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Study Abroad Program
Programs to Switzerland are classed as study abroad programs. This means that your host family will be paid a stipend to cover your basic living expenses. Program rules and expectations remain the same as on a WEP student exchange program.
The most common type of schooling in Switzerland is public schooling. Because the curricula are nearly identical in both private and public schooling, the general mind-set of the Swiss is that private schools are for those who didn't make it into a public school.
Typical subjects in a Swiss school include languages, humanities, economics, maths, science, visual arts, music, and sport.
Switzerland has four national languages; German, French, Italian and Romansh. The German region is roughly located in the east, north and centre of Switzerland, with 64% of the population speaking German. WEP exchange students are always placed in German-speaking Switzerland.
How hard is it to learn German in Australia? MEDIUM. 44 weeks OR 1,110 class hours are required to become proficient in German. Fast-track your language studies on exchange!
Generally speaking, Switzerland's climate is moderate with no excessive heat, cold or humidity. From July to August the daytime temperature tends to fall between 18 - 28°C and from January to February temperatures tend to fall between -2 - 7°C.
Depending on daylight saving, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane are between seven to eight hours ahead of Switzerland.
Two years prior German language study at time of application plus ongoing study. Limited places available.