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Grants and student loans

Your canton, foundations or private funds can help you to fund your studies or training course.

Swiss students and apprentices can apply for a one-time or recurring subsidy. Student loans must be paid back. Grants do not have to be paid back.

Cantonal funding offices

The education department of each canton has an office responsible for answering questions about educational funding. They also provide addresses of foundations and private trusts.

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists

The Swiss government awards scholarships to researchers from abroad who hold a completed master’s degree or PhD and artists from abroad who hold a completed bachelor’s degree. Interested candidates can apply to the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI.