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Switzerland Study Abroad

Study Abroad in Switzerland

Studying Abroad in Switzerland is available in a variety of different forms.

Switzerland Overview

Although small in size in comparison to its European neighbors, Switzerland more than makes up for this fact with its breathtaking mountains, interesting mix of cultures and culinary delights. Surrounded by Germany, France, Italy, Austria and Liechtenstein, it has a large German-speaking population to the north (about 66%), and smaller French-speaking area to the west (18%) and Italian to the south (10%). In the isolated mountain valley areas, mainly in Graubunden, a fourth language called Romansch is spoken by about 1% of the population.

The majestic Alps, which cover approximately 60% of the countrys land, are famous for climbing, skiing, snowboarding, biking, hiking and other fun activities. Swiss cuisine borrows its culinary traditions from German and French cuisines. Some commonly eaten foods are rosti (crispy, fried and shredded potatoes), meat or cheese fondue, and raclette (cheese that is melted and then served on boiled potatoes with or without meats, gherkins and vegetables) to name only a few. In addition to cheese, Switzerland is known for its chocolate.

Lindt & Sprungli Chocolate Factory- This parent company of Ghirardelli Chocolate in San Francisco is located west of Zurich, in a town called Kilchberg. They have a free museum with extensive notes written in English, videos of the chocolate making process and generous free chocolate samples given at the end of your visit. Call ahead before visiting the factory because their hours vary.

Geneva Lake- Located between the Alps and Jura Mountains on both Swiss and French borders, this lake has been a favorite theme among writers, most notably Rousseau and Byron, because of its picturesque beauty. The northern Swiss shore is recognized by its sloping vineyards and orchards, and numerous resorts and villas are situated around the lake in general. Two large lakeside cities are Montreux and Lausanne. The lake itself is known for its deep blue and remarkably clear waters.


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