With 20% of students coming from abroad, the University of Neuchatel is one of the most international universities in Switzerland. Many of the professors at the UniNE enjoy an international reputation, and they bring their wealth of knowledge and expertise to the classroom in a highly personalized teaching style. Students benefit from small class size, group work, seminars, and for those students going for the fall semester, a free ten-day language and culture orientation immersion program with organized excursions.
Although UK/Gatton students can go to UniNe in the fall and/or spring terms, students going in the Fall must alert UniNe that they will need to complete their final exams before the Christmas break, as UniNe students typically wait until January.
Generally, the language of instruction is French*. However, Gatton students with senior standing (90 UK credits), can study economics through their master’s level program in English. Students wishing to study other subjects should be conversational in French at the European B2 Portfolio level (advanced intermediate 300 level). Alternatively, students can also study French language at UniNe's Institute of French Language and Culture.
Neuchatel is a friendly and small-sized city steeped in history, hosting a total student population of a little over 4,000. As a result, you'll find a young and cosmopolitan atmosphere, with plenty of things to see and do. Beautiful historic architecture, numerous coffee shops and restaurants, and a vibrant social scene. Although Switzerland is generally quite an expensive country, Neuchatel is much more affordable.
*Please note that the UniNe website operates in French and English. Because French is the official language, the information published on the French pages may be updated more frequently and thus may be more accurate. For example, the academic calendar published in English may not include the exams dates, so make sure you review the French pages as well.
Generally, students will find the most success when pursuing economics courses in English if they are first semester senior Economics majors (90 hours or more). At this level, they can usually study courses taught in the first year master’s program at UniNE. It is not unusual for this to occur but it is helpful, therefore, for students to have at least senior standing. There are some marketing and management courses offered in English as well as several International Business minor courses. Although there is no official French language requirement if students are only taking courses taught in English, some French language familiarity would be helpful in this location as most application materials, housing information, and much of the information on site is given primarily in French.