Masters in Liechtenstein

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Population: 35,000
# of Int. Students: 1,000*
# of Institutes: 4
Education Expenditure: 20‰ of GDP
Academic Year: Runs from September to August
*= Approx. total

Study in Liechtenstein

There are four higher education institutions in Liechtenstein providing undergraduate to postgraduate study programmes.

Students benefit from innovative learning methods and a balanced staff-student ratio. Relevant content supports future career prospects in an attractive employment market. Teaching activities focus on knowledge that is industry relevant plus quality research and innovation work.

People get to know each other on campus and students receive dedicated personal coaching and attention throughout the length of their studies. A pleasant campus atmosphere, social approach and unique location in the Alps enable efficient teaching and personal development.

Study programmes

The study programmes at the University of Liechtenstein are structured in accordance with the Bologna Process. The Bachelor’s degree programmes lead to a first professional qualification at an institution of higher education. The Master’s degree programme provides in-depth study and specialisation in the designated subject, while doctorate studies mark the last stage in higher education.

Programmes are available in fields like architecture, business administration, philosophy or management.

Lifelong learning is a basic requirement for long-term success and a personal investment in the future. Programmes provide theoretical instruction, market orientation and applicability to professional practice. Continuing education programmes include executive master’s and university programmes, symposiums and conferences as well as lectures and seminars. In addition, universities in Lichtenstein are continually looking for ways to improve study programme relevance to the business climate.

General application requirements

Applications can be made online or in written form by completing an application form. The application is defined as officially submit-ted on the day on which all necessary documents have reached the University in their complete form. For applicants from EU/EEA countries and Switzerland, different deadlines can apply. Documents not available in German or English are to be submitted in the form of certified translations.

All applicants for Bachelor‘s, Master‘s and doctoral degree programmes must confirm on application that they have never been expelled from studies in the same field at another university.

In order to be accepted to a Bachelor’s degree programme the following requirements must be fulfilled and be proven by submitting the respective documents with the application:

  • Knowledge of the German language to Liechtenstein ‘Matura’ level with the exception of students on exchange programmes.
  • ‘Matura‘ or ‘Vocational Matura‘. In the case of a foreign ‘Matura‘ certificate, its equivalence must either be checked or determined on the basis of a reciprocal agreement.

In order to be admitted to a Master’s degree programme at the University of Liechtenstein, the student must prove to have successfully completed the relevant Bachelor’s degree programme or an equivalent university programme.

For detailed information relating the application process, contact student services in the university.

For more information visit: http://www.uni.li/Studium/StudienberatungundBewerbung/tabid/2341/language/en-US/Default.aspx

Internships opportunities

Students have the opportunity to study one or two semesters outside the country while studying in Liechtenstein. They may participate in study visits at other universities/partner universities and take professional internships in the European Economic Area as part of the Erasmus programme. Academic achievement is recognised according to the guidelines of the European Credit Transfer Systems (ECTS). Flexible internship regulations permit students to choose an internship model corresponding to their personal needs.

Research

Universities in Lichtenstein aim to acquire knowledge through research and participation in discussions as part of the scientific community. Internationally recognised research accomplishments are highly valued in the country. Research is conducted within designated focus areas with a high degree of relevance for the country and region. To promote quality, a research-friendly framework has been created, challenging researchers to strive for excellence.

Career

Career services promote networking and the development of a community between students and potential employers. Educational and training programs to help you prepare for work in Liechtenstein or other European countries.

Liechtenstein provides students and graduates with one of the most attractive employment markets in the centre of Europe. Liechtenstein displays a high pro capita business performance rate. Global corporations, financial services organisations and the public sector in the Principality of Liechtenstein and the surrounding region are always looking for qualified specialists.

Study visa

Students who wish to take up temporary residence in Liechtenstein for the purpose of study need to apply for a short-term residence permit. Residence permits are issued by the Immigration and Passport Office and are required in order to study at the University of Liechtenstein.
Students from non-EU countries need to require a visa for entry to Liechtenstein. The University provides a bank guarantee, after the prospective student pays a deposit amounting to CHF 3,000. This amount is retained as a security deposit and will not be refunded until your departure.

For more visa information visit: http://www.uni.li/Studium/Studieninformationen/StudiereninLiechtenstein/EinreiseundAufenthalt/tabid/291/language/en-US/Default.aspx

Living in Liechtenstein

  • Universities in Liechtenstein focuses on ecological sustainability, encouraging students and staff to use public transport, carpooling or even take the bike to come to university.
  • Special student offers apply for events taking place on university campuses, providing an active exchange between students and university staff.
  • Sporting activities are available: biking, boarding, hiking. The student office organizes sporting activities, participation in international competi­tions, parties and spontaneous barbecues against stunning backdrops
  • For culture fans, there are theatre plays, jazz concerts and exhibitions.
  • Tuition fees in universities in Lichtenstein are around CHF 850 per semester. The cost of living in Liechtenstein is roughly the same as in Switzerland.
  • The minimum expected cost of living for students living in Liechtenstein amounts to around CHF 1,500 per month. Many EU citizens commute from neighbouring Austria, where living costs are lower.
  • Shared accommodations and a limited number of student dormitories are located on university campuses.
  • German is the official language of Liechtenstein but each community has a distinct dialect
  • All inhabitants say hello using the informal “hoi”. In Liechtenstein, everyone is considered a friend, even the prince.
  • The Hofkelleri winery is a traditional winery fermenting grapes in steel instead of oak barrels. The winery has a very small production rate but it is of very high quality.

About Liechtenstein

The Principality of Liechtenstein is located in the Alpine Rhine Valley, surrounded by the neighboring countries of Switzerland and Austria. Its area is just over 160 square kilometers (62 square miles), and it has an estimated population of 35,000. Its capital is Vaduz. Liechtenstein is the fourth smallest state in Europe and the richest (by measure of GDP) country in the world. Liechtenstein also has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the world at 1.5%.

Liechtenstein is a principality organised as a constitutional monarchy led by a prince. Liechtenstein is divided into 11 municipalities. Liechtenstein is a member of the European Free Trade Association and part of the European Economic Area and the Schengen Area, but not of the European Union.

There are more than 30 large industrial enterprises in Liechtenstein. While 76% of the land is agricultural, only one percent of the population is involved in farming activities. The average inhabitant has an income equivalent to $115,000 per year, and the taxes are only four to eight percent because the large banking industry.

The official language is German and the spoken language is an Alemannic dialect. The official currency is the Swiss franc (CHF), the same as Switzerland.

Institutes in Liechtenstein

4 Masters in Vaduz


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