Go beyond the après-ski chic and Heidi and discover a complex country nestled landlocked in Central Europe. Unlike many other European countries, Switzerland is home to four languages (Swiss German, French, Italian and Romansch), three of which are most commonly spoken across Europe.
With 19 out of 26 cantons (states) speaking German, it is the most widely spoken language in the country. French is spoken in the western parts of the country, while Italian is spoken in only some parts in southern Switzerland. Rumansch is a language, which has no written language of its own, yet is spoken by 0.5% of the Swiss population.
Magnificent architecture and relics of the past often stand in contrast to lush forests, many beautiful lakes and snow-covered mountaintops. The list of enchanting townships is endless and the historic charm of Swiss villages will stay with you long after you return from your exchange to Switzerland.
Switzerland also boasts of famous athletes like tennis world champions Roger Federer and Martina Hingis as well as over 20 Nobel price winners!
Experience Swissness or ‘unity without uniformity", the Swiss’ desire to stay together as a country with distinct linguistic and cultural differences.