoyable hike or mountain train.

The region offers the possibility to do multiple leisure activities and sports such as hiking, paddle boarding and cycling, all surrounded by nature and right round the corner from the AUS campus.

The region’s history comes to life inside the walls of Chillon Castle, where the secrets of an eventful mediaeval past are revealed; visitors can also relive the more recent Belle Epoque era on board of a  CGN (Lake Geneva General Navigation Company) steamer.

Celebrities have always been captivated by this region’s beauty. Stars flock to the Montreux Jazz Festival, whereas Chaplin preferred the tranquillity of his manor house, now converted into a museum.

Innovation in Switzerland

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.

An International Destination

Switzerland offers an international and multi-cultural experience like no other.
With a population of around 8.6 million inhabitants it has four national languages – French, German, Italian and Romansh – English is widely spoken which makes an easy atmosphere whether you’re studying with classmates, enjoying the many leisure opportunities or making friends and business contacts.

AUS, located on the west part of Switzerland is in the French speaking part. 

Sceneries from around Switzerland

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In the heart of Europe, with stunning scenery, quality of life and an international multi-cultural environment to savor, Switzerland is the perfect location to study, work and live’


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