Study in Liechtenstein
Graduate programs in Liechtenstein
Liechtenstein is the world’s sixth smallest country and is a place full of quirky facts. Yes, its Prince does live in a castle on a hill and invites the whole country to an annual party. Yes, it is the biggest producer of false teeth in the world. Yes, it is roughly the same size as Manhattan in New York.
However, it’s also a country with a high standard of living and a university offering some great course. Choosing to study a graduate program in Liechtenstein is a bold choice that might just pay off.
There are four institutions of higher education in Liechtenstein. The four places you can study a graduate program in Liechtenstein are:
- University of Liechtenstein
- Private University in the Principality of Liechtenstein
- Liechtenstein Institute
International Academy for Philosophy
Traditionally, most students in Liechtenstein have studied graduate programs in Austria, Germany or Switzerland. However, many international students are now choosing to study in Liechtenstein motivated by a combination of excellent courses and a high standard of living.
Immigration and visas in Liechtenstein
Although not a member of the EU, Liechtenstein does have reciprocal visa regulations with EU member countries. Consequently, EU students are able to study a graduate program in Liechtenstein without needing a visa. However, they will need to apply for a short-term residency permit.
Non-EU students will need to apply for a visa to study a graduate program in Liechtenstein. You will generally need to show the following, regardless of your nationality:
- You have a confirmed place on a course at a recognised education institution
- You are not already in the country on a tourist or business visa
- You have paid all relevant visa fees
- You have sufficient funds to support yourself
You have comprehensive health insurance cover
Life in Liechtenstein
If you choose to study a graduate program in Liechtenstein you’ll have plenty of things to do in your spare time. From charming villages to Alpine scenery, Liechtenstein is a friendly country which is easy to get around.
Capital Vaduz has the best shopping, restaurants and nightlife, but you can explore the entire country in a whole day. Try wine tours at Hofkelleri, alpine hiking in Stucka and make sure you’re in town on August 15th – Prince Hans-Adam II holds an annual party at his castle with an open invitation for everyone in the country to attend.
Working in Liechtenstein
Liechtenstein might be a small country, but it’s big on business. Liechtenstein actually has more registered companies than inhabitants and is a popular destination with international businesses.
Liechtenstein is known for its low business taxes and friendly corporate tax rates. In terms of production, Liechtenstein is an exporter of several curious products – ceramics, false teeth and sausage casing are amongst its main exports.
Most international students studying a graduate program in Liechtenstein will choose to live in accommodation provided by the university. This is a great way of meeting fellow students, plus it saves a lot of hassle in trying to organise your own private property from outside Liechtenstein.
However, if you do decide to go private, there are lots of options. Check with your chosen university and they’ll be able to provide advice on areas to live.
Climate in Liechtenstein
Liechtenstein has an alpine climate with warm, damp summers and relatively mild winters. The main summer months are between June and August, when temperatures will reach an average of around 21C, while winter is at its coldest during December and January. It’s not uncommon for temperatures to struggle to get above freezing at this time.
Liechtenstein is a well connected country, with well maintained roads and excellent public transport. Cycling is popular, with more than 56 miles of marked bicycle paths throughout the country.
Railways connect Liechtenstein to Austria and Switzerland, with four stations through Liechtenstein.
One issue for international students however – Liechtenstein does not have an airport. The nearest major airport is Zurich in Switzerland, which is nearly 80 miles away by road.
The currency of Liechtenstein is the Swiss franc.