An official press release revealed that more than half of Swiss students reported difficulties with their studies.
According to the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), about 57 percent of students have difficulties with their studies; 33 percent reported issues with course content, and 24 percent cited a lack of motivation as the main concern, TheSchengen.com reports.
Moreover, difficulties with financial or personal aspects were also evident, with 17 percentage points per issue. While students over the age of 30 reported fewer difficulties with the content of their subjects, they also reported experiencing financial and personal problems. Students with parents without a post-secondary education, who represent 7 percent of all students, reported more difficulties during their studies.
10% of students are considering dropping out
The survey, conducted in 2020 and reflecting pre-pandemic statistics, showed that students who describe their health as moderate, poor or very poor, are more likely to consider giving up their studies (17 percent).
On the other hand, students with parents without post-secondary education, those with financial difficulties, 80 percent of employees to some degree and students over 35 are more likely than average (nine percent) to plan To leave their studies, regardless of department.
Social interaction with faculty members in the department varies
About 75 percent of students of applied sciences, medicine, pharmacy, technical sciences, and economics claim to get along well with professors, but more often than the average (61 percent) of friends with their teachers have fellow students.
Conversely, students in the humanities and social sciences revealed that more of them got along with teachers, and far fewer of them had friends among their fellow students.
“By contrast, law students often say they get on well with teachers and that they have friends among fellow students. A different picture emerges in FH/PH. There, students in all departments report more than average that they do well. With teachers, the survey results come out.
However, in addition to these issues, EU students, including students from Switzerland, are dealing with confusion and uncertainty regarding their studies because the majority of universities in the EU as well as globally have made testing and vaccination mandatory.
According to the Erudera Vaccine Required Checker, which identifies universities that require vaccination or test certificates globally in order for students to attend classes, the list of universities in Switzerland that require such documents includes:
Hotel School of Lausanne Caesar Ritz Colleges Switzerland University of Economics Freiburg University of Applied Sciences Freiburg