I have been browsing for information on language requirements for universities in Switzerland, and on a page studyineurope.eu I accidentally read a quite interesting note about studying medicine in Switzerland. They say:

foreign students are not allowed to apply for study programs related to medicine, dentistry, veterinary and chiropractic in Switzerland

Now, I'm not interested in studying medicine, but I'm curious about this policy, because it seems unusual. Googling the topic gave me no results, so I thought I would ask it here. Do you know or have any idea why would they have such a bizarre policy?

  • Related question about the United States: Can an international student gain admission to medical school in the USA? – ff524 Jul 30 '15 at 1:07
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    My guess: the government has to pay much more to support an individual medicine student than, say, a student of english literature because of all the expenses for labs, equipment etc. They probably do not want to spend this money on non-residents. – CrepusculeWithNellie Jul 30 '15 at 1:29
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    @CrepusculeWithNellie I don't see how Medicine is much more expensive than Biology or Chemistry. – Davidmh Mar 29 '16 at 9:12

In Switzerland, access to medicine, dentistry and veterinary is limited due to high demand (also for Swiss students). The test for admission is called Numerus clauses and it was introduced because the capacity of the universities are too low and demand too high. Basically they are allowed to test students if demand is more than 20% above capacity.

Regarding the information about foreign students, this does not seem to be the case. On the University of Zurich website (in German http://www.med.uzh.ch/Medizinstudium/humanmedizinstudium.html ) they state that everybody, Swiss and foreigners, have to take the test but in principle foreign students can study medicine at a Swiss university (at least according to UZH):

Zum Medizinstudium sind Schweizerinnen und Schweizer sowie Ausländerinnen und Ausländer, die bestimmte Zulassungskriterien erfüllen müssen, zugelassen

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    So, in short, the information is wrong? – Weckar E. Feb 1 '17 at 12:34
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    yes, it seems to be the case – hroest Mar 10 '17 at 17:10

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