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To assist with financing your study, please see the following financial aid options.


Canton of Zurich

The Canton of Zurich only offers loans for residents completing continuing education to assist with the cost of living. Please visit the Kanton Zürich Bildungsdirektion (in German only) for more information.

The City of Zurich

The City of Zurich offers loans to persons studying (after one first contacts the Canton) to assist with living costs. Further information and counselling is provided by Laufbahnzentrum der Stadt Zürich, Stipendienberatung (in German only). is specialized in offering investor based loans to persons studying in Switzerland. The financial return of the investor is based upon your projected or actual salary upon completing the program.

Migros Bank

Migros Bank offers private credit (max. 80,000 CHF) in the form of a loan to Swiss citizens as well as foreign residents with at least the residence permit “B” and who have lived at least one year in Switzerland. You must also be employed with an unlimited contract. You have to prove that you can pay back the loan within three years of them granting it to you and have up to five years to do so. With 5.9% interest, they have the lowest rate of all banks in Switzerland if you complete the application online (in German, French and Italian).

Other foundations and scholarships in Switzerland

An index of some foundations (by Canton and general) in Switzerland offering financial assistance can be found here
Another resource for finding an appropriate foundation is

Sino-Swiss Exchange

The Sino-Swiss Exchange offers grants and scholarships to European and Chinese citizens pursuing a Master’s degree. Eligible are persons who have a Bachelor’s degree from a leading university in China or Switzerland, have been accepted to a program and have an interest in Swiss and Chinese cultures and languages.

MBA for Women Foundation

The MBA for Women Foundation provides scholarships and low interest loans to women that have been accepted to an MBA program and demonstrate a need for financial support independent of nationality and country of residence. Please visit their website for contact information to receive application documents.


Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (Federal Ministry of Education and Research)

As a result of the BAföG (Bundesausbilungsförderungsgesetz) the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research offers financial assistance to legal residents of Germany (also applicable for studies outside the country).

Festo Bildungsfonds

Festo Bildungsfonds is an education fund that offers loans (max. 40,000 EUR) for persons pursuing continuing education who have an engineering or technical background. Interest is set at 4%.


CareerConcept offers educational financing thru educational funds with interest rates varying between 5 and 7%. Repayment is set as a percentage of your income upon completing studies.


The information portal offers information roundabout studying and financial aid. You may also contact the Studienbeihilfenbehörde directly for information about scholarships and loans.


For information about receiving scholarships to study abroad, please contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (information online). You may find some additional information on the website of


Swiss Benevolent Societies

The Swiss Benevolent Societies of Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco offer scholarships to Swiss citizens and their direct descendents living in the U.S. who wish to study in Switzerland.


International Scholarship Search

The International Scholarship Search is the premier financial aid, college scholarship and international scholarship resource for students wishing to study abroad.

International Financial Aid and College Scholarship Search (IEFA)

IEFA offers a vast listing of scholarship and load opportunities on their website.


FinAid is a rather comprehensive guide and listing of financial aid resources.

American Association of University Women (AAUW)

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) provides fellowships and grants to women internationally regardless of their origin.

Rotary International

Rotary International offers various scholarships and in particular with the Ambassadorial Scholarship program aims to further international understand and friendly relations among people of different countries.

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