Mikilfenglegt landslagið skartar snævi þöktum Alpatindum og grösugum fjallshlíðum þar sem kýr eru hvarvetna á beit og um það bil 1500 kristaltær stöðuvötn prýða landið.

Á virkum dögum eru menntaskólanemar yfirleitt með allan hugann við námið, en margir sækja líka íþróttaæfingar og tónlistartíma eftir skóla eða annað félagsstarf. Um helgar stunda ungmenni margs konar klúbbastarf eða taka þátt í samfélagsverkefnum, svo sem þorpshátíðum, fimleikamótum eða hátíðahöldum á sögulegum merkisdögum. Þú skalt því gera ráð fyrir að fá næg tækifæri til að skreppa á skíði, fara í fjallgöngur eða kíkja á kaffihús eða dansstaði með vinunum.

 

People & Community

You’ll most likely live in a German-speaking region in a suburban town, but some students are also placed in rural or urban areas. Swiss families can be very diverse but most are hard-working and thrifty, with only one or two children. Most families in Switzerland have pets, a cat or a dog. On weekends, people often take trips to visit extended family or friends.

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School

Swiss students are highly motivated and disciplined when it comes to academics and the school system is very competitive. You’ll most likely attend a Matura school, a high school that prepares students for the University. A typical day starts around 8 am and ends around 6 pm, with days ending earlier on Wednesdays around noon. There are seven compulsory core subjects which include national and foreign languages, maths, natural sciences, humanities and social sciences, and visual arts and/or music.

Language

With four official languages (German, French, Italian, and Romansch), Switzerland is an ideal place for international education.

A Swiss-German dialect is spoken in the German-speaking areas of Switzerland. French is spoken in the western part of the country and Italian in the south. Romansh is a language that derives directly from ancient Latin and has survived and developed in the isolation of Alpine valleys. No matter where you will be staying, you should have some prior knowledge of the language – at least B1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages for German, French or Italian. You will also have the chance to attend an intensive language course in the first weeks of your program, and AFS Switzerland will offer you an online Rosetta Stone language course.

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Food

Healthy meals are important to Swiss families Swiss cuisine is mainly a union of French and German alpine cuisine. One famous dish is fondue, in which Emmenthaler andGruyère cheese is melted with white wine and eaten with bread cubes. Rosti (a crispy, fried, shredded potato) is the Swiss-German national dish. Swiss chocolate is world-famous and beloved by all.

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