Discover Switzerland your way with ESL

If you want to learn German or French, you need to totally immerse yourself in your language of choice. And there's no better place to do this than an ESL language course in Switzerland.

Discover Switzerland your way with ESL
Photo: Henry Mühlpfordt

Do you want to fly off to new countries? Find new job opportunities ? Switzerland is the ideal destination to explore breathtaking landscapes, meet welcoming people and build your professional career.

Before leaving and settling for good, try studying the language on the spot. A language course in Switzerland will then enable you to immerse yourself in German or French.

In addition to learning the language, travelling to Switzerland is a fantastic opportunity to discover a beautiful country that draws many visitors from all over the world.

For 15 years, the ESL – Language studies abroad agency has specialised in arranging language courses abroad. We are committed to meeting your needs through tailor-made programmes in more than 20 languages in 200 destinations on five continents.

We provides courses for all ages and levels to satisfy different needs. If you are interested in taking an intensive German or French programme, we will find a course suitable for  your level, from beginner to advanced, whatever the duration of your stay.

The primary objective of our courses is to enable you to discover the language of your choice and acquire communication skills for everyday living. 

We also offer courses that are specially designed for executives and professionals and meet specific needs. Business courses in mini-groups provide the optimal environment for making rapid progress while networking with other professionals.

That's just one reason why they are in such high demand – you can improve your language and professional skills in a relaxed setting and in accordance with your own goals. 

You can study the language of your choice in some of the greatest cities in Switzerland, such as the idyllic city of Montreux on Lake Geneva’s shores, Lausanne or Zürich.

Not only will your enjoy daily contact with friendly and welcoming people, you'll make considerable language progress at the same time.

If you have children, they can benefit from our summer camps in Leysin specially designed for teenagers. The exciting cultural and sports activities as well as themed evenings will remain etched in their memories for life. The camps will leave them confident and prepared for moving to Switzerland. 

For further information on language programmes, visit our website ESL – Séjours linguistiques. If you have questions or need advice, do not hesitate to contact us – we’ll be happy to answer your questions in English. 

ESL – Language studies abroad (Head Office)
Grand-Rue 50 
Case postale 1204
1820 Montreux 1
Tel: +41 (0) 21 962 8880
Email: [email protected]

ESL – Language Schools
Grand-Rue 42  
Po Box 1206 
1820 Montreux 1
Tel: +41 (0) 21 621 8888
Email: [email protected]


Why ETH Zurich has been ranked the ‘best university in continental Europe’

A new international survey of universities has ranked Zurich’s Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) the highest in the world outside the US and the UK. How does this school excel?

Why ETH Zurich has been ranked the 'best university in continental Europe'
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The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2022 have placed ETH in the 15th place (out of 1,600 surveyed worldwide). The school dropped from the 14th-place ranking the previous year.

Universities in the United Kingdom and the United States hold all of the top rankings ahead of ETH Zurich.

But as the top 14 are not in continental Europe, this means ETH has the unofficial title of the of best in Europe.

What is ETH and what does it do?

It is a public research university focusing exclusively on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics

It has a “sister” school located in Lausanne, the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), which specialises in natural sciences and engineering. 

The EPFL ranked in the 40th place in the survey.

Why has ETH scored so high in the study?

“Our strategy is derived from our federal mandate to conduct fundamental research, train specialists and transfer new knowledge to the economy and society,” said ETH President Joël Mesot.

University ranking methodology is based on scores for high-​level indicators relating to teaching, research, international perspective, and collaboration with industry.

“ETH’s overall scores show improvement in teaching, research, and publication citations”, the university’s rankings expert Paul Cross said.

However, it dropped slightly in terms of industry income and international outlook.

“Competition is fierce at the top tier of the rankings”, Cross noted. 

Here are some interesting facts about ETH:

  • It was founded in 1855 by the Swiss government to train engineers and scientists.
  • Today 18,000 students from over 100 different countries study at ETZ, 3,800 of whom are doctoral students.
  • So far, 21 Nobel Prizes have been awarded to researchers who have or had a connection with ETH Zurich.
  • While tuition in the top-ranking schools in the UK — Oxford and Cambridge — costs well over 10,000 francs each year, and in the in the US universities, such as Yale, Harvard, Stanford and Caltech, the annual tuition exceeds 50,000 a year, at ETH it is 1,460 francs.

In all, Switzerland is home to seven of the world’s top universities. Aside from ETH and EPFL, they are University of Zurich (75th place), University of Bern (101st), Universities of Basel and Geneva (103rd), University of Lausanne (176th).

Complete ranking can be seen here.

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