Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Franklin University in Lugano makes Forbes list

Franklin University Switzerland (FUS) has been included by Forbes in their list of Top U.S. Colleges With Branches Overseas. Also mentioned in the list of twelve universities are NYU’s campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai, Yale NUS, Georgetown University in Qatar, Temple University Japan, and several other notable and prestigious institutions.

According to Franklin President Greg Warden, “Our inclusion in this group demonstrates that Franklin is a leader in international education both as a study abroad destination and as top degree-granting university accredited both in Switzerland and the United States. It is great to be recognized by Forbes for our achievements."

While FUS has its roots in the U.S. and provides a U.S. style of liberal arts education, it actually is an independent Swiss-American university, not a branch campus. It was founded in Switzerland as Franklin College in 1969, and continues to provide a unique, personalized, and international education combining the best of both countries.

It is accredited in the United States by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and in Switzerland by the Swiss Accreditation Council. It counts 337 students from 59 different countries: North America (52.4%), Latin America and the Caribbean (6.3%), Europe (25.3%), Asia (5.0%), Middle East, North Africa, and Greater Arabia (9.7%), Sub-Saharan Africa (1.5%) and Australia and Oceania (0.5%).

For more information, click here: https://www.fus.edu

Sunday, October 14, 2018

7 facts about Swiss education

Education in Switzerland is not only unconventional compared to many other nations but also compulsory. With a wide variety of schools ranging from local Swiss schools to private schools to bilingual schools to international schools, the education standards are extremely high and, much like Switzerland itself, anything but boring.

1.) The education system of Switzerland is largely decentralized. There exists 26 cantons, which are overseen by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI). However, each canton creates and implements its own standards.

2.) Switzerland is ranked number nine out of 65 nations and economies in a recent OECD/PISA survey of educational standards among 15-year-olds.

3.) Most Swiss children (80%) go to local schools which are free and have a great reputation outside of the country. Local schools teach in the language of their cantons, so a foreign child might expect some language tests at the very beginning.

4.) You can find French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and Swedish schools in most of the big cities in the country. In private schools, you can expect extended hours, smaller classrooms, more freedom and more extracurricular activities than in the local schools, however, they can be quite expensive.

5.) Compulsory education lasts for 9–11 years, with some children beginning compulsory education when they are four years old and others at six years, until about 15 years old.

6.) The structure of Switzerland’s system begins with primary education (a sort of kindergarten), then a lower secondary education followed by an upper secondary education, which may even include vocational training. The highest level, tertiary level education, is university level or higher education.

7.) For enrolment in a local primary school, you will need: a birth certificate, health and accident insurance, residence permit and sometimes proof of accommodation (a lease contract can be used).

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Open Day at the Int'l School of Ticino

Well, it looks like the Ticino is in for some competition on the International school market... and it's about time!

The International School of Ticino is committed to providing an excellent International education. They are the first and only accredited International Baccalaureate (IB), Primary Years Programme (PYP) School in Ticino with exciting plans for growth and development as an IB school.

The school now accommodates students from Kindergarten (3 years old) to Grade 5 (11 years old), where the students are facilitated and encouraged to become lifelong learners.

The opening of a new campus in January 2019 will enable the International school of Ticino to open middle and high schools, and will become a candidate school for the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP). This means children from the age of 3-18 will be studying  at the school in the coming years.

The International School of Ticino is a special and exciting place to be and they look forward to welcoming you for a school visit at their open day on October 16th, 2018. Click here for more info:
http://internationalschoolsgroup.it/school/ticino-school/.

Venue: Open Day at the International School of Ticino
Where: International School of Ticino, Via Girella 4, 6814 Lamone
Phone: +41/919710344
Date: Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Higher Education in Switzerland

Applying to colleges and universities is an exciting and revealing experience which gives you a chance to look at who you are, what you value, and what you might want to do with your life. It can also be a complicated, demanding, and time consuming process.  There are counselors to help guide, support, and counsel students and parents as you research schools, make choices, select and visit universities, and complete applications.


StudyinSwitzerland+ is an official website provided by the Rectors’ Conference of Swiss Higher Education Institutions. The new platform is dedicated to international students and their families and offers a complete overview of the university educational offer in Switzerland and many other useful information.

Recognized as one of the best education systems in the world, Switzerland offers, with its 12 universities, 8 universities of applied sciences and 20 high educational schools, over 3’000 degree programs, which more than 700 are taught in English.

In addition to information on educational programs, you will find practical information about living in this multilingual, multicultural country. Welcome to Switzerland!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

De Chasperli isch wieder da

When I was a little girl... I was lucky to own a record player. At Christmas I would ask for story records which I would listen to over and over and over again!

This is for all of you who grew up in the Swiss German part of Switzerland and can relate to these children's tales. It is definitely a blast from the past... and it put a huge smile on my face today!


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Swiss village to become a hotel

There's been a lot of international interest in a Swiss project lately, with visitors keen to immerse themselves into local village life. And in 2017, the project even won the Swiss hotel and restaurant association Gastrosuisse's Hotel Innovation Award. However, there are some question marks as to the feasibility of the project located in the Ticino.

Have you heard of the Fondazione Corippo 1975?

The tiny mountain village of Corippo, arranged higgledy-piggledy on the green slopes of the Verzasca valley, looks like something out of a fairytale. It is effectively Switzerland's smallest municipality.

What was once a thriving farming community of around 300 people has dwindled to just 12 residents, 11 of whom are over 65. Today, the only economic activity in the town is the local osteria, a rustic restaurant.

A local foundation, Fondazione Corippo 1975, has come up with a novel way to save the village: Corippo is set to become the country's first "albergo diffuso," or scattered hotel, which means around 30 of the village's 70 buildings - slate-roofed, built from local Ticino granite, and centuries-old - are to be converted into vacation cottages and hotel rooms.

The first "rustico" cottage, the two-bedroom Casa Arcotti, opened to guests in July 2018, while the hotel is scheduled to open at Easter 2020.

So, I am keeping my eyes and ears open to see what the future brings, meanwhile, check out Valle Vezasca's other "rustici" for rent: www.verzascarustici.ch

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Swiss Tavolata welcomes you!

Ever fancied sampling a traditional Swiss meal with a real Swiss family as your host? With Swiss Tavolata you can do just that. Based on the success of the TV show "Landfrauenküche", Swiss Tavolata allows people to have the unique experience of eating Swiss food in a home environment.

Over 40 people, living on farms or in rural areas throughout Switzerland, have been approved as hosts offering a true Swiss cuisine experience. These hosts, most of whom are women, cook and serve up their dishes in their kitchen, parlour, garden, barn or wine cellar. The unique atmosphere and the wonderful farms and their animals ensure that your SWISS TAVOLATA is an absolutely unforgettable experience.

All you need to do is go online and book a table in a region you'd like to explore.

Apart from the Ticino specialities, I am curious to taste the venison in Susten and the homemade Spätzli in Bergün! What takes your fancy?

Venue: Swiss Tavolata
Where: All across Switzerland
Website: https://www.swisstavolata.ch
Tel: +41 52 232 66 88
The cost of the brunch is CHF 46.- per person and CHF 26.- for children from 4-12 years. Dinner with wine is CHF 96.– per person and CHF 76.- without wine.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Where do Swiss emigrate to?

More than one in ten Swiss lives abroad. The number has more than doubled since 1980. This graphic illustrates that the Swiss don’t like to stray too far from home.

Did you know that more than 760,000 Swiss live abroad. Most of the Swiss emigrating abroad are young: the average age for women is 33 years old and for men, it’s 35, nevertheless retirees make up 7% of those leaving Switzerland.

France is the biggest draw for expats, with a Swiss community of almost 200,000 people. The latest data from the Federal Statistical Office shows that 3,982 Swiss moved there in 2014. Second on the list is Germany with 86,774 expats at the end of 2015 and 2,667 new arrivals from Switzerland by the end of 2014.

Are you Swiss? Where do you live currently?

Monday, September 24, 2018

Calling all Young Swiss ABROAD

Fancy doing sports? Sightseeing? Getting to know Switzerland? Learn one of the offical languages? Or discover Swiss politics? No problem! The Organisation of the Swiss Abroad (OSA) offer something for everyone.

Young Swiss from all over the world can enjoy the exciting programmes prepared by the OSA. This organisation allows young Swiss abroad to experience an unforgettable holiday and offers training schemes in their second homeland.

The OSA Youth Service is organising two ski camps this winter. Youngsters between the ages of 15 and 25 have the opportunity to forge links between themselves, enjoy the snow sports season and spend a week in their home country.

New Year ski camp in Valbella GR (15 to 18 years old)
26.12.2018 – 04.01.2019

New Year ski camp in Saas-Grund VS (+18 years old)
27.12.2018 – 05.01.2019

At the beginning of the year, the Youth Service organises one language course in German and one in French.

German Courses in Bern
07.01.2019 – 18.01.2019

French Courses in Biel
07.01.2019 – 18.01.2019

If you're younger than 15 years old, you can sign up by their partner organisation, the Foundation for Young Swiss Abroad (FYSA)!

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Take the Swiss quiz

You might have read this week's post on Swiss Naturalization. You might be wondering about the questions ask during the exam. Well, you can actually have some fun while training for the Swiss naturalization exam! A new online platform has been launch with tons of quizzes to challenge your Swiss knowledge and your friends.

In order to help the candidates of the naturalization to prepare the questions on history, politics, culture and the Swiss geography, a young entrepreneur lausannois, 28, recently naturalized Swiss, launched naturalisation-switzerland.ch.

Do you know in which canton the document of the Federal Charter of 1291 are stored? Unterwalden, Bern, Schwytz or Uri?

Question of day to test your knowledge of Swiss politics:

Which alternative does NOT represent characteristics of the President of the Confederation?
- He/She chairs sessions of the Federal Council
- The duration of the mandate is 4 years
- He/She is elected by the Federal Assembly
- He/She is the representative of the Swiss Confederation abroad

Are you ready for the challenge? All you need to do is create an account and you are set. Not to worry the questions also come in English: https://www.naturalisation-switzerland.ch/en/

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