University of Neuchâtel

Neuchâtel, Switzerland
The University of Neuchatel (UniNE) is an internationally recognised institution as well as a university on a human scale. With 4380 students from Switzerland and beyond (nearly 20% of students from abroad), it provides high quality teaching and support.



The Academy of Neuchatel was founded in 1838. It owes its birth not only to the strong political will to provide the region with a high quality educational establishment, but also to the geologist and paleontologist Louis Agassiz who made significant scientific advances at the time.


Bachelor and Master degrees are compatible with most other European universities and are in line with society’s expectations in a variety of innovative and cutting-edge fields.


Thanks to the relatively small size of the University of Neuchatel, students can be active participants rather than just an audience. They are initiated into the production of knowledge very early in their studies. Moreover bachelor students (in some fields) and master students have the opportunity to participate in projects with PhD students and other researchers.

Engaging master students in research opens up attractive prospects for professional development. Indeed, many institutes of the University of Neuchatel have established linkages with firms on the national and international level.


At UniNE, join associations and clubs! Put your newly aquired academic skills into practice by participating in the many different activities offered by student groups and start building a network that will serve you well throughout your career.

Master's Programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (2)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Humanities (1)


Student services

The Social service manages the social assistance fund as well as the University's private subsidy fund for students in need. It offers a sympathetic ear and guarantees confidentiality. The service deals with requests from students for social or financial support, advises them on administrative procedures and social security matters and, when necessary, directs them towards other specialized services (family planning, psycho-social centre, etc.).

The Social service also serves as a link between the Confederation and holders of Swiss Federal scholarships, for whom it handles matters such as arrivals and departures, health insurance, residence permits and compliance with special regulations.

Housing services

Would you like to share a living space which includes housekeeping services? Then the University of Neuchatel has what you’re looking for, with affordable rooms to boot!

  • Cité Al’FEN SA offers over 300 rooms and studios in five residences located in the town of Neuchâtel, all within easy reach of the campus and public transport.
  • La Résidence offer studios and shared rooms.
  • There are many other affordable housing possibilities in Neuchâtel near the town centre and the University.

Library services

The library is open to the public by appointment only. The use of the library is for reference, and books are therefore unfortunately not available for loan but copies of the documents can be made on site.

Medical services

It is obligatory for everyone living in Switzerland (including foreign students) to adhere to a basic health insurance. The insurance must be acquired within the first three months following your registration with the Foreign Residents’ Office in your Commune of residence.

Student Life

Campus life

Nestled at the foot of a mountain, on the shores of the largest expanse of water entirely within Swiss borders, Neuchâtel is the perfect venue for students.

In Neuchâtel, you will enjoy:

  • a central location in Switzerland and Europe
  • modern infrastructure and facilities
  • a wide range of cultural pursuits (theaters, museums, festivals)
  • security, both on- and off-campus
  • significantly lower costs of housing and living than in big Swiss cities!
  • a relatively mild climate

Sports facilities

If you like sports, you will be delighted with the exceptional opportunities available in the Neuchâtel region. Whether in winter or summer, the UniNE Sports Service (SUN) offers a wide range of activities including:

  • outdoor sports such as skiing, snowshoeing, golf, tennis, sailing
  • indoor sports such as indoor football, ice hockey, badminton, fitness training
  • more "exotic" disciplines such as juggling, aikido or aïkibudo, and hip-hop, salsa, merengue and cumbia dancing
  • a variety of health-oriented wellness activities

Student clubs

Three student societies are active on the campus. They organise a wide range of activities ranging from conferences and excursions to crazy parties.

The University of Neuchatel provides all the possibilities for students to realize their aspirations:

  • Ancient Theatre Group
  • Halluciné Film Club
  • Pange Lingua Ensemble