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Due to the fact that it is surrounded by Germany, France, Italy, Austria and Liechtenstein, the city of Montreux has a varied mix of cultures and languages. A large percentage of the population speak German, while other parts speak French and Italian. Montreux has a very active arts scene with the well-known two-week Montreux Jazz festival occurring in the summer.

Due to the close proximity of the Alps that cover over 60% of Montreux’s landscape, the city is a prime destination for climbing, skiing, snowboarding, biking and various other sporting activities, so any students interested in these type of extra-curricular activities should consider coming to study in Montreux.

Geneva Cointrin International Airport is the closest major airport to Montreux and serves direct flights from most major European hubs as well as a few cities in Canada and the United states, North Africa and the Middle East.

Sights Not to Miss in Montreux

  1. Chateau de Chillon is a historic castle and Montreux’s most visited location on the small island in Lake Geneva. This castle was originally owned by the House of Savoy, one of the oldest ruling families of Italy. The castle houses several medieval legends and Gothic dungeons.
  2. Montreux Jazz festival is the event of the summer in Montreux and one of the most international music festivals. Initially started as a jazz-only festival, it has since broadened its musical horizons into other music genres as well. The festival generally runs for two weeks and over the years has featured artists like Miles Davis, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald as well as Pink Floyd, Deep Purple and BB King.
  3. The 3.5 kilometer promenade between Clarens and the Chateau de Chillon is a wash with blossoms during springtime. The promenade is most popular and highly recommended for its views of Lake Geneva and Chillon’s reflection in Lake Geneva.
  4. Queen: The studio experience - aimed for die hard fans and aficionados of the rock band Queen. Held at Montreux Mountains Studios, there is plenty of memorabilia as well as a tour of the original sound studio where the lead singer, Freddie Mercury recorded his last songs.
  5. Montreux Noel - not a specific location but the city decked in winter decoration is a sight for all to experience. Montreux in preparation for the winter has no lack of medieval markets and Christmas decorations making it a fairytale Christmas destination. The nearby town of Caux also transforms itself into an authentic and enchanting portrayal of a Christmas village.

Studying in Montreux

Those coming to study in Montreux will enjoy the best study environment, a balance of calm yet adventurous lifestyle as they pursue an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in Switzerland. Some of the most popular fields to study in Montreux include business and hospitality, making finding job opportunities in these fields relatively easier. The large number of international students that choose Montreux as a study destination make the study experience an enjoyable one.

A majority of the population may speak French, however, due to the large number of international inhabitants and visitors , there are many accredited programs in English students may choose to study in Montreux.  Additionally, living cost in Montreux has been estimated to around 750-850 EUR per month. Housing is generally offered by the university of acceptance at accessible prices. Private living is also available between 400- 2000 EUR per month.

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