Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship For 2023


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With the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship, international students from all over the world have the opportunity to pursue their bachelor’s or master’s degree at an accredited university in Switzerland for free! The scholarship provides you with a tuition-free education and all necessary expenses, such as accommodation, meals, health insurance, and study materials. You may also be eligible to apply for additional funds so that you can travel around the country during your time as an exchange student in Switzerland!

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship Detаils:

  • Scholarship Соuntry: Switzerlаnd
  • Total Sсhоlаrshiрs: 500
  • Соurse Level: Mаsters, Рh.D, Роstdос & Reseаrсh Degree
  • Соverаge: Fully Funded & Partial Funded
  • Deаdline: Given belоw

General information

The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship (SSEF) covers expenses for 2 years of study in Switzerland, including tuition fees and Swiss monthly subsistence. It is available to students coming from developing countries who have obtained their bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) after 2023 and are enrolling at a higher education institution in one of Switzerland’s official languages (German, French or Italian).

Applicants must be under 35 years old when they start their studies. This scholarship program began in 2023 and it applies to students starting their bachelor studies during 2023. The first academic year covered by the scholarship will be 2023/2023.


You must meet all of these requirements to be eligible: you must hold citizenship of an English speaking country and possess a good understanding of German, French or Italian. You must have excellent academic achievements (at least 1.8 GPA) and demonstrate outstanding professional and social competencies by providing a CV, certificates, references and any other supporting documents with your application.

You must not have already completed more than one degree from undergraduate study, taught postgraduate courses or received funding from another scholarship program. Swiss government scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis; you will need to provide compelling evidence that supports your application. Your application will be judged based on objective criteria including academic results and language skills, as well as subjective factors such as motivation and personality fit with Switzerland’s culture.

How to apply

The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship was established by Switzerland’s Federal Council in 1991. Its goal is to promote academic excellence and foster cultural exchange by giving exceptional students from around the world an opportunity to study at one of over 100 Swiss institutions of higher education. In recent years, more than 8,500 scholars have received Swiss Government Scholarships.

For example, a South Korean student earned a Ph.D in Biology at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne after receiving a Swiss government scholarship for studying abroad (click here). Recipients enjoy free tuition plus up to $3,500 per month during their stay in Switzerland.

Financial aid

If you’re looking to study abroad, taking out a loan may not be an option. While financial aid can cover tuition and expenses while you’re studying, they won’t help with costs of living or flights and visa fees. So even if your loan should cover most of your education, you may need to work while studying abroad—especially if your parents aren’t willing to pay for it (which is totally fair!).

However, finding employment opportunities in Europe can be difficult; unlike many parts of America and Australia, there aren’t many English-speaking jobs in Europe. One way around this problem could be working as an au pair , where you will live with a host family who will likely teach you at least some German or French.

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship Will cover the following:

  • Tuitiоn Fee wаiver
  • Heаlth Insurаnсe
  • Mоnthly Stiрend
  • Hоusing Аllоwаnсe
  • Rоund Аirfаre Tiсkets
  • Reseаrсh Fund
  • Ассоmmоdаtiоn fees

Other Scholarships

People often underestimate how many opportunities they have to fund their study abroad. Most scholarships require an essay, but they can be found in a variety of places and are not just restricted to one organization. Many times these organizations will even allow you to write your essay about any topic related to their cause.

For example, if you want to study in Cuba, apply for a scholarship through The Department of Foreign Affairs or Global Brigades. By making research across organizations (and actually applying), you can find various opportunities that may pay full or partial costs towards your studies abroad.

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Frequently asked questions

How do I get started?

Applications must be submitted through Study Portal. The first step is to register as a new user, after which you can easily create an application.

How much does it cost?

The program fee for non-EU/EEA citizens varies based on degree type. PhD candidates pay €6,000 ($7,150 USD), Master’s students pay €5,000 ($5,840 USD), and Bachelor’s students pay €4,500 ($5,260 USD). Some scholarships are available to help cover these costs—check out our website to learn more.

How long should my application be?

The minimum length of your application should be no less than 15 pages including bibliography and appendices.

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